Fleishman guided Wake Forest to this year's NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons. The 2002 Demon Deacons tied the school record for wins in a season and finished with a 24-6 record. WFU was a mainstay in the top 10 of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings this season and reached as high as No. 2 in March. Fleishman also coached junior Bea Bielik to the Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships singles title and to No. 1 national rankings in singles and doubles (with Janet Bergman) this season.
Fleishman, in his fourth season at the helm of the Demon Deacon program, has compiled a 76-23 record (.768) as a head coach, all at WFU. The 2000 ACC Coach of the Year, Fleishman has led the Deacs to four straight NCAA appearances. He has coached seven All-Americas during his tenure at Wake, which included two seasons (1997-98) as an assistant coach. Under Fleishman¡¦s guidance, the Deacons have recorded a 28-4 ACC record the last four seasons and are 9-4 in NCAA Tournament play.
The National Coach of the Year Award is a first for the WFU women¡¦s tennis program. Fleishman becomes the second Deacon coach to earn national recognition in the 2001-02 season, as women¡¦s golf coach Dianne Dailey was named Coach of the Year by the LPGA this past fall.