Feb. 8, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State Athletics Director Dave Hart
announced Tuesday the hiring of former Vanderbilt assistant coach Dave
Balogh as FSU’s new assistant coach for women’s tennis.
“I am looking forward to working with Lise,” said Balogh. “I have
heard nothing but great things about her coaching and her team’s
Balogh served as the assistant women’s tennis coach at Vanderbilt
University for a year and a half from Sept. 1998-Dec. 1999. With his aid,
the Commodores posted a 20-9 record and advanced to the NCAA’s Round of 16
after sweeping their NCAA Regional in Nashville without losing a single
match. The team finished the 1999 dual match season ranked No. 13 in the
ITA rankings. During his time at VU, Balogh worked with six players who
received ITA singles rankings at various points, including All-American
Julie Ditty who peaked at No. 7 during his tenure.
“The team here at FSU seems to have a great work ethic and
attitude,” said Balogh. “The chemistry here is great and it should be a
great year. I am really excited. This team has a tremendous amount of
potential and could be in the top 10 by the end of the season.”
Balogh played for four years at the University of Florida, helping
lead the Gators to the 1994 SEC Championship. Balogh received the
Presidential Recognition Award his senior year from University President
John Lombardi in recognition of his combination of academics, athletics and
leadership. He also served on UF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in recreation in 1996, the
life-long Gainesville native worked as a private coach. Amongst the
players he worked with were two-time NCAA Champion Lisa Raymond, ranked No.
20 in the world, 1996 NCAA Champion Jill Craybas and 1994 NCAA men’s
champion Mark Merklein. Balogh received an offer to travel with Jana
Novotna, but had to decline due to elbow surgery.
He is engaged to be married in August to Melissa Clark of Gainesville.