Husack named Alabama men's tennis coach

The Crimson Tide has hired USC associate head coach George Husack to replace Billy Pate as the new men's tennis head coach. Pate, who was at Alabama for 10 seasons, recently left for the same position at Princeton. While Husack was at USC, the Trojans won three national titles.

As reported earlier today, Alabama has hired USC associate head coach George Husack to replace Billy Pate as the Crimson Tide's new men's tennis coach.

Pate recently left his post at Alabama after 10 seasons for the same position at Princeton.

"I am very pleased and proud to announce the hiring of George Husack as our new men's tennis head coach," Alabama athletic director Mal Moore said in a statement. "Coach Husack brings a strong background of championship experience with him to this position, and we are excited to welcome him to the Alabama athletics family."

Husack, who was named this year's Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Assistant Coach of the Year, was responsible for coaching, player development and recruiting for the Trojans, who have won four consecutive NCAA national championships.

While Husack was at USC the past three years, the Trojans went 85-6 and four individuals earned a combined 10 All-America honors.

"I'm ecstatic and extremely grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by Coach Moore and the University of Alabama," Husack said. "I was thoroughly impressed by so many things during the interview process, including the staff, facilities, success, commitment and character of the athletic department, university and Tuscaloosa community. The passion and pride for the Crimson Tide is unimaginable. I can't wait to get started."

Prior to his stint at USC, Husack spent two seasons as associate head coach Illinois after having been the head coach at Santa Clara for five years.

At Illinois, Husack helped the Illini to two straight Sweet 16's and while at Santa Clara, the program recorded its highest national singles and doubles rankings in school history.

Husack had success playing in his own right. He played for San Diego State in the 90s and led the Aztecs to their first-ever Top 25 ranking. He also spent two seasons competing professionally on the International Tennis Federation and United States Tennis Association Tours.

Alabama's men's tennis team has never won a national title and the last time it was crowned SEC champion was in 1976. Additionally, the last time the Tide finished in the Top 10 was in '93.

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