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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bo Hodge Named Men's Tennis Assistant

Bo Hodge
Bo Hodge
Nov. 17, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma men's tennis coach John Roddick announced the addition of Bo Hodge as an assistant coach Thursday. Hodge, formerly one of the nation's top collegiate and junior players, was formerly the assistant with the University of Alabama for the past three seasons.
"I'm excited to have Bo onboard," John Roddick said. "He is going to be a big asset to the program. He brings a wealth of experience, from both a playing and coaching aspect. He was a part of a national championship team at the University of Georgia. His experience is going to bring a ton to our program."
A former star for the University of Georgia before pursuing a career on the professional circuit, Hodge earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications at UGA where he returned to complete his studies after several years on the professional tour as a player and coach.
"I'm excited," exclaimed Bo Hodge. "So far, it has been a great experience. I have met a lot of great people and am getting settled into Norman. I'm excited about working with John. He has been a friend and coach of mine for a long time. I learned a lot at Alabama under head coach Billy Pate, but I'm excited about the opportunity here to be able to come to the Big 12. I have been an SEC guy my whole life. I'm going to hit the ground running and am looking forward to getting started."
During his coaching stent at Alabama, Hodge was selected as one of two coaches in 2010 and 2011 to lead the USTA Men's Summer Collegiate Team. The USTA Summer Collegiate Team provides an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players and gives them exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit.
In addition, Hodge boasts an impressive resume that includes serving as a coach and hitting partner for Venus and Serena Williams in 2005-06 and coaching ATP professional Mardy Fish in 2007. Hodge served as a volunteer coach at Georgia under head coach Manuel Diaz from August 2006 to May 2008, helping lead the Bulldogs to consecutive NCAA national championships.
As a player for the Bulldogs, Hodge was a four-time All-American from 2001-04 while playing on three Southeastern Conference championship teams (2001, 2002 and 2004) and one national championship team (2001). Hodge was the No. 2-ranked collegiate player in the nation in both 2001 and 2004 and was consistently ranked in the nation's top five in both singles and doubles. In 2004, he and teammate John Isner reached the NCAA Doubles finals.
Prior to attending Georgia, Hodge had an outstanding career in junior tennis where he led Athens Academy to the 1998 Class A High School state title as a sophomore. After helping the Spartans win the title, Hodge moved to Boca Raton, Fla., to study under famed South African coach Stanford Boster while attending Boca Prep, where he was teammates with John's brother, Andy Roddick.
A native of Athens, Ga., Hodge is the son of Mark and Suzette Hodge. His father is a former Georgia football star and was a tight end and offensive captain of the 1978 Bulldogs.

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