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Third-year coach guided GGC to a pair of NAIA national titles
National champion Grizzlies will take on DII and DIII title-winners
Grizzlies claim two singles crowns and one in doubles
15 schools to compete at GGC Tennis Facility
Sophomore will take on top-seeded Deni Zmak of Embry-Riddle
Two-time national champion and three-time national coach of the year Chase Hodges is the first-ever head men's and women's tennis coach in Georgia Gwinnett College history.
A decorated coach at all levels of collegiate tennis, Hodges delivered GGC its first-ever national titles in any sport with both the Men's and Women's 2014 NAIA National Championship titles in May.
Hodges has 16 years of collegiate coaching experience- including the last 13 as a head coach- and boasts the distinction of being the only head coach in NCAA tennis history to lead five different programs to an ITA national ranking, while leading seven different programs to a national ranking in any poll.
He owns a career 301-99 (.753) combined men's and women's record as a head coach, including a 230-61 men's record.
Hodges also oversees operations at the recently acquired GGC Tennis Facility in Lawrenceville.
The GGC men's squad went 21-0 in 2014, capping an unbeaten season with a 5-1 victory over defending-champion Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in the national title match. The Grizzlies earned six NAIA All-Americans, including three First-Team selections. During the year, the Grizzlies knocked off NCAA Division I, II and III teams, plus the top NAIA programs.
Meanwhile, the GGC women's squad edged the men's team for the first trophy by a matter of hours, winning the 2014 championship earlier in the day on the same courts at the Mobile Tennis Center, also against Embry-Riddle, in a dramatic 5-4 decision. It stood as Hodges' 300th career win as a head coach in collegiate tennis. The Grizzlies had eight NAIA All-Americans on the season, including a pair of First-Team players. During the year, the GGC women also earned victories against NCAA Division I, II and III competition, plus the top NAIA programs.
Following the championships, Hodges was named NAIA National Coach of the Year for both men's and women's tennis, capping the Grizzlies' very first season of postseason eligibility with a pair of No. 1 rankings. He also was named 2014 Wilson/ITA NAIA Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, days after being named South Region winner.
He has recruited some of the top players from around the country and around the world to lay the foundation of the Grizzly program, developing many outstanding student-athletes.
In addition to the Grizzlies' on-court success, the men's tennis team has held the highest team GPA among Grizzly Athletics programs.
In Hodges' first season at GGC in 2013, the Grizzlies posted an 11-1 men's record and a 5-3 women's record, marking the first seasons of competition in school history.
Hodges came to GGC from Division I Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he capped his three-year tenure by being named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Coach of the Year in April 2012. Hodges' time with the Panthers (2010-12) featured the greatest turnaround in men's collegiate tennis history, as he inherited a 1-20 team and led them to a 15-6 mark in his first season. He then set a school record with 21 victories in 2011 and added 20 more wins to the ledger the following year for a 56-17 mark over three years.
Before GSU, Hodges spent four successful years (2005-09) at the helm of the Drake University program, where he guided the Bulldogs to a Missouri Valley regular-season or conference tournament title in each season. He was named the Missouri Valley Coach of the Year three times, leading the squad to an 85-17 overall record. Hodges' Drake team also achieved the highest ITA national ranking in school history at No. 33, at one point boasting the nation's longest regular-season winning streak at 42 matches.
Before Drake, Hodges spent four combined seasons as head coach at University of North Carolina-Asheville (2002-05) and Longwood University in Farmville, Va., (2002), leading both the men's and women's programs. During this time, he led his teams to an overall 105-58 record and their first rankings in school history.
A native of Hickory, N.C., Hodges played two years collegiately at North Carolina State University before finishing his career at UNC-Wilmington. He earned his bachelor's degree from UNCW in 1998 and a master's degree there three years later while working with the Seahawks as a graduate assistant.
Hodges is the proud father of his daughter, Gabriella Hodges.