Roland Thornqvist

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Roland Thornqvist
Roland Thornqvist.jpg
Current position
Title Head coach
Team University of Florida
Conference Southeastern Conference
Record42059 (.877)
Biographical details
Born (1970-03-03) March 3, 1970 (age 50)
Stockholm, Sweden
Playing career
19931996 University of North Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002current University of Florida
19992001 University of North Carolina
19971998 University of Kansas
Head coaching record
Overall495109 (.820)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA (2003, 2011, 2012, 2017)
Southeastern Conference
(2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
Southeastern Conference Tournament
(2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
Awards
SEC Coach of the Year (2004, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2016)
ITA National Coach of the Year (2011)

Roland Thornqvist (born March 3, 1970) is a Swedish-born American college tennis coach and former college tennis player. Thornqvist is the current head coach of the Florida Gators women's tennis team of the University of Florida. He is best known for leading the Florida Gators to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I national championships in 2003, 2011, 2012, and 2017.

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Early years

Thornqvist was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1970.

College career

Thornqvist attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he played for the North Carolina Tar Heels men's tennis team from 1990 to 1993. He was recognized as a three-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and a first-team All-American in 1993. [1] Thornqvist graduated from North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1996. [1]

Coaching career

Thornqvist was the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks women's tennis team at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas in 1997 and 1998. From 1999 to 2001, he was the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels women's tennis team at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. [1]

In 2002, Thornqvist became the head coach of the Florida Gators women's tennis program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Since then, Thornqvist has been one of the top college tennis coaches in the country. He has compiled a record of 24930 overall at the University of Florida, and has an overall coaching record of 32480. His teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament every year since he has been the head coach of the Gators. In 2003, 2011, 2012 and 2017, the Gators women's tennis team won the NCAA Division I National Championship. [1] Thornqvist's Lady Gators have also finished second in the NCAA tournament in 2002 and 2010. [1]

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) named Thornqvist as its national Coach of the Year in 2011. [2]

Coaching record [3] [4] [5]

Statistics overview
SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)(1997–1998)
1997Kansas15–1410–32ndNCAA Second Round
1998Kansas18–69–22ndNCAA Round of 16
Kansas:33–2019–5
UNC (Atlantic Coast Conference)(1999–2001)
1999UNC16–93–54thNCAA Second Round
2000UNC10–142–6NCAA First Round
2001UNC16–76–2NCAA Second Round
UNC:42–3011–13
Florida (Southeastern Conference)(2002–Present)
2002Florida24–210–12ndNCAA Runner-Up
2003Florida31–210–11stNCAA Champions
2004Florida23–111–01stNCAA Second Round
2005Florida22–39–2T-2ndNCAA Semifinals
2006Florida25–211–01stNCAA Semifinals
2007Florida24–310–11stNCAA Quarterfinals
2008Florida24–311–01stNCAA Semifinals
2009Florida16–107–44thNCAA Round of 16
2010Florida29–311–01stNCAA Runner-Up
2011Florida31–111–01stNCAA Champions
2012Florida27–111–01stNCAA Champions
2013Florida26–312–1T-1stNCAA Semifinals
2014Florida23–611–2T-2ndNCAA Semifinals
2015Florida24–412–11stNCAA Quarterfinals
2016Florida23–313–01stNCAA Round of 16
2017Florida29–311–2T-2ndNCAA Champions
2018Florida19–911–2T-2ndNCAA Second Round
Florida:420–59182–17
Total:495–109

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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