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Tibil returns to UB men’s tennis program as associate head coach


BUFFALO – University at Buffalo men's tennis coach Lee Nickell has announced that George Tibil will rejoin the Bulls, this time in the role of Associate Head Coach.

Tibil had served as an assistant coach with the Bulls for two season in 2012-13 and 2013-14.  In his final year, he saw the Bulls advance to the MAC Championship match.

"I am so pleased to announce that George will be returning for our Associate Head Coach position," said Nickell. "George is not only an accomplished player, but was instrumental in recruiting the team that won our first MAC Tournament Championship in 2015. His loyalty to this University is unmatched, and I know that he is the right choice to help push this program forward to new heights."

Tibil, a former team captain for Nickell with the Bulls from 2009-12, compiled a 50-36 combined singles and doubles record in his three seasons at Buffalo. In 2010, he was named UB's Most Valuable Player finishing 17-9 in singles play and 16-13 in doubles competitions. His 4-0 singles mark against Mid-American Conference opponents helped propel the Bulls to their first league regular season title. He also represented UB at the prestigious ITA Regional championships.

A native of Bucharest, Romania, Tibil also brings a strong international background to his coaching duties. A winner of five national tournaments in Belgium, Tibil also scored a three-set victory over Tom Vanhoudt, ranked 36th in the ATP rankings. He was also among the top four junior players in Romania.

The men's tennis team will begin the fall portion of their schedule this weekend when they head to the Harvard Chowder Fest where they will face completion from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and Harvard.