It’s the end of an era for the Bearcats, as longtime men’s and women’s tennis coach Florin Giuglescu has announced his retirement and ending his long and illustrious career on a high note. Coach Giuglescu’s list of impressive accomplishments include being named Men’s tennis coach of the year three times – 2004, 2008 and 2012 – by CUNYAC as well as being named Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2015. Since joining Baruch in 1996, he has led the Bearcats to a total of 13 CUNYAC Championships; 11 in Men’s tennis and 2 in Women’s. His retirement has left a void in the Baruch Athletics Department, and his presence will surely be missed.
After the seemingly impossible task of finding a replacement that could follow in Giuglescu’s footsteps and maintain the Bearcats winning ways, it was announced that Gregory Wyzykowski had been named the new Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams. Wyzykowski has been involved in coaching since 1997, and was named the CCAC Coach of the Year in the 2005-06 season and had spearheaded the women’s tennis program at Division II Georgian Court University.
The NCAA tournament is one of the most prestigious collegiate athletic competitions in the country, and to qualify for the tournament is a major milestone. Under Coach Giuglescu’s tenure from 2004-2015, Baruch College qualified 7 times: 6 in the men’s and one in the women’s. However, the teams have never been able to get past the second round of the NCAA Championship. Last season, the Bearcats won the CUNYAC championship for the first time since 2014 and have qualified for the NCAA Championship this upcoming season . Much of their success must be credited to Coach Giuglescu’s leadership, which, as previously mentioned, led to multiple CUNYAC Championship wins and NCAA Tournament appearances. Now, after Giuglescu’s retirement, Wyzykowski will look to lead a team with a lack of a senior, veteran presence over the hump, deep into an NCAA Tournament run, a job he can certainly perform.
Wyzykowski certainly has the qualifications and experience to lead a young team. In 2008, he served as the coach for the U-14 boys and girls teams at the USTA Eastern Zonal Competition, leading them to gold medals victories. He also coached the USTA Eastern Boys & Girls 12 Zonal Team in Pennsylvania last summer. Before joining Baruch, he was a USTA Eastern BG16’s zonal coach at a tournament held at Wake Forest University on July 27 through August 1, proving he has experience in leading teams to success.
Coach Wyzykowski’s extensive NCAA collegiate experience demands recognition and proves he has the pedigree and qualifications needed for a coach that is expected to lead this young Baruch squad. Baruch College is fortunate to have him at the helm, and it is certain that he is more than able to carry on the legacy of Coach Giuglescu and help lead the Bearcats to victory.