Martin Novak is in his eighth season as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins.
The former University of Arkansas and University of Minnesota head coach came to Maryland in 2001 and has elevated the women's tennis program to national prominence.
In the 2005 season, Novak led the Terps to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1999. One year later, he led Maryland to a No. 32 ranking in the final ITA poll.
He began his coaching career in 1985 at Arkansas, compiling a 71-45 record, highlighted by two trips to the Southwest Conference semifinals. Novak's 1990 squad finished second in the conference.
In 1990, he took over the coaching reins at Minnesota, where he led the Gophers to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Under Novak, the Gophers earned the distinction as the only women's tennis team from 1996-2000 to boast a winning Big Ten record in each of those five seasons. Novak was rewarded for his accomplishments when he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year following a 7-3 conference finish during the 2000 season and a trip to the league's championship finals. Carrying the Gophers to as high as No. 28 in the nation in 1997, it is Novak's goal for the Terrapins to emulate those accomplishments. He posted a record of 126-118 with the Gophers and has a career mark of 257-236 in over 20 years of coaching.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Novak has had a diverse upbringing. He grew up in Sweden and earned an engineering degree. Novak moved to America in 1980 and played collegiate tennis at Central Florida Community College at the No. 2 singles spot, reaching the junior college national semifinals in 1981. He was also a member of the JCAA championship team in 1981, and played on the Swiss circuit in 1983.
In 1984, Novak earned a bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in kinesiology from Texas Christian University, where he served a co-captain of the tennis team for two seasons. Novak received his mater's degree in physical education with a concentration in sports management from the University of Arkansas in 1988.
Head coach Martin Novak's recruiting statement:"The Maryland women's tennis program offers eight full scholarships and is funded to be competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally. Prospective student-athletes should be serious students and have earned a ranking of about top 100 or better nationally.
Generally, we recruit at the National Clay Courts (Memphis, Tenn.), Fed Cup (San Rafael, Calif.), Hard Courts (San Jose, Calif.), Orange Bowl International Championships (Miami, Fla.) and the Super Nationals (Phoenix, Ariz.)
We are looking for those willing to go the extra step in their personal development and in representing the Terps. It is important to us that our new generation has initiative and pride, both academically and athletically.
The University of Maryland reflects a quality education, earned through a positive, constructive and fun college experience.
I agree with famed soccer coach Sven-Goran Ericksson who said, 'You want speed, technique, intelligence, good character and a winner who hates to lose.'
If you have what it takes, please give us a try. You will love it!" - Martin Novak