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Born Oct. 1, 1973 Hometown Stoke on Trent, England Wife Tara Children Zoe, Ryann, Sophia & Savanna 10

Sam Winterbotham and associate head coach Chris Woodruff have made it their goal to build a successful program by preparing players to succeed in matches and off the court as well. That mission has translated into team, individual and academic success. On the court, Tennessee is back among the nation’s elite tennis programs. No questions there. The 2010 season was nothing short of historic for Winterbotham and the Vols. Tennessee returned to the finals of the NCAA Championships for the first time in nine years. The Vols ended the season ranked No. 2 nationally with a 31-2 record, good for the second-most wins in program history. The Vols finished 11-0 in Southeastern Conference play to claim their eighth SEC regular season title and went on to become the first team to capture the SEC Tournament Title courtesy of three 4-0 shutouts. Three players -- John-Patrick Smith, Rhyne Williams and Davey Sandgren -- earned AllAmerica honors. For the first time in Tennessee history, five Vols were named All-SEC. Five players also finished the year in the national ITA rankings. When it comes to schoolwork, the Vols have been successful there too. In 2009, UT was named an ITA All-Academic Team. JohnPatrick Smith, who was already an All-America on the court, earned Academic All-America honors. He and three other Vols were named Academic All-SEC, and three additional Vols earned spots on the SEC Freshman Honor Roll. “When you’re consistently succeeding in both areas, you feel the program is really starting to do what you hoped it to do,” said Winterbotham, who was named SEC Coach of the


2010 SEC Coach of the Year 2010 ITA Ohio Valley Region Coach of the Year 2009 ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year 2008 SEC Coach of the Year

SEC TITLES: 1 2010


NCAA APPEARANCES: 4 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Year and ITA Ohio Valley Region Coach of the Year in 2010. “Chris and I hoped we would have a team that would compete and win championships, and we also want to develop fine, young men that are going to be successful in all aspects of their lives.” The victories on the court have begun to add up. Winterbotham has a 94-21 overall record at UT, which is the most wins by a head coach in his first four seasons on Rocky Top. He is well on pace to become the fastest UT coach to reach 100 wins entering the 2011 season.



 20-win seasons in four years at Tennessee. Winterbotham led the Vols to their second 30-win season in program history.


 All-SEC selections in the last four seasons. A program-record five Vols were picked by league coaches in 2010.


 Singles selections to the NCAA Singles Championships in four years. The Vols have also had five selections in the doubles draw.


BAYLOR ASSISTANT COACH (1999-2002) • 2002 Region VI Assistant Coach of the Year • Helped recruit 2004 national champions

Prior to his stint in Boulder, Winterbotham spent three years at Baylor, two seasons as a full-time

Big 12 W-L Pct. 1-6 .143 1-6 .143 2-5 .286 5-2 .714 9-19 .321

Finish t-6th 7th t-5th 3rd


In 2006, Winterbotham, was named ITA/ Wilson Mountain Region Coach of the Year and Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year while leading Colorado to a 20-9 record, the program's first 20-win season since 1997. The Buffs earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1988 (team advanced to the round of 32) and had a school-best final ITA ranking of No. 23. The 2006 Buffs posted a third-place finish in the Big 12 standings as Colorado recorded its most conference wins since 1998 at 5-2. In his four seasons at Colorado, Winterbotham’s teams posted a 42-56 record. The Buffs continually climbed up the Big 12 ladder, finishing sixth in 2003 and 2004, fifth in 2005 and third in 2006.

Overall W-L Pct. 6-16 .273 7-16 .304 9-15 .375 20-9 .690 42-56 .429


2003 2004 2005 2006 Total

TENNESSEE  2006-PRESENT Overall SEC W-L Pct. W-L Pct. 2007 17-8 .680 7-4 .636 2008 23-4 .851 9-2 .818 2009 23-7 .767 8-3 .727 2010 31-2 .939 11-0 1.000 Total 94-21 .817 35-9 .795


• 2006 ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year • 2006 Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year • Led Colorado to first NCAA tournament since 1998 • Finished the 2006 season ranked 23rd, the best end-year ranking in program history


In terms of sheer number of victories, the Vols just wrapped up their most successful three-year period in program history with a 77-13 record. The Vols had 31 victories in 2010 and won 23 matches in both 2008 and 2009. In Winterbotham’s tenure, Tennessee has had eight All-America and 13 All-SEC selections. Winterbotham was named the 10th coach in Tennessee tennis history on Oct. 24, 2006. He and Woodruff joined forces when Tennessee was ranked No. 48 nationally, but the Vols have quickly vaulted up the charts over a four-year span. Tennessee ended 2010 at No. 2 and has finished the last three seasons in the top 10.


