Daryl Greenan Head Coach Fifth Season
2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year Daryl Greenan is in his fifth season as head coach of the University of Iowa women's tennis team.
In just four seasons at Iowa, Greenan and the Hawkeyes have compiled a 57-36 (.613) overall record and a 26-14 (.650) mark in Big Ten play. Iowa posted winning seasons each year, has finished in the top four of the conference four times, qualified for the NCAA tournament twice and crowned 12 academic all-Big Ten honorees.
Iowa jumped out to its best start in 14 seasons (10-1) in 2007-08, finishing the season ranked 52nd in the nation. Seniors Jacqueline Lee and Milica Veselinovic were named to the all-Big Ten team, while Veselinovic set school records for most career singles wins (113) and most singles wins for a senior (26). Veselinovic ended her Hawkeye career ranked eighth in the region and 93rd in the nation, while Lee ended her collegiate career ranked 22nd in the region. The team posted a 13-10 overall record, going 3-7 in the Big Ten to tie for sixth in the regular season standings. It was Iowa's sixth-straight winning season, which set a school record. The Hawkeyes advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the fourth-straight season, and tied a school record with five academic all-Big Ten honorees.
In 2006-07, the team finished fourth in the conference and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the third-straight season. Lee was a unanimous all-Big Ten selection, going 8-5 in conference play. Veselinovic and sophomore Merel Beelen posted winning percentages over .700, with Veselinovic going 27-9 (.750) overall and 8-3 in Big Ten play, and Beelen going 25-7 (.780) overall and 9-2 in the conference. Despite a slower start to the season, the team picked up the pace in the spring and ended the year ranked sixth in the region and 51st in the nation.
The 2005-06 Iowa squad went 9-1 in the Big Ten and established a school-record second place finish in the conference. The team's overall record of 18-6 gave the Hawkeyes their best winning percentage (.750) in school history. Iowa qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year and sixth time overall. The results led to a No. 33 final national ranking. Several individuals recorded career-best seasons. Three Hawkeyes finished 9-1 in Big Ten play. Meg Racette, Veselinovic and Lee posted league-leading 9-1 records at the number one, number three and number four positions, respectively. It's the first time three Hawkeyes earned Big Ten leading records for their position in one season. Greenan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, while Racette was awarded all-Big Ten honors and finished 2006 ranked 35th in the nation. Racette became only the second Hawkeye to qualify for the NCAA singles tournament and the first to win a match in the draw. Veselinovic finished the season ranked 80th in the nation. Racette and Lee were ranked 48th nationally in doubles play. Freshman Krissy Dowlin was a Division I ITA Scholar-Athlete.
In 2004-05, Greenan led Iowa to a 14-10 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Hawkeyes also recorded a 7-3 mark in the Big Ten, finishing a then school-best fourth in the league. The team ended the season ranked 45th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Racette earned all-Big Ten honors for the second-consecutive season, ending the year ranked 124th. Veselinovic set the school record for most wins by a freshman (30) in her first season at Iowa. Sophomore Hillary Mintz earned a career-high ITA individual ranking of 78th. Sophomore Hilary Tyler was a Division I ITA Scholar-Athlete. Racette was ranked 88th in the nation by ITA in singles, and the doubles team of Racette and Mintz was ranked 44th in the 2005-06 preseason.
Prior to becoming a Hawkeye, Greenan was an assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Alabama for three years. He worked under Head Coach Jenny Mainz, the Iowa women's tennis coach from 1995-1997. While at Alabama, Greenan was named the 2004 ITA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He helped coach the Crimson Tide to two top 30 national rankings, one top 40 national ranking and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Greenan served as the head coach at Mississippi University for Women, in Columbus, MS, from 1998-2001. Greenan compiled a 41-25 record with the Blues. He was also an assistant men's and women's coach at Valdosta State (GA) for two years (1996-1998).
Greenan was part of the men's tennis team at Valdosta State from 1986-1988 and from 1994-1996. He was the No. 1 singles player for two seasons, and was part of the No. 1 doubles team for three seasons. Greenan was ranked in the top 20 in singles and achieved his highest doubles ranking in 1995, when he finished second in the nation. He was honored as part of the 1995 all-America team and earned All-Gulf South Conference honors three seasons. Greenan was inducted into the Valdosta State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Greenan currently resides in Iowa City with his wife, Shannon and their three-year-old daughter, Willa. Greenan earned his B.S. degree in health and fitness from Valdosta State in 1997.
Greenan At Iowa
|Year||Big Ten W-L (Pct.)||Big Ten Finish||Overall W-L (Pct.)|
|2005||7-3 (.700)||4th||14-10 (.583)|
|2006||9-1 (.900)||2nd||18-6 (.750)|
|2007||7-3 (.700)||4th||12-10 (.545)|
|2008||3-7 (.300)||6th||13-10 (.565)|
|Career||26-14 (.650)||57-36 (.613)|