Philadelphia, PA- Philadelphia will be losing a long-time resident and champion tennis coach and player this fall, as Philadelphia University men's and women's tennis coach Marty Gilbert has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the men's and women's 2009 fall tennis seasons. Gilbert has worked at PhilaU since 1996, as a coach and physical education instructor.
"I will truly miss Philadelphia University, but I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life in Israel," said Gilbert.
Gilbert- who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Israel, will move to Ashkelon Israel in December with his wife Rocky.
Gilbert will have coached the men's and women's tennis teams at PhilaU for a combined 25 seasons (13 men, 12 women) at the end of this fall season, culminating in three NCAA East Regional Tournament appearances (two in 2009 alone).
"Words cannot express what Marty Gilbert has meant to PhilaU tennis over the past 25 seasons," said PhilaU Athletic Director Tom Shirley. "We wish Marty and his wife a wonderful and healthy retirement in Israel."
Gilbert was instrumental in transitioning the PhilaU tennis teams from the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) beginning in 2005 and his efforts culminated in two CACC tennis championships in 2008-09.
His coaching success speaks for itself as he holds an impressive .707 winning percentage on the women's side and .536 for the men.
This past summer Gilbert served as the U.S. National Head Coach for the men's and women's tennis teams at the 18th World Maccabiah Games (Jewish Olympics) in Israel.
Prior to coaching at PhilaU, Gilbert accumulated 73 wins as the head men's tennis coach at Haverford College from 1973-1980. He then served as the national coach and director of the Israel Tennis Center in Jaffa/Tel Aviv, Israel, from 1987-1996.
As a player, Gilbert posted a career record of 33-1 at Temple University, earning All-ECAC honors. He graduated in 1967 and was inducted into the Owls' Hall of Fame in 1986.