One of the bright, young coaches in the nation, Howard Joffe is in his second season in charge of Maryland's women's tennis program.
Joffe, who was hired in July 2009, spent the previous two seasons as head coach at Miami University where he built the RedHawks into the top program in the Mid-American Conference.
He has experienced tremendous success as both an assistant and head coach.
Joffe took over a Miami program which was in the middle of the pack in the conference and in just two seasons led the RedHawks to the MAC Tournament title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Those accomplishments helped him earn 2009 MAC Coach of the Year honors.
Prior to his successful stint at Miami (Ohio), Joffe spent five seasons (2002-07) as the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Southern California.
Joffe has earned a number of accolades for his coaching prowess.
In addition to being named the 2009 league coach of the year, Joffe was a two-time recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year award with the Trojans, earning the honor in 2004 and 2006. He was also the runner-up for the 2006 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year award.
USC was among the top teams in the country during his tenure as the Trojans finished in the ITA top 10 each season.
Joffe's RedHawks were ranked nationally for the first time in school history last season and ended the year 16-7, including an 8-0 mark in conference action. They also won the MAC regular-season title for the first time in 10 years.
The RedHawks were led by their underclassmen who were recruited by Joffe.
Monica Gorny was the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year and earned first team all-league honors. Sophomore Anastasia Dracheva was also a first team All-MAC selection.
The RedHawks were also stellar in the classroom with the team earning a perfect score of 1000 on the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.
Joffe was also a skilled player, earning All-America honors at Pepperdine University in 1992 when he reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship.
After a three-year stint at Pepperdine (1990-92), Joffe spent three years in the professional ranks before embarking on a coaching career. He earned his psychology degree while coaching at USC.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Joffe spent three years (1999-02) as a teaching professional and director of tennis at Kettering Tennis Center and Quail Run Racquet Clubs in Dayton, Ohio.
Prior to his return to the United States in 1999, Joffe spent four years teaching young tennis players in Johannesburg.
He established the Joffe-Wheeler Tennis Academy in Johannesburg, coached and managed the Gauteng Central Junior Tennis Team. He was also appointed the Gauteng Central tennis coach and served as head coach at Rand Afrikaanse University.