Loyola names Zubin Engineer as women's tennis coach
Loyola press release - July 13, 2009
Loyola University New Orleans Athletic Director Dr. Michael Giorlando announced the hiring of Zubin Engineer as head coach of the newly-reinstated women’s tennis program. Engineer brings a wealth of international experience to Loyola, with 18 years of training world-ranked players across the globe.
“We’re very excited to have Engineer join our staff as our new head women’s tennis coach,” Giorlando said. “His understanding of the mission of the university, coupled with his experience on the national and international level, will be a great fit at Loyola.”
Engineer, a United States Professional Tennis Association certified professional, comes to Loyola after working with the Tennis Academy of Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2000, he co-founded the academy, which attracted players from 35 different countries and became Asia’s largest international academy. While there, Engineer oversaw the planning, training, staff and structure of the academy, and organized events and touring teams, and led the marketing strategy and business direction of the organization.
Prior to the academy, Engineer played a key role in preparing the Thailand National Team in 1998-1999 for the Asian Games, Davis Cup and South East Asian Games. In those two years, the team won its first ever Asian Games gold medal and four South East Asian Game gold medals.
Engineer has worked with several players who went on to achieve success at the professional level. Paradorn Srichaphan, a member of the 1998 Thai national team, won Thailand’s first Asian Games gold medal. Srichaphan became Asia’s highest-ranked player ever with a top 10 ranking on the ATP World Tour. On the women’s side, Tamarine Tanasugarn won a silver medal in the 1998 Asian Games and went on to achieve a top 20 ranking on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Engineer, who has a coaching certificate from the International Tennis Federation and a technical course certificate from the International Olympic Committee, created Asia’s first international tennis traveling team. Players on the team went on to win national titles, the Asian Junior Championship and several International Tennis Federation events.
In 1991-92, Engineer trained players at the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Program. Since its inception, the program has produced a Junior Wimbledon Champion, several national champions, a world No. 1 junior, a U.S. Open Champion and several Davis Cup players.
Some of Zubin’s students also received tennis scholarships to play in Ivy League and Division I universities like Brown and Princeton Universities and University of Mississippi.
“I want to thank Dr. Michael Giorlando and the search committee for giving me this wonderful opportunity,” Engineer said. “Loyola’s mission of balancing academics and athletics is something that attracted me to the position. I look forward to getting the women’s tennis program off the ground and will work hard to grow an excellent program that the Loyola community will be proud of.”