Isoh, Lampman, Riechmann And Van Velzer Earn All-PL, Lampman Selected As Top Rookie
Coming off his most successful season in his three-year tenure at West Point, head coach Jim Poling looks to bring another Patriot League championship to the banks of the Hudson in 2006. Poling, who was named Patriot League "Coach of the Year" for the first time in 2004-05, led the Black Knights to the conference title and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2001. Under his tutelage, Army posted an impressive 21-5 record (.808 winning percentage) and was ranked as high as 63rd in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the first national ranking for an Army squad in the program's 85-year history. The Black Knights also knocked off service-academy rival, Air Force (ranked 74th in the nation at the time), 5-2, on Feb. 20 at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
Things couldn't look brighter for the Black Knights as they enter the 2005-06 campaign. Poling returns three All-Patriot League selections and the conference's "Rookie of the Year" to West Point this fall as Army prepares to defend its conference crown.
In three years at the Academy, Poling has mentored two Patriot League "Players of the Year" (Arnie Albornoz - 2003, John Sabia - 2004) and has been to the conference's championship match each season. The Black Knights have now appeared in the Patriot League championship match 11 times in the last 12 seasons.
In 2004, Army tallied a 19-8 dual match record, including a 5-1 mark in conference play. The Black Knights were 15-5 in 2003, Poling's first season at the helm.
Poling sports a .724 winning percentage (55-21) which is the third-highest among coaches in the program's history. The Black Knights' .808 winning percentage was the best since Army registered an .857 mark in the spring of 1999. Poling is a perfect 5-0 opposite arch-rival Navy, including a pair of victories over the Midshipmen this past season.
Poling arrived at the Academy with 16 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate level, serving highly successful terms at Rollins (1993-2002), the University of Tulsa (1985-88), the University of South Alabama (1980-83) and Mississippi State University (1979-80).
The Winter Park, Fla., native continued a legacy of tennis excellence at Rollins, guiding the Tars to the NCAA Tournament during each of his nine years at the helm. After directing Rollins to a 25-3 record and a Division II national championship in 2001, Poling was named Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II National "Coach of the Year" in the spring of 2002. Poling led the defending national champion Tars to a 21-4 mark and a top four national ranking throughout the entire regular season. He also garnered Sunshine State Conference "Coach of the Year" honors for the second straight season (and third time in nine years), and was named ITA South Region "Coach of the Year" for the second time in six years.
Poling led the Tars to a trio of top three finishes in the NCAA Tournament during his first three years at Rollins. His Tars club posted a 21-7 dual-match record in 1996 and reached the finals of the NCAAs. For his efforts, he was named ITA South Region "Coach of the Year" for the first time. Poling had guided the Tars to a pair of third-place NCAA finishes the previous two seasons.
The veteran mentor continued to build on his list of impressive accomplishments the past two years. In addition to leading the Tars to the Division II national title in 2001, Poling presided over the National Rolex Doubles Champions, four All-Americans, the No. 3 doubles team in the nation, the top-ranked player in the nation, the conference player of the year and a pair of Sunshine State Conference team championships during that time. In all, three of his teams captured Sunshine State Conference crowns during his tenure at Rollins and authored an impressive 147-79 (.650) dual-match slate.
A 1970 graduate of Clemson University, Poling lettered three times on the Tigers' tennis squad. He was selected the team's most valuable player as a junior and helped Clemson to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship the following year. He went on to earn a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of South Alabama in 1982. Following his graduation from Clemson, Poling served two years in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam.
He began his collegiate coaching career with a one-year stint as men's head coach at Mississippi State, before moving to guide both the men's and women's tennis programs at South Alabama in 1980. Poling led the Jaguar men to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles and was twice named the league's coach of the year. During his third season at USA, the Jaguars captured the National Independent Tournament en route to receiving NIT "Coach of the Year" plaudits. He spent three years running both men's and women's tennis programs at Tulsa, earning Missouri Valley "Coach of the Year" honors in 1987, before moving on to Rollins in September of 1993.
Poling is married to Marianne Ingard Poling, a member of one national champion tennis team during her undergraduate days at Stanford University. The couple has two children, Lilian, 7, and Carl, 6.