About the Program
The men's tennis team at Bowdoin College dates back to the turn of the century and is one of the most respected programs in Division III. The team plays an extensive fall and spring schedule and is consistently one of the top programs in New England.
Bowdoin is coming off two of their most successful seasons in recent history, posting a 16-5 record and reaching the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" in 2007 under first-year head coach Colin Joyner and claiming the NESCAC crown in 2008. As recently as 2002, the Polar Bears reached the NCAA Championship "Elite Eight", and have qualified for the Tournament in each of the past nine seasons.
Numerous Bowdoin players have earned regional honors, led by McAfee Burke '05 and Colin Joyner '03, who were both named NESCAC Players of the Year as seniors and both received the Clarence Chaffee Award given annually to the player who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship.
The Polar Bears peaked at the right time after struggling out of the gate in the spring season. April was especially good to the team, as they rolled off a 9-2 mark in the month, climaxing with a dramatic 5-4 win over Middlebury for the program's first NESCAC Championship.
With the NESCAC crown, Bowdoin earned the right to host an NCAA Regional, where they swept Skidmore 5-0 in the opening round. Emory (Ga.) and Bowdoin played an epic match the following day, with the visitors pulling out a dramatic 5-3 win to advance.
In the NCAA Singles Tournament, rookie Stephen Sullivan made a splash by advancing to the Semifinals before bowing out. As a result, he- and senior teammate Garrett Gates- were recognized as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American. Both players were also named First-Team All-NESCAC while Sullivan also netted Rookie of the Year honors.
The Polar Bears can boast some of the best facilities in New England, offering a plethora of indoor and outdoor options. Bowdoin has hosted numerous NCAA, NESCAC and ITA events at their host sites; indoor at Farley Field House or the Maine Pines Indoor Racquet Center. Outside, Bowdoin has several state-of-the-art outdoor hardcourts, offering ample space for matches and spectators.