 Times the Vols have been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. UT has also had players named ITA ScholarAthletes six times.



 ITA All-America selections since 2007, including three last year: John-Patrick Smith, Rhyne Williams and Davey Sandgren.



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TOTAL RECORD (8 SEASONS): 131-76 assistant (2000-2002) and one as a volunteer coach (1999-00). During that time he helped the Bears become a national power in the collegiate game. In addition to assisting Baylor with the dayto-day operation, Winterbotham had a hand in recruiting one of the best teams in the nation that eventually won the first team national championship in Baylor history as the Bears were crowned 2004 NCAA champions. While at Baylor, Winterbotham was named the 2002 Region VI Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Bears win the Big 12 regular season and conference tournament. Baylor advanced to the 2002 NCAA Sweet 16 and finished the season ranked seventh nationally. He briefly returned to Baylor as an assistant in 2006 after Colorado cut its men’s tennis program. He was soon hired by Tennessee.


• NAIA All-America in 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999 • Earned No. 1 national ranking • 1997 NAIA singles champion

Prior to coaching, Winterbotham attended Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City where he was a four-year NAIA All-America and ranked No. 1 nationally. In 1997 he won top honors as the NAIA national singles champion. At OCU, Winterbotham also was the 1999 Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year in soccer, where he was named to the All-Region first team and honorable mention All-America team. He graduated in April 1999 with a degree in marketing and was honored as OCU’s 1999 international business student of the year. Winterbotham was inducted into the Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

FAMILY A native of Stoke on Trent, Great Britain, Winterbotham was born Oct 1, 1973. He is married to the former Tara McClure, a native of Asher, Okla. The Winterbothams’ have four daughters: Zoe, Ryann, Sophia and Savanna.

 SEC TOURNAMENT RESULTS How UT Fared Host 2007 Quarterfinalists LSU 2008 Semifinalists Arkansas 2009 Finalists Auburn 2010 Champions Kentucky Total

Record 1-1 1-1 2-1 3-0 7-3


Sam Winterbotham has reached the NCAA Championships five times in his career, including his final season at Colorado in 2006, where the Buffs reached the second round. He has an 11-5 total record. How UT Fared Final Host* Record 2007 Round of 32 -- 1-1 2008 Round of 16 Tulsa 2-1 2009 Round of 16 Texas A&M 2-1 2010 Finalists Georgia 5-1 Total 10-4 * Final site host includes the last four rounds of the tournament 2011 Tennessee Tennis Media Guide





Born Jan. 2, 1973 Hometown Knoxville, Tenn. Wife Jennifer Children Olivia & Tate 12

Not every great player can be a great coach, but Chris Woodruff has proven he is more than capable of being both. Woodruff, one of Tennessee’s most celebrated tennis players, recently completed his eighth season on the Vols’ coaching staff. He and head coach Sam Winterbotham have been coaching together for four seasons and have quickly ushered the program into one of its most successful periods. The Vols have finished in the top 10 nationally the last three seasons, and 2010 turned out to be one of the best years in Tennessee history. The Vols finished 31-2 overall and reached the finals of the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2002. They won the Southeastern Conference regular-season title with a perfect 11-0 record and then captured the SEC Tournament Title via three shutouts. “I can’t even begin to tell you how vital Chris Woodruff is to this program,” Winterbotham said. “First, he’s one of the greatest players in the world so when he tells our players something to work on, they know they need to listen. Second, he bleeds orange. His support and love for this University is unwavering and I think he passes that love on to our team. “Having Chris Woodruff at Tennessee automatically puts us at an advantage over every other tennis program.” Since returning to Tennessee in 2002, Woodruff has helped the Vols earn 12 AllAmerica and 20 All-SEC selections. After serving as Tennessee’s assistant coach since the 2002-03 season, Woodruff was promoted to the Vols’ associate head coach position in the fall of 2006 when Winterbotham joined the Tennessee staff. Woodruff earned the 2010 ITA Ohio Valley

Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors. In 2008, he was named the Region III Assistant Coach of the Year after helping guide UT to a 23-4 record.


