April 15, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Thanks to his team's 4-3 win at Navy on Saturday, Army men's tennis head coach Jim Poling became the program's career wins leader with 177 victories at West Point.
Poling surpassed Dr. Steve Strome for the school record, moving ahead of the coach who led Army to 176 wins from 1992-93 to 2001-02. In his 12th season at the Academy, Poling has taken the Black Knights to three of the five NCAA Tournaments in team history.
Poling first guided Army to the NCAAs in 2005, following a 21-5 season that came as just the third 20-win campaign in program history. Poling brought the Black Knights back to the national tournament in 2006 before reaching it for a third time in 2011.
The Winter Park, Fla., native has compiled 404 wins in 28 seasons as the collegiate level, following head coaching stints at Rollins (1993-2002), the University of Tulsa (1985-88), the University of South Alabama (1980-83) and Mississippi State University (1979-80). He reached the 400-win milestone on March 28, following Army's 7-0 win over Sacred Heart at Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
Poling has taken the Black Knights to the Patriot League championship match in 10 of his 11 seasons at Army, and has coached a total of five Patriot League Players of the Year. Army senior Asika Isoh captured the award in 2013 and 2012, while Carl Fisher (2006), John Sabia (2004) and Arnie Albornoz (2003) also earned the league's top honor.