Peter Smith Named ITA National Coach of the Year
May 24, 2012
In a decade at the helm of the USC men's tennis programs, head coach Peter Smith has certainly etched his name into the Trojan history books. After leading the USC men to their fourth consecutive NCAA Championship - matching Hall-of-Famer Dick Leach's four titles earned in a 22-year tenure as USC head coach -- Smith has now been named the 2012 ITA National Coach of the Year.
A five-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year after this year's selection Smith was last named ITA National Coach of the Year after leading the Trojans to the 2010 National Championship. Now, having led USC to become just the second team to claim four straight national championships in the current tournament structure, Smith holds a career coaching record at USC that stands at 212-62 (.774). His overall career record is now 482-197 in 25 years as a head coach.
Smith's 2012 Trojans posted a 33-1 overall record - finishing one win away from a perfect season that would have matched a program-record 34 wins captured in a 34-4 finish in 1985 under Leach's watch. USC avenged that lone loss of the year - taken to rival UCLA during the regular season - with a 6-1 win to claim the first-ever Pac-12 Team Tournament title and then later a 4-1 win over the Bruins in the NCAA Semifinals earlier this week.
In his 10 years at USC to date, Smith has seen Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof win the 2008 NCAA Doubles Championship, and Steve Johnson win the 2011 NCAA Singles Championship. Farah and Johnson both were named National Player of the Year during Smith's watch - 2010 for Farah and 2011 and 2012 for Johnson. And Farah/Van't Hof were named National Doubles Team of the Year in 2008. In all, Smith has seen his Trojans accumulate 17 All-American honors, including Johnson's 2012 All-American status in singles and in doubles with Roberto Quiroz. Four Trojan teams have been named Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year, with Farah and Johnson each claiming back-to-back Pac-12 Player of the Year awards from 2008-12. His Trojan rosters to date also include 12 Pac-12 First Team selections.