DES MOINES, IOWA – Jimmy Borendame, an
assistant coach the last five seasons at Virginia Tech, including this past
year serving as associate head coach, has been named head men’s tennis coach at
Drake University, athletic director Sandy
Hatfield Clubb announced on Tuesday (Aug. 18).
This past season, the nationally-ranked Hokies posted a 15-8 mark en
route to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, where Virginia
Tech advanced to the second round after defeating UNC Wilmington, 4-2. The Hokies twice achieved a
program-high national ranking of No. 21 in the ITA polls.
Borendame was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Mideast
Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, becoming one of only eight
assistant coaches nationwide to receive the honor.
During his tenure in Blacksburg, Va., he spearheaded recruiting, planning
team travel, managed NCAA compliance, assisted with budget management,
coordinated fundraising via Advantage Hokies (tennis booster club) and oversaw
the strength and conditioning program.
“Jimmy Borendame comes with an excellent coaching pedigree, including
competitive and recruiting success, and demonstrates his fit with the Drake
Athletics commitment to the holistic student-athlete experience,” Drake
associate athletic director Heather
Weems, who chaired the search committee, commented. “We are excited to have Jimmy join the
Drake team, and know he has the ability to elevate the strong tradition in
“I would like to thank Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Heather Weems
and the entire Drake staff for this opportunity," Borendame said.
"I'm very excited to lead the Drake men’s tennis program. Coach Hodges
(Chase) did an extraordinary job in building the program and I plan on
continuing to take the steps to further that development.”
During his last five years at Virginia Tech, Borendame helped lead the
Hokies to a 70-56 (.556) record, including three NCAA Tournament
appearances. He helped further the
development of Luka Somen, the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the
Borendame, 30, came to Virginia Tech after spending one season at
William and Mary (2003-04), where he served as an assistant coach and
recruiting coordinator. While working with the Tribe, he helped William and
Mary achieve a No. 38 national ranking, with victories over nationally-ranked
Virginia Commonwealth and Tennessee.
In addition to his time at William and Mary, Borendame served as an
assistant coach at West Virginia (2002-03), while also working as an assistant
tennis professional at Woodstock Country Club in Indianapolis, Ind.
A Wheaton, Ill. native, Borendame played collegiate tennis at Butler
University, where he earned a national doubles ranking as high as No. 33 en
route to posting a school record 101 doubles victories.
A USPTA certified instructor, Borendame was tabbed to coach the 2006 and
2007 Mid-Atlantic National Junior teams that participated in the national
championships in Champaign, Ill.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Butler University in 2002
and a master's degree in sport management from West Virginia University in 2003.
Borendame is married to the former Genevieve