PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s Athletics is proud to announce the increase of Marc Pibernat to head coach of the men’s tennis program.
Currently in his fifth year with Hawk Hill, Pibernat has served as an assistant coach on both the men’s and women’s programs, and will now focus on leading the men’s squad, beginning with the spring portion of the 2021-year schedule. 22. Ian Crookenden will continue as head coach of the women’s team and will now also serve as director of Tennis.
“The appointment of Marc as our head coach for men’s tennis is important for the evolution of Saint Joseph tennis”, athletics director Jill Bodensteiner said. “In addition, we are extremely fortunate to have two head coaches in Ian and Marc who embrace our dual goals of achieving competitive excellence and creating transformative student-athlete experiences.”
“Marc’s elevation to the position of Men’s Tennis Head Coach recognizes not only his maturity, experience and achievements, but Saint Joseph’s dedication to our sport,” said Crookenden. “By taking this step, the university demonstrates that the needs of both the men’s and women’s programs are unique, and tennis prospects evaluating their options can compare us to any other excellent tennis program.
“I am very proud to be part of this step forward and congratulate Marc on his achievements to date in developing our tennis image and reputation in tennis. I am delighted that we will continue to work together to bring the programs within growing the Atlantic 10 Conference.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the men’s tennis program,” said Pibernat. “I love being part of Hawk Hill; my experience here has allowed me to work with some great student athletes, and I’m excited to continue to do so in this new role.
“I would like to thank Jill, Coach Ian and our Program Administrator, Markeisha Everettfor this opportunity and I’m incredibly excited to be back on the field for our spring season!”
Under the tutelage of Pibernat, a number of hawks have achieved Atlantic 10 All-Conference status, including Tim Stierle ’18 and current Hawk Nathan Perrone, who are the only two student athletes to earn multiple First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors in the history of the men’s tennis program. In the women’s league, his guidance has helped current Hawk Amanda Nava win three All-Atlantic 10 awards, including a pair of First Team honors.
Since arriving at Hawk Hill, the men’s team has reached the quarter-finals of the Atlantic 10 Championship in both 2019 and 2021 (there was no championship in 2020), while Perrone has reached the fourth round of the ITA Mid-Atlantic Regionals twice and was joined by teammates at the 2021 ITA All-American Championships Nickolas Frisky and Alps Sentay; all three took a win at one of the country’s most competitive events.
In addition, the Hawks are a fixture on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-Academic honors list.
Pibernat graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina in 2010, and received his Master’s degree from Philadelphia University (now known as Jefferson University) in 2011. Before coming to the United States, he was one of the top youth players of Spain and competed in ATP Futures events before signing up with Anderson. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Mía Victoria