Chris Frusci Head Coach, Men's and Women's Tennis Office: Athletics Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2009
When Chris Frusci guides NYIT athletes through the mechanics of a serve or the timing of a drop shot on one of six tennis courts in Old Westbury, he taps into a strategic instinct honed from years of playing baseball, football, and basketball. As head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams, he has shaped a nascent program into a major contender in the East Coast Conference (ECC) in under three years.
"Coaching was my way to continue competing even after college and I've loved it from the start," he says.
Frusci recruits hard-working players with a strong sense of character and a passion for tennisqualities that have bolstered the program. The women's tennis team won the ECC Championship in October 2012, followed by the men's team earlier this month. It was the first time in conference history that one college won the men's and women's ECC Championship in the same year. Both teams will advance for the first time to the NCAA Division II Tournament Round of 16 on Wednesday, May 8 in Surprise, Ariz.
"I'm extremely competitive, so there was extra motivation for me to coach a sport that I never played on a collegiate level," says Frusci, who taught himself the game by reading literature, attending clinics, observing Division 1 practices, and asking plenty of questions. "Learning on the fly was the best experience I could've had. I made some mistakes, but it all came down to my willingness to succeed."
Off court, Frusci is a fan of the Miami Dolphins, New York Yankees, and San Antonio Spursteams he has followed since age 5. He enjoys listening to music, eating out at different restaurants, exercising, and spending time with family.