NEW YORK – At the 93rd Annual Varsity C Celebration on Tuesday, April 29, Dr. M Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, announced the inception of Columbia Athletics’ Raymond G. Tellier Coach of the Year Award.
The award, named in honor of former head football coach and current Associate Athletics Director Ray Tellier, will be a reoccurring award given to the Columbia coach who demonstrates visionary leadership, outstanding mentoring and coaching excellence. Tellier announced his retirement from his post after 23 seasons of service - 14 as head football coach and nine as an administrator.
Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men's Tennis Bid Goswami and associate men’s tennis head coach Howard Endelman were the first ever recipients Raymond G. Tellier Coach of the Year Award.
Goswami and Endelman led the Lions to one of the best seasons in program history in 2013-14, guiding Columbia to the NCAA Championships and its 11th Ivy League title.
The Lions, who finished the regular season, 20-1, were ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation, matching the program record set back in 1987. Additionally, Columbia is riding an 18-match winning streak.
Columbia cruised through the Ivy League portion of the schedule, dropping just one match en route to a 7-0 mark and its 11th Ivy League title. Against ranked opponents this season, the Lions recorded 10 wins and just one defeat at the hands of then-No. 3 Georgia by a score of 4-2 at the ITA Kick-off Classic in Athens, Ga. in January.
Columbia men’s tennis will face East Tennessee State University in the NCAA Championships on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Vanderbilt University.