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Gustafsson Joins Men's Tennis Coaching Staff

Jakob Gustafsson played for the Cardinals from 2003-06

Jakob Gustafsson played for the Cardinals from 2003-06
Aug. 1, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma has announced that Jakob Gustafsson will join his staff as an assistant coach. Gustafsson was a standout player for the Cardinals from 2003-06.

"I am excited in bring back Cardinal tennis legend, Jakob Gustafsson," said Ecarma. "He is an example of one of my proudest achievements as a coach. He was an unheralded recruit who developed into an elite college player. He also comes to us with several years of Division I assistant and head coaching experience. Jakob knows the history as well as the ambition of the UofL men's tennis program and is dedicated to helping us achieve it."

Gustafsson joins the Cardinals from Longwood University where he was the head coach of both the men's and women's tennis teams. Jakob Gustafsson spent three seasons (2012-14) as the men's coach and two seasons (2011-13) as the women's head coach. He served as an assistant coach for both programs at Longwood from 2008-09.

Prior to his time at Longwood, Gustafsson was an assistant coach at Morehead State from 2006-08.

He replaces former assistant coach Rodrigo daSilva who recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Pepperdine.

"I want to say thank you to Coach Rodrigo daSilva who served our tennis program and players well," said Ecarma. "He was instrumental in three Top 15 seasons as well as helping us host the NCAA Tournament and ITA Indoor Regionals. He will always be remembered here and will continue to be a good friend to the program and we wish him only the best."

Gustafsson returns to his alma mater where he was a standout player from 2003-06. The two-time all-conference selection was nationally ranked in both singles and doubles while collecting 72-29 career singles record, and a 77-43 career mark in doubles. The four-year starter was a member of three NCAA tournament teams and helped lead the 2006 squad to the BIG EAST title.



In singles, Gustafsson stood at No. 120 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings during the 2006 season. He was an All-Conference USA selection in 2005. In 2006, the Cardinals' inaugural season in the BIG EAST, Gustafsson was a unanimous all-conference selection in both singles and doubles en route to the team's championship title.

In doubles, Gustafsson teamed with Jeremy Clark to appear in the national doubles rankings for two years - reaching as high as No. 19 in 2006. Gustafsson and Clark became the first-ever UofL doubles team to play in the 2006 NCAA championship when they earned the BIG EAST Conference's automatic bid.

"Jakob is a great role model," said Ecarma. "He is a humble champion who helped us win UofL's first Big East Tournament in 2006. In his final match as a Cardinal, he was in the third set against former Illinois player and current top 20 ATP professional, Kevin Anderson, during the NCAA tournament second round which was held in Louisville."

His success on the court carried over into the classroom. Gustafsson was a two-time ITA Scholar Athlete and earned 2004-05 Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year honors. The two-time C-USA Sportsmanship Award recipient also earned the 2006 ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

The Hollviken, Sweden native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance with a concentration in exercise science from Louisville in 2006. He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree in health, physical education and sports sciences with a specialization in sport management at Morehead State in 2008.

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