Aug 15, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s tennis team hired Matija Zgaga as its assistant coach, the team announced on Thursday. Zgaga will join the team as it begins fall practice next week.
“I’m thrilled to have Matija join our program,” head coach Pawel Gajdzik said. “He had an amazing collegiate career and lots of success on the professional tour and since then became an exceptional coach. I can’t wait to work with Matija to lead this program to the top. He and his wife, Brooke, will be a great addition to Purdue University, our program, and the Greater Lafayette community.”
Zgaga most recently served as an assistant coach for both men’s and women’s tennis programs at Drury University in Missouri where he was from 2011-12. He also spent his springs and summers from 2009-11 as a tennis instructor at the Meadow Club in New York where he worked with players on technical skills.
Zgaga was an outstanding college tennis player at Baylor where he graduated with a degree in computer science in 2008. The native of Slovenia was a two-time All-American and played all four years in the final four of the NCAA Tournament. In 2004 with Zgaga at No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles, and with Gajdzik on the coaching staff, the Bears won the National Championship. Zgaga was the Big 12 Rookie of the Year that season. In his career at Baylor, he reached career highs of No. 2 in the country in doubles and No. 31 in singles.
Zgaga’s playing career extended beyond college. The new Boilermaker assistant represented Slovenia in the Davis Cup five times. He had a career high ITF ranking of No. 26. His highest career ATP rankings were No. 498 in doubles and No. 743 in singles.
Zgaga looks to help a Purdue team that returns five student-athletes that won at least 10 singles matches last spring and another that played in 10, return to the NCAA Tournament. The Boilermaker lineup is also boosted by the addition of top-50 player Ricardo Medinilla from Mexico. Medinilla has been ranked as the top junior in Mexico for nearly his entire career.