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Now in his 23rd year as the head coach of the men’s andwomen’s tennis programs, Quinnipiac Athletics Hall of FamerMike Quitko has transformed the Bobcats from a Division IIpowerhouse into one of the top mid-major Division I programs in thenation.
A career decorated with laurels and accolades, the 2012-13season featured an unparalleled milestone for the tennismastermind. Quitko collected his 500th career win when theQuinnipiac men’s and women’s tennis teams swept SaintFrancis University on April 13, 2013. Quitko became the first coachever at Quinnipiac to reach 500 career wins.
Quitko turned to a new chapter in his storied career in 2013-14,spearheading the charge into a new conference, the Metro AtlanticAthletic Conference (MAAC). On July 1, 2013, Quinnipiac officiallyconcluded its term with the Northeast Conference, and directed itsattention to the New York based association.
New league but same results for the 23rd year headcoach. Quitko guided the women’s tennis team to its seventhDivision I Conference Championship, defeating Fairfield in thefinals for the MAAC Championship Title. Quitko was tabbed 2014 MAACCoach of the Year while Sophia Dzulynsky was named MAAC Player ofthe Year. Six other players earned All-League honors and JacquelineRaynor earned MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer.
Previously, Quitko led the Bobcats to six Northeast Conferencewomen’s tournament titles from 2004-11. The men’s teamalso won three straight NEC championships from 2004-06. Thewomen’s team faced UCLA (2011), Stanford University (2004,2006), the University of Georgia (2005), UCLA (2007) and Miami(Fla.) (2008). The men’s team has played Stanford (2010,2006), Harvard University (2004) and the University of Illinois(2005). Quitko left the Northeast Conference with an unprecedented10 NEC Championships to his name.
Quitko has recorded a combined mark of 526-319 (.621) in his 23seasons with the Bobcats. The men’s side has posted a 238-171(.582) record, while the women’s squad has gone 296-148(.666).
On April 8, 2008, Quitko earned his 400th career victory as theQuinnipiac women defeated Fairfield, 6-1. Quitko ranks second amongactive New England Division I tennis coaches in career victoriesand is first all-time among Quinnipiac coaches, moving ahead oflegendary men’s basketball coach Burt Kahn (459 careervictories). For his accomplishments, Quitko was inducted into theQuinnipiac Athletics Hall of Fame on February 28, 2009.
Named the Northeast-10 Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in1992, 1993 and 1996, Quitko was also named the Northeast ConferenceCoach of the Year in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011. Along withNE-10 Men’s Coach of the Year Awards in 1993, 1997 and 1998,and NEC Men’s Coach of the Year Awards in 2004, 2005 and2010, Quitko’s total is 14 conference coach of the yearawards.
By virtue of winning both the Northeast Conference men’sand women’s tournaments on April 24, 2004, Quitko tookanother step up the Division I ladder as the Bobcats secured NCAADivision I tournament berths for the first time in schoolhistory.
In 2005, Quitko guided the Bobcats to a repeat. On April 24,2005, the women’s team defeated Long Island and themen’s team downed Mt. St. Mary’s to make itback-to-back titles and NCAA appearances. The programs combined fora 26-14 record in 2005.
For his efforts, Quitko was named 2005 NEC Coach of the Year inboth men’s and women’s tennis. It was the secondstraight year that he had earned the honor from the league.
The Bobcats made it a three-peat in 2006 as the men defeatedFairleigh Dickinson, 4-0, and the women slid past Long Island, 4-3,April 23, 2006, in the Northeast Conference TournamentChampionship.
Following the 2006 season, 13 players (seven men and six women)earned All-Northeast Conference honors.
The women’s team earned a fourth straight conference titleon April 21, 2007. The Bobcats were trailing, 3-2, to Long Islandin the finals with both Mary Wilson (No. 2) and Amanda Petruzzi(No. 4) behind in the remaining two matches. Petruzzi trailed, 6-1,in the third-set tie-breaker, and faced five consecutivechampionship points. She proceeded to win seven straight points toclaim the tie-breaker and even the score. Trailing 4-2 in the thirdset, Wilson won four straight games to give Quinnipiac thetrophy.
