Date Posted:05/29/2007,  3:00PM

Holbach Named Women's Tennis Coach

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Paul "Hobie" Holbach has been named the head coach of the women's tennis program at Bowdoin College. An accomplished coach with an extensive background in the professional ranks, Holbach takes the helm from Colin Joyner, who served as the interim head coach of the team in 2006-07. Joyner will remain as head coach of the men's tennis team at Bowdoin.

Holbach graduated cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1980 as one of the most distinguished players in the history of the school. A two-time Division III All-American and Academic All-American, Holbach was the 1980 Division III Doubles Champion and finished his career with a 113-35 mark in singles and 135-20 record in doubles play.

After graduating, Holbach became the Junior Director of Tennis in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1980-1986. He then accepted the position as assistant women's tennis coach at UCLA in 1987 where he served for one year before moving on to independently coach numerous professional, collegiate and high school players in the Los Angeles area. Most notably, Holbach worked with former #1 player in the world Lindsay Davenport and traveled with several players to Grand Slam Tournaments around the world.

Holbach has served as the Director of several Tennis Clubs, including the Sunset Tennis Center in St. Louis, the Warner Center Club in Woodland Hills, California and the Moore Tennis Academy in Palm Springs, California. He comes to Bowdoin from the Bald Peak Colony Club in New Hampshire, where he has directed the tennis programs with his wife, Cinda since 2003. Cinda Gurney-Holbach is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she was 1993 NCAA Division I singles runner-up to current professional Lisa Raymond.

Holbach is no stranger to Bowdoin student-athletes, having worked with August Felker '03 and Mac Burke '05 during their careers.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Bowdoin community," says Holbach. "I am certain we will consistently be one of the elite Division III teams in the nation and I cannot wait for the opening day of practice. Coaching along side Colin Joyner will be extremely enjoyable and it will be fun to feed off of each others passion for the team and game."