Men's Tennis


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.

2007-08 Recap
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.


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Men's Tennis Coaching Staff

Head coach: Colin Joyner

After a year serving as the interim head coach of the Bowdoin College tennis teams, Colin Joyner assumed full-time duties as the head men's coach for the 2007-08 school year and led the squad to their first-ever NESCAC Championship. Joyner, who served as an assistant for the men's and women's team prior to last season, is a 2003 graduate of Bowdoin.

Joyner graduated cum laude from Bowdoin in 2003 with a BA in Music. He played #1 singles for the Polar Bears all four years, qualifying for the NCAA National Individual Tournament every season. A three time All-American, twice for both singles and doubles, Joyner co-captained the Polar Bears his junior and senior year, leading the Bowdoin Men's Team to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2002 and a year-end ranking of sixth in the country.

During his tenure as a student-athlete at Bowdoin, Joyner was honored as the Bowdoin College First-Year Male Athlete of the Year in 2000 and Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. His senior year he was distinguished as the ITA Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year and the NESCAC Player of the Year. He was named to the NESCAC All-Conference Team for singles from 2001-03 and for doubles in 2000, 2002, and 2003. His senior year, Joyner also netted 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.

After graduating, Joyner moved to Palm Springs, California to train with Paul "Hobie" Holbach, former UCLA coach and former coach of Lindsay Davenport, and traveled on the Futures Circuit. He also worked as a hitting partner for several of the top-ranked women in the world including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Martina Navratilova, Lisa Raymond, Chanda Rubin, and Elena Likhovtseva. During the winter of 2004-05 he ran a junior development program in Damariscotta, ME and for the last two summers he worked as a tennis pro and yoga instructor at Bald Peak Colony Club on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Joyner is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and he runs the strength and conditioning program for both teams.

In his first year at the helm of the tennis teams, Joyner led the squads to banner seasons. The women's team posted a program-record 17 victories and reached the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen", while the men's team won 16 matches and boasted two All-Americans.

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Men's Tennis Roster

Name Year Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/School
Alex Caughron '09 5-11 165 San Marino, Calif./Polytechnic
Alex White '09 6-0 170 Boston, Mass./Milton Academy
Tyler Anderson '10 5-10 167 Norwich, Vt./Hanover
Matt Knise '10 6-1 165 McLean, Va./Gonzaga H.S.
Jamie Neely '10 6-1 165 Quincy, Mass./Thayer Academy
Eric D'Elia '11 5-11 160 Fairfield, Conn/Fairfield Warde
Michael Power '11 5-10 150 Surrey, England/American Comm.
Josh Roer '11 6-4 178 Middlebury, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee
Stephen Sullivan '11 5-10 157 Coral Gables, Fla./Ransom Everglades
Josh Cranin '12 5-11 175 New York, N.Y./Columbia Grammar
Nicholas Fenichell '12 5-11 150 Quito, Ecuador/Colegio Menor
Alex Jacobs '12 6-1 173 Chestnut Hill, Mass./Roxbury Latin
Oscar Pena '12 5-11 170 Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto
Kent Winingham '12 5-9 150 Carmel, Ind./Park-Tudor
Andrew Won '12 5-10 140 Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills

Head Coach: Colin Joyner
Team Captains: Alex Caughron, Alex White
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 Men's Tennis Schedule

Date/TimeOpponent Score
09/20/2008,  2:00PMat Middlebury Invitational RESULTS
09/26/2008,  TBAat ITA New England's (Williams) -
10/11/2008,  TBAat Bates Invitational RESULTS
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Men's Tennis Releases

Date Posted Title
04/30/2008,  8:00PM Sullivan Top Rookie as NESCAC Honors Bowdoin
04/28/2008,  6:00PM Men's Tennis Nets NCAA Bid
08/17/2007,  10:00AM Tennis Teams Receive Academic Honors
06/15/2007,  10:00AM Bitetti, Gates Earn All-American Honors
05/15/2007,  11:45AM Gates and Bitetti Honored by NESCAC
07/05/2006,  1:00PM Joyner Named Interim Tennis Coach
05/03/2006,  1:00PM Tennis Teams Make NCAA Tournament
04/25/2006,  12:00PM NESCAC Tournament Information
05/10/2005,  2:30PM Burke, Gates Make NCAA Individuals
05/03/2005,  11:00AM Tennis Teams Earn NCAA Bids
04/27/2005,  12:00PM Burke Named NESCAC Player of the Year
02/02/2005,  12:00PM Tennis Team Hosts Mixed Doubles Fundraiser
04/27/2004,  12:00PM Tennis Qualifies For NCAA's
09/12/2003,  2:00PM 2003 Tennis Preview
05/01/2003,  8:00AM Joyner, MacLean Honored by NESCAC
09/11/2002,  8:00AM 2002 Tennis Preview
05/21/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Men Bounced From NCAA's
05/14/2002,  8:00AM Tennis Teams Prep for NCAA's
05/06/2002,  8:00AM Tennis Teams Qualify For NCAA's
04/30/2002,  8:00AM Men's Tennis Dominates All-NESCAC Honors
03/12/2002,  8:00AM Spring Sports Outlook
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Men's Tennis : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991