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Rob Castille Hired as GW Men's Tennis Coach

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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WASHINGTON - GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Tanya Vogel has tabbed Rob Castille as the new head coach for the men's tennis program. Castille has spent the last five seasons as the head men's and women's tennis coach at St. Francis (Pa.)

"Rob emerged from an outstanding pool of candidates and we are excited to have him join our head coaches' group," Vogel said. "He is a values-driven leader who has achieved a high level of success as a head and assistant coach, including a successful tenure in the Atlantic 10 with Duquesne. 

"He is a driven competitor who will create a strong culture of determination, commitment and respect within our program as we strive to return to the top of the conference."

Castille led both the men's and women's programs to new heights at St. Francis. On the men's side, the team posted three straight undefeated regular seasons in the NEC from 2014-15 to 2016-17 and advanced to the NEC Championship match for the the first time in program history in 2016. In 2017, the Red Flash returned to the NEC Championship match and established a new program record with 15 wins.

"I want to thank Tanya Vogel, Nicole Early, and the rest of the search committee for this incredible opportunity," Castille said. "I am extremely honored to lead the men's tennis program at George Washington and to work with such exceptional student-athletes at such a prestigious institution. GW is a university where you can achieve excellence both on and off the court, which fits in perfectly with what is important to me and why I felt it was the right place for me. 

"The GW men's tennis program has a storied tradition and I can't wait to get started with them on working diligently every day in order to build upon that success. I'm excited to be returning to the A-10 and for the future of this program."

Castille held a 55-44 record as the men's head coach at Saint Francis with a sterling 30-6 mark against conference competition in his five years. He coached five first-team honorees, including an NEC Player of the Year, and an NEC Rookie of the Year. He guided the Red Flash women's program to numerous firsts in his tenure, including its first all-conference honoree in 2013-14. The women advanced to their first-ever NEC semifinals in Castille's first season and made the semifinals four straight years.

Prior to St. Francis, Castille spent seven seasons at Duquesne from 2005-12. In 2010, he led the Dukes to a third-place finish at the A-10 Championship, the best in program history. 

Castille was also an assistant for the Dukes from 2003-05 and holds an extensive tennis background. He served as a tennis pro at The Club Sport and Health in Monroeville, Pa. from 2005-13 and has also worked as the Greentree SportsPlex, Lakevue Racquet Club, Green Oaks Country Club, Treesdale Country Club and Hillcrest Country Club over the years.

A 1994 graduate of Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pa., Castille was the WPIAL runner-up in singles as a senior and a WPIAL runner-up in doubles as a sophomore and junior. He earned his bachelors degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. in 1998, where his teams finished among the top five in the country three straight years.

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