The Quinnipiac women defeated Long Island, 4-2, in 2008 to earna fifth consecutive championship. Wilson was named NEC Player ofthe Year as a sophomore and freshman Adrienne Markison earned NECRookie of the Year honors. The Bobcats made it a clean sweep of theNEC awards as Quitko took his sixth NEC Coach of the Year award.Five Bobcats were named all-conference. In addition, Quitko led themen’s team to a runner-up finish.
The top-seeded Quinnipiac women returned to the top andcollected their sixth NEC title in 2011. With an exciting 4-3 winover #2 seed Fairleigh Dickinson, the Bobcats advanced to the NCAATournament for a first round match-up against UCLA.
Once again, Quitko remains in elite company on the nationallevel. Quitko joined Winthrop University’s Cid Carvalho asthe only coaches to lead both their school’s men’s andwomen’s teams to the NCAA Tournament in three straight years,2004-06.
A respected member of the tennis community, Quitko completed athree-year term as East Regional chair for the Division Iwomen’s tennis committee in 2007-08, his fifth year on thecommittee.
In 2003-04, the men’s and women’s programs combinedto post a 30-11 record (.732). The women’s squad finished theregular season with a 13-4 mark and rolled through the NECtournament with shutout wins over Robert Morris, Mt. St.Mary’s and Long Island.
Meanwhile, the men’s squad closed with an 11-5 mark,sandwiching shutout wins over St. Francis, N.Y. and Sacred Heartaround a 4-3 thriller in the NEC semifinals against FairleighDickinson.
For his efforts, Quitko was named 2004 NEC Coach of the Year inboth men’s and women’s tennis.
He was also named the 2004 USA Tennis New England College Coachof the Year. Earlier in 2004, Quitko claimed his 300th careercoaching victory in a 7-0 triumph over Holy Cross on February21.
In 2003, Quitko guided the women’s team to its fourthstraight Northeast Conference tournament final, where it once againlost to Maryland-Baltimore County. The men’s tennis team alsoreached the Northeast Conference tournament semifinals, where itlost to eventual champ UMBC.
In 2002-03, the Bobcats placed a combined seven individuals onthe one of the two All-Northeast Conference teams.
Under Quitko’s tutelage, the doubles team of StephaniePetrycki/Cristin Arahovites earned the school’s first-everITA Northeast Regional ranking in the 2001-02 season, checking inat No. 15. In 2001-02, Quitko had a combined 10 players from thetwo teams earn All-Northeast Conference honors.
In 2000-01, the women’s team posted a 14-3 record and madethe NEC championship match for the second straight year.
In 1999-2000, the women’s team recorded a school record20-4 mark and advanced to the NEC championship match. As a result,Quitko earned NEC “Coach of the Year accolades. In 1998-99,the Bobcats finished with an overall record of 15-7 and a thirdplace finish in the Northeast Conference.
On the men’s side, Quinnipiac was 9-8 in 2000-2001 andfinished with a respectable 11-8-1 record during the 1999-2000season.
Quitko led the Bobcats to a 10-2 record and a second-placefinish in the NE-10 Championships in 1992. It was then that theBobcats began a 42 dual-match undefeated streak in conference playthat spanned four seasons from 1993-1996.
The squad established a then-school record of 12 victories in1993 and won four consecutive NE-10 Championship crowns from 1993through 1996.
Quitko captured national recognition following the 1994-95season as he was honored as the ITA/Wilson Division IIWomen’s Tennis National Coach of the Year. The award followedyet another 12-victory season and the team’s first-ever NCAADivision II regional Tournament appearance.
The 1995 season was highlighted by a top-20 national ranking,the NE-10 regular season and tournament titles, and thesquad’s second NCAA Division II East regional appearance.
Quitko has enjoyed similar success as the leader of themen’s tennis program. He led the team to two straightNortheast-10 regular season and tournament titles in their finaltwo seasons in Division II. For his efforts, Quitko was voted theNE-10 Men’s Coach of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1998.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Quitko is a 1973 graduate ofSouthern Connecticut, earning a B.A. in communications. He servedas the U.S.P.T.A./New England president and certified tester, aswell as a National Board of Directors member. He was also on staffat the North Haven Health & Racquet Club.
Quitko resides in North Haven with his wife, Betsy, a graduatefrom Quinnipiac with a degree in nursing in 1977. They have adaughter, Megan, who also graduated from Quinnipiac, in 2000.