Doebler Named Associate Head Coach
Feb. 6, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU men’s tennis head coach David Roditi has announced the addition of Todd Doebler as associate head coach on the tennis staff.
Doebler comes to TCU after serving the last two and a half years as head men’s and women’s tennis coach and fitness center coordinator at Colorado College. Before that, Doebler spent five seasons at the helm of the Penn State men’s tennis program.
“I feel very fortunate to have Todd be our new associate head coach,” coach Roditi said. “We have known each other for almost 15 years and have always been very good friends. Todd brings a lot of experience leading top teams and working with the best players in the nation. He knows what it takes to lead teams into the later rounds of the NCAA tournament and I’m relying on him to help us take the team to the next level.”
At Penn State, Doebler notched four consecutive winning seasons and led the Nittany Lions to 21 wins over ranked opponents in his five seasons. He amassed 71 career wins in Happy Valley, which is good for fourth on the Lions' all-time chart and was also instrumental in leading Michael James and Eddie Bourchier to All-Big Ten accolades in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
In just his second season as head coach in 2008, Doebler guided Penn State to their third consecutive NCAA tournament and fifth overall. The Lions earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win in the modern era with a 4-0 win over VCU. Penn State went on to finish 38th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) final national rankings – a program best in the final poll.
A native of Hatfield, Pa., Doebler went to Penn State after four years as an assistant coach at Notre Dame. He was named associate head coach prior to the 2005-06 season. In his time in South Bend, Doebler was named the 2004 and 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
While at Notre Dame, Doebler helped the Irish move into the elite ranks of men's intercollegiate tennis. In his final year in South Bend, Doebler helped the Irish finish No. 17 in the ITA poll, defeat 14 ranked teams and advance to the Big East Conference Championship final. Doebler also helped develop the talent of Sheeva Parbhu, who was an ITA All-American and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Singles Championship. Doebler served as recruiting coordinator, as well as a liaison to the strength and conditioning coaches while at Notre Dame.
Prior to his stint with the Irish, he was an assistant at Pepperdine University in 2001 and 2002, helping the Waves achieve national prominence both years. During his time at Pepperdine, the Waves compiled a 43-14 (.754) mark. In 2001, the Waves won the West Coast Conference title, advanced to the NCAA round of 16 and finished 18th in the nation. The following year, Pepperdine was 25-6, reached the NCAA quarterfinals and finished No. 5 in the polls. Doebler coached three All-Americans at Pepperdine, including Al Garland, who was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the 2002 season.
Prior to his time at Pepperdine, Doebler served as head coach at Connecticut College for men's and women's tennis, as well as men's and women's squash for two years. Doebler began his coaching career at Trinity (Conn.) College in 1997 where he served as an assistant for one year for one of the top-ranked Division III tennis programs in the nation.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Doebler served as an assistant coach to the World Team Tennis' Hartford Foxforce in the summer of 2000, which featured players such as Monica Seles, James Blake and Murphy Jensen. His responsibilities included on-court coaching, conducting promotional clinics and pro-ams and overseeing community involvement.
He served as the head tennis professional at Lehigh Country Club in Lehigh, Pa., during the summers of 1993 and 1994 and as the assistant tennis pro at the Farmington Field Club in Connecticut in the summers of 1997 and 1998. He is a graduate of the USA High Performance Coaching Program, and holds certifications from the Professional Level One United States Professional Tennis Association and the USTA Sports Science Level One.
A 1996 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in psychology, Doebler also excelled on the court during his playing career. He won the conference doubles and team championships in 1994, as well as the conference singles, doubles and team championship titles in 1995. A graduate of North Penn High School in suburban Philadelphia, Doebler completed his master's degree in psychology in 1998 from the University of Hartford.