The Elizabethtown College mens tennis team has built a competitive
tradition with 62 years of success on the varsity level. All time, Elizabethtown has posted a 377-359-2 record in dual matches.
The mens tennis program began at Elizabethtown College in 1947 under
the guidance of Coach Ira R. Herr. In his first three seasons, his teams
compiled a 24-2 record, including a perfect 9-0 campaign in 1949. He finished
his eight-year tenure with a 44-21 mark.
The Blue Jays captured eight Middle Atlantic Conference Northwest Section
titles; the most recent coming in 1991 and 1992. Elizabethtown won six
MAC Northwest championships from 1974-81. Following the 1993 realignment of
the MAC, the team finished second in the Commonwealth League in 1998,
posting a 5-1 league record and 15-4 overall record.
The Blue Jays won their first-ever Commonwealth Conference championship in 2005 after going 14-4 overall. Most recently, the Blue Jays finished as the conference runners-up in 2007.
Robert Garrett, who coached from 1967-88, concluded his 21-year career
in 1988 with a 136-104-2 record. His 1974 squad posted an 11-0 mark.
Bob Schott led the team from 1989 to 1993, compiling a 37-21 overall mark,
including a 12-2 finish in 1992.
Skip Roderick led the team between 1994 and 1996, going 15-24. He remains
the teams assistant coach today.
Roderick was followed by Kathy Montgomery, who guided the team to a 27-19
record from 1997 to 1999.
Jon Flood '98 took the reins of the program in the fall of 1999 and guided the team to a 9-3 overall mark in 2000, the best record for a first-year coach since Herr's founding of the program with an 8-1 mark in 1947. After guiding the team to a 6-5 finish in 2001, he left and Matt Helsel was named the head coach in 2002. Helsel guided the team to a 10-9 mark in 2002, and in 2003 he led the team to its best finish in five years as the Blue Jays went 12-4 overall.
The best was yet to come, as Helsel guided the team to its first-ever conference championship in 2005.
Mike Bailey 89 is the College record holder for most singles wins in a career
with 43. Second on the career singles win list is Greg Voshell '05 with 42, and Josh Miller '05 ranks third with 40.
The Blue Jays play their home matches on six hard-true tennis courts.
Elizabethtown was the site for the Middle Atlantic Conference championships
in 1992 and 1993 and the Commonwealth Conference championships in 2005, and Etown hosted the MASCAC individual championships in 1999 and 2000.