Story by: Joshua Jurnovoy
University of South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman announced earlier today that has has hired Josh Goffi to be the new head tennis coach for the Gamecocks. Goffi, a Charleston, SC native, previously served as an assistant coach for the Duke men’s team for the past two seasons. He was named the 2010 ITA Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Goffi carries a reputation as a coach who possesses strong motivational tactics and impressive recruiting skills. He was responsible for recruiting 2010 ACC Player and Freshman of the Year, Brazilian Henrique Cunha, to Duke.
Prior to joining the Duke staff, Goffi was an assistant for the Arizona State women’s team for two seasons. As a Sun Devil assistant, he was named Wilson/ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year after the 2008 season in which the Sun Devils finished the season 15-8, ranked No. 23 in the nation.
Goffi, a 2001 Clemson graduate, had a standout career for the Tigers as a three-time All-ACC selection, singles and doubles champion in 1999, and a member of the 2000 and 2001 NCAA All-Region teams. After his collegiate career, Goffi played on the ATP Tour until 2005. He also represented Brazil in the 2004 Davis Cup.
Goffi’s father, Carlos, is an internationally renowned tennis coach who was named World Coach of the Year in 1991.