Patton Adds Pierre Tafelski to Staff
Nov. 2, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Greg Patton, Boise State’s head men’s tennis coach, announced today the addition of Pierre Tafelski to his staff as assistant coach. Tafelski brings four years of collegiate coaching experience with him to Boise State. He joins the Bronco coaching staff from Longwood University (Farmville, Va.) where he was the head coach for the past two seasons.

“I am very excited to be here and to be a part of a strong program that has such an amazing history in college tennis,” Tafelski said. “I want to thank coach Patton for giving me the opportunity to help Boise State get back to the top of the Mountain West Conference and back to being one of the top teams in the country.”

“I feel like King Arthur, and I just received news that Sir Lancelot had just joined the Round Table,” said Patton. “To land a talent who turned around Longwood University as their head coach, and have his expertise is a gift to our athletic department, to our athletes and to the Boise tennis community. Over the past years, everywhere he has coached from Hawaii Pacific to Longwood have benefited from his presence to achieve success. I really feel that the Boise State tennis program is now a two-headed dragon with truly two head coaches to lead our team back to the national prominence that we have held at the top of NCAA Division I over the past 25 years.”

The native of Nantes, France, was named the Big South Conference Coach of the Year this past spring after leading Longwood to its best season in program history compiling a 14-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Big South play for a program-best fourth-place finish in the league standings.

During his two years at Longwood, Tafelski compiled a 21-21 overall record. His first recruiting class yielded Amadeo Blasco who was named 2017 Big South Freshman of the Year.

In addition to being named coach of the year, his accomplishments at Longwood include his student-athletes earning one Big South Freshman of the Year accolade and three All-Big South honors in singles and two in doubles. Academically his teams received two ITA All-Academic Team awards (2016 and 2017) for team cumulative GPA, while his players combined for eight ITA Scholar Athlete honors and two Academic All-Big South accolades.

Tafelski was twice voted the Longwood Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017 by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at the year-end athletics banquet. That award is voted on by members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee who represent every athletics program at Longwood.

Prior to Longwood, Tafelski was a graduate assistant coach at Hawaii Pacific for two years working with both the men’s and women’s teams. In 2013-14, his final season at HPU, he was named the ITA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year for women’s tennis, as well as earning the same honor for the ITA West Region.

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