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June 13, 2012TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama's new men's tennis coach certainly is no stranger to winning.
UA athletic director Mal Moore announced Wednesday that George Husack has been hired to lead the Crimson Tide. Husack spent the last three seasons as associate head coach for four-time defending national champion Southern California.
"Coach Husack brings a strong background of championship experience with him to this position, and we are excited to welcome him to the Alabama athletics family," Moore said.
Husack, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's 2012 national assistant coach of the year, was responsible for coaching, player development and recruiting throughout his tenure with the Trojans.
He helped train and motivate one of the most decorated players in collegiate tennis, Steve Johnson, to back-to-back NCAA singles championships and 72 consecutive singles victories.
As a team, the Trojans compiled an 85-6 overall record over the last three seasons and had four individuals earn a combined 10 All-America honors.
"I'm ecstatic and extremely grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by Coach Moore and the University of Alabama," Husack said. "I was thoroughly impressed by so many things during the interview process, including the staff, facilities, success, commitment and character of the athletic department, university and Tuscaloosa community. The passion and pride for the Crimson Tide is unimaginable. I can't wait to get started."
Prior to his appointment at USC, Husack spent two seasons as associate head coach at Illinois after having been the head coach at Santa Clara for five years.
While at Illinois, Husack helped the Illini to two straight trips to the NCAA round of 16 while coaching student-athletes that attained top-10 rankings nationally in singles and doubles. As with USC, his primary responsibilities included player development and recruiting.
Husack assumed the reins of head coach at Santa Clara in 2002 after having served as an assistant since 1995. He built a program that had the highest national singles and doubles rankings in school history and a program record for most team wins in a single season as the Broncos went 20-8 in 2007. He coached 19 All-West Coast Conference singles and doubles selections and 14 All-WCC All-Academic and ITA Scholar-Athlete honorees.
Husack spent two seasons competing professionally on the International Tennis Federation and United States Tennis Association tours.
Husack also spent time in the business sector, serving as a plan specialist for Franklin Mutual Fund, an operations analyst for Wells Fargo and Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships in athletics at Santa Clara.
A native of San Mateo, Calif., Husack earned his bachelor's degree in finance from San Diego State in 1991, while later attaining an MBA in marketing from the University of San Francisco in 1995. As a member of the San Diego State men's tennis team, he served as team captain as a senior and helped the Aztecs to their first top-25 national ranking.
Husack and his wife, Kristina, have three children: Nina, 3, and twins Grant and Greta, 2.