Crimson Tide doubles team falls in main draw semifinals
Bo Hodge, one of the nation's top collegiate and juniors players of the past, enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Crimson Tide. In his three seasons, Hodge had helped guide Alabama to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearance while amassing 44 dual-match wins.
In addition to working with the Tide men's tennis team, Hodge has been very active with the United States Tennis Association, twice serving as coach of the USTA Men's Summer Collegiate Team.
Prior to arriving at the Capstone, the former Georgia Bulldog standout completed course work on a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication following several years on the professional tour. While finishing his degree, Hodge served as a volunteer coach under Manuel Diaz from August 2006 to May 2008, helping lead the Bulldogs to consecutive NCAA national championships.
Hodge boasts impressive credentials having served stints as a coach and hitting partner for Venus and Serena Williams throughout the 2005-06 season. In addition, he served as coach of ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) professional Mardy Fish in 2007.
A touring professional on the ATP Tour from 2004-06, Hodge embarked on a coaching career when his playing days ended. Having played and coached in Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and the United States, Hodge provides experience and impressive international connections to his post on Pate's staff.
As a player, Hodge was a four-time All-American at Georgia from 2001-04. He played on three Southeastern Conference championship teams (2001, 2002 and 2004) and one national championship team (2001). The No. 2-ranked collegiate player in the nation in both 2001 and 2004, Hodge spent much of his college career ranked in the nation's top five in both singles and doubles and reached the NCAA Doubles finals in 2004 with teammate John Isner.
Prior to attending Georgia, Hodge had an outstanding career in junior tennis that included leading Athens Academy to the 1998 Class A High School state title as a sophomore. After helping the Spartans win the title, Hodge moved to Boca Raton, Fla., to study under famed South African coach Stanford Boster while attending Boca Prep, where he also played on the basketball team. His teammates at Boca Prep included Andy Roddick.