• All-America in 1992 and 1993 • All-SEC in 1992 and 1993 • 1992 Volvo Rookie of the Year • 1993 NCAA singles champion • 1993 SEC indoor singles champion • 1993 USTA Sportsmanship Award

Woodruff, a native of Knoxville, lettered for the Vols in 1992 and 1993, garnering AllAmerica honors both years. He was crowned NCAA singles champion in 1993 and remains the only Vol to claim that title. He finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally, becoming the only Vol since Paul Annacone in 1984 to finish the year atop the rankings. In addition to his national championship, Woodruff was also named the ITA Rookie of the Year in 1992, and was given the USTA Sportsmanship Award in 1993. In only two seasons of collegiate tennis, Woodruff finished with an 81-16 record, with 45 of those wins coming in 1993. His career singles winning percentage of .835 is second all-


Herman Demmink is in his second year as strength and conditioning coach for the Tennessee men’s tennis team. He came to the Tennessee staff from Clemson, where he worked with the Tiger athletics teams from 2006-09 to implement training and nutritional guidelines. Demmink, who also works with the Vols’ baseball program, spent four years on the Clemson baseball team, where he earned the 2004 National Strength Athlete of the Year award. After graduating, he played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization for four years. Demmink is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Fitness Trainer (ISSA) and Athletic Republic Level 2. He is the president and owner of 3D Performance Training LLC, where he trains athletes in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the PGA Tour, Major League Soccer and participants in Olympic Track and Field. He is currently working on his master’s degree in biomechanics/sports medicine at UT.

FAMILY Woodruff has two children: a daughter, Olivia and a son, Tate. He is married to Jennifer Arndt Woodruff, who is an assistant coach for the Lady Vols swimming and diving program.

“He was the student that always wanted one more ball. I would tell him, it’s time to go and he’d be standing there saying ok, give me one more ball and we’re out of here and right after I gave him one more, he’d want another. “That’s just how Chris was. He never thought he had enough practice.”

 VOLS IN THE HALL Year 1993 1995 1999 2002 2008 2010

Inductee Tommy Bartlett Mike DePalmer Sr. Mel Purcell Paul Annacone Chris Woodruff Rodney Harmon

Classification (Years) Player (1950-52) Coach (1981-94) Player (1980) Player (1982-84) Player (1992-93) Player (1980) 2011 Tennessee Tennis Media Guide



 ITA HALL OF FAME Chris Woodruff is one of six Vols to be enshrined in the ITA Hall of Fame in Athens, Ga. Rodney Harmon, a letterman in 1980, joined the select group in 2010. Woodruff, who lettered for the Vols in 1992 and 1993, remains the only Vol to win the NCAA Championship in singles. Senior John-Patrick Smith came close to matching the feat when he finished runner-up as a freshman. Few Vols have enjoyed so much success in their first two years on Rocky Top, in any sport. Woodruff finished his time at UT with 81 wins. Former Vols head coach Mike DePalmer Sr. was hardly surprised about Woodruff’s success. “He just outworked everybody,” DePalmer said.

After two years on the Vols’ squad as a studentathlete, Christopher Williams is entering his first season as a volunteer assistant with the Tennessee program. His leadership role on the team as a junior and senior led to his new position as a coach. “Since joining the program in January of last year, we have never seen anyone have such an impact on a program in such a short time,” head coach Sam Winterbotham said. “Christopher immediately took on a leadership role and helped galvanize the team. He has a special ability to recognize what is needed to bring a team together. He epitomizes what college tennis is all about by the way he is committed to helping the team in any way he can.” Williams, a Knoxville native, recently graduated with a degree in Sociology: Criminal Justice at UT and is currently working on his master’s degree in Sports Psychology. He was named to the Southeastern Conference Honor Roll following the 2010 season. Prior to joining the Vols, Williams spent two seasons playing at Wofford. He transferred to Tennessee in 2008 to pursue his degree in Criminal Justice. He became a member of the Vols’ squad before the spring 2009 season.



He opted to turn professional following the 1993 season and ascended to the world’s most prolific tennis stage, the ATP Tour. While on tour, Woodruff claimed two event titles: the 1997 Montreal Super 9 Canadian Open and the 1999 Miller Lite Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 12 in the world in January 2000. His event highlights that year include reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and representing his country in Davis Cup competition, where he clinched the United States’ win over Zimbabwe. Woodruff racked up tour wins against seven former No.1 players including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, (whom Woodruff upset in the 1996 French Open), Yevgeni Kafelnikov, Thomas Muster, Gustavo Kuerten, Marcelo Rios and Carlos Mova. Other notable victories include wins over




• Career-high singles ranking of No. 12 internationally • 1997 Canadian Open champion • 1999 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships champion • 2000 Australian Open quarterfinalist • 2000 Played on U.S. Davis Cup Team




Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Enqvist, Tim Henman, Alex Corretja, Magnus Norman and Cedric Pioline. After an illustrious career, Woodruff retired from the tour in May 2002. He was excited about his return to Knoxville to contribute to the success of his alma mater.


time in the Tennessee record books. In 2008, Woodruff became the fifth Vol in UT history to be inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame.



