WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 24, 2020) – After 18 seasons and nearly 300 victories, Rollins men's tennis coach Ron Bohrnstedt has announced his retirement.
Graduate Assistant Nicolo De Fraia and Rollins women's tennis hall of famer Anzela Zguna will serve as co-interim head coaches for the Tars 2020 spring season.
"I am grateful for my time at Rollins and honored to have coached each of my players over the years," said Bohrnstedt. "I've been teaching and coaching tennis for more than 50 years and knew it was time to step away. I am excited to spend more time with my family and know the program is in great hands."
Just the third head coach in 66 illustrious years of Rollins men's tennis, Bohrnstedt has kept the Tars as one of the NCAA's elite programs. He led Rollins to 14 NCAA Division II Championship appearances and had the team nationally ranked in each of his 18 seasons. Rollins finished third in the Sunshine State Conference four times, runner-up once and won the conference title in 2004, earning Bohrnstedt SSC Coach of the Year honors that season.
Bohrnstedt has coached 13 different players through a total of 25 All-America seasons. Four Tars were named SSC Player of the Year under Bohrnstedt (Nicolo De Fraia 2019, Lucas Jovita 2012, Jeff Morris 2010 and Carlos Custodio 2004). Lucas Jovita won the 2011 ITA "Super Bowl" as the top player in Division II, III, NAIA and JUCO.
A native of Redlands, California and a graduate of UCLA, Bohrnstedt was a three year letterman for the Bruins and a member of two conference championships and three straight NCAA Division I runner-up finishes. He competed as a professional tennis player from 1970-75 and was ranked by the USTA and USPTA nationally in men's singles. His biggest professional victory was over Jimmy Connors at the Charlie Farell Invitational in Palm Springs (CA).
After his playing career, he served as Director of Tennis at Sawgrass Tennis Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for three years. Bohrnstedt then spent 24 years as the Director of Tennis at The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia before moving to Florida in 1999.
De Fraia and Zguna will share coaching duties for the 2020 season. De Fraia was the 2019 SSC Player of the Year and ITA South Region Senior Player of the Year, finishing last season as the No. 8 ranked singles player in the nation. Zguna is a two-time SSC Player of the Year, winning in 2000 and 2001 for the Tars women's tennis team. She the 2001 ITA Senior Player of the Year and a three-time All-America selection. Zguna won the 2001 ITA Rolex Division II National Singles Championship. She founded High Performance Sports Management in 2008 and oversees the Winter Park Tennis Center.
The Tars start their 2020 season on Tuesday, February 4 at Flagler. They then jump right into Sunshine State Conference play against Lynn on Sunday, February 16.
Rollins will conduct a national search for Bohrnstedt's permanent replacement at the end of the spring semester.