May 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde said at the beginning of the season this would be the year to reach new heights and that’s exactly what the squad continues to accomplish even though the season has ended. Assistant coach Oliver Foreman has been named the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year along with Washington’s Damon Coupe. This is Foreman’s second award of the season as just a few weeks ago the Eastbourne, England native was honored as the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region.
“I am so very happy for Oliver and his recognition as the National Co-Assistant Coach of the Year,” Hyde said. “Oliver continues to evolve into one of the most impressive young coaching talents in the nation, and his hard work and dedication to Florida State University and to the young women in our tennis program was recognized today on the center stage of college tennis at the NCAA Championships. His growth in the last four years has been exciting to watch, and the impact of his involvement has been greatly felt within our program. I’m so very proud of him and excited about the bright future ahead for Oliver.”
In his fourth season as an assistant coach for FSU, Foreman has continued the push upward with head coach Jennifer Hyde by his side. As one of the Atlantic Coast Conferences most reputable assistant coaches, Foreman has helped guide the team to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances while continuously keeping the team ranked in the top 20 programs in the nation. Since his arrival, Forman has helped the team achieve higher national recognition from No. 72 to a powerhouse that continues to be among the elite. With Foreman’s support, the squad prevailed past Georgia Tech, No. 7 at the time, in the 2009 ACC Tournament to make an appearance in the semifinal for the second straight year. Foreman then guided the Seminoles through the 2009 NCAA Tournament where the team battled in the second round against in-state rival Florida. With two Seminoles traveling up to compete at the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship on May 20, Foreman has continued to push the team to a new level of excellence each year.
“Words cannot describe how excited I am to receive this award,” Foreman said. “I’m still in amazement. To be singled out as the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year is without a doubt the highlight of my career, and to receive it while bleeding Garnet and Gold is a true honor and a privilege. To be the ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year was a great honor, but to receive an award of this caliber among the most elite assistant coaches in the country, I’m speechless.
“I would personally like to thank head coach Jennifer Hyde for mentoring me and giving me the opportunity to do what I love, and that is coaching the most elite collegiate athletes at one of the best programs in the country. Jennifer has been unbelievably supportive, and this award is as much hers as it is mine. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and will continue to help her and the team achieve the coveted title of National Champions.
“I would also like to mention the girls on the team, and let them know I would not trade one individual on the team for any other. They made this happen. They are the ones who fight everyday to achieve greatness. The sacrifices they have made and will continue to make inspire me as a coach to offer them everything I have and leave it all out there on the court.
“Lastly, but by no means least I would like to thank the Florida State Athletic Department for supporting our Women’s Tennis Program. They have done a tremendous job giving us as coaches and a team everything we need in order to excel and become an elite program in the country.”