During his tenure at the helm of the Volunteers athletic program, Mike Hamilton’s visionary leadership has exemplified the “ideal of service” captured by the university’s revered Torchbearer Statue. Appointed to the position of director of athletics in 2003, Hamilton’s stewardship of the Tennessee brand continues to ascend to unprecedented heights. While Tennessee athletics continues to shine brightly as a national standard of intercollegiate achievement, Hamilton has assured that the athletic department’s impact reaches far beyond the fields of competition. In 2010-11, the benefits of Hamilton’s fiscal oversight took the form of $10.3 million in direct cash support to the general UT Knoxville campus—the largest such contribution by athletics in university history. The UT athletics department remains one of only a handful nationwide that receives no funds from state subsidies or taxes. Success on a national level has been a staple of Tennessee athletics, and under Hamilton’s watch, this trend has continued. The Vols have placed in the top 16 in the NACDA Director’s Cup six times in the last seven years, including two top-10 finishes. The men’s basketball program has reached new heights in recent years and reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2010—the program’s most successful season in 101 years. The basketball program also won the 2008 SEC Championship and achieved the program’s firstever No. 1 national ranking that same year. Additionally, men’s tennis played for the national championship and finished second in the nation in 2010. The leaders of those two programs, tennis coach Sam Winterbotham

and basketball coach Bruce Pearl, were both hired by Hamilton and have each earned multiple coaching accolades at Tennessee. The competitive excellence exhibited by the Vols between the lines also has translated to the classroom, where in the spring of 2009, more than 51 percent of Tennessee’s student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or better. The following academic accolades have been accomplished during Hamilton’s tenure: 12 first-team Academic All-Americans, two SEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year, 404 student-athletes earning degrees, and a total of 1,052 student-athletes earning Academic AllSEC honors. In addition, 29 former Vols who left school to pursue professional athletic careers have returned to finish their degree requirements through the Renewing Academic Commitment (RAC) program administered by the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. Operating as the CEO of an organization with a $100-million-plus annual budget, Volunteer success during Hamilton’s watch has not been limited to the athletic and academic arenas, as fundraising success has also been remarkable. Donations to UT athletics totaled $4 million when he arrived on Rocky Top in 1992. By the time he assumed the director of athletics position in 2003, that total had increased nearly 500 percent ($19.5 million). And by 2010, athletics development fundraising efforts had risen to $43.4 million, which is more than double the total when Hamilton assumed his current post. Perhaps one of Hamilton’s most ambitious undertakings—the Neyland Stadium Master Plan—is now 60 percent complete. The multi-phase renovation project has brought the addition of revenue-generating Tennessee Terrace and East and West Club seating areas, a fieldlevel Lettermen’s Room, facelifts to the exterior façade, west skyboxes and press box and a breathtaking majestic new stadium entrance via Gate 21. These upgrades have ensured that Neyland Stadium will remain the premier venue in college football for decades to come. Mike Hamilton and his wife, Beth, reside in Knoxville and have three sons—Matthew, Nate and Kiya—and two daughters—Madison and Kalu.



Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek began serving as chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on February 1, 2009. He came to UT after more than 33 years at the University of Florida where he was an awardwinning professor, dean and most recently the senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. Dr. Cheek’s first year managing the Knoxville campus yielded positive momentum, despite unprecedented budget challenges. The 2009 freshman class was the most diverse in the institution's history. The campus also has been recognized as a national leader in sustainable energy initiatives and cut more than $1 million in costs through energy saving policies. Construction and renovations projects are currently underway to build a new Student Health Center, the Natalie Haslam School of Music Building, the Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, and renovations to Neyland Stadium. Ayres Hall, the campus’ most iconic academic building, will re-open for the spring 2011 semester after extensive renovations. Dr. Cheek earned a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University, a master’s from Lamar University (in Beaumont, Texas) and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Education, also from Texas A&M. He is first member of his family to attend college and has a life-long affection for learning. Much of his research has focused on education and learning and he’s authored or co-authored nearly 200 publications. In his spare time, he’s a gardener and nature enthusiast. He and his wife, Ileen, have two grown children and two grandchildren.












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