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Niagara University Men | Women

Division:NCAA - Div. I
Location:Niagara Falls, NY
Head Coach:Jerry Thor
Assistant Coach:Nick Bolea
Institution Type:Private
Environment:Small city
Student Population:3,000+

Conference Highlights
2003 MAAC Regular-Season Champions
2005 MAAC Regular-Season Champions
Post Season Highlights
2005 NCAA Tournamet - at BYU, vs. No. 16 Baylor
2003 NCAA Tournament - at Harvard, vs. No. 16 Arizona

2003 MAAC Tournament Champions
2005 MAAC Tournament Champions

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Tournament Highlights
2003 & 2004 MAAC Player of the Year - Milena Matijevic
2005 MAAC Player of the Year - Mariam Al-Shikarchy

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Individual Achievements
Three-time MAAC Female Student-Athlete of the Year - Milena Matijevic
Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American - Milena Matijevic
Five CoSIDA Academic All-District selections
20 MAAC All-Academic picks

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Coaching Achievements
The name Paul Calkins is synonymous with Niagara women’s tennis. Now in his sixth season, Calkins has a 96-44 career record, two NCAA Tournament appearances under his belt and a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament and regular-season titles.
The 2003 MAAC Coach of the Year, Calkins had one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history in 2003. The Purple Eagles posted a school-record 19 victories, won the MAAC regular season and tournament titles, played in the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament and won their second Little Three and Big Four titles.
In 2004 and 2003, Niagara won the regular-season titles and posted back-to-back perfect MAAC records with marks of 7-0 and 9-0.
Calkins’ success is due in large part to his outstanding recruiting, especially on the international level. Calkins recruited three MAAC Players of the Year in Mariam Al-Shikarchy (2005) and Milena Matijevic (2004 & 2003). Matijevic was a three-time MAAC Female Student-Athlete of the Year, and Al-Shikarchy won in 2005.
Calkins is committed to his athletes’ success in the classroom and in the past seven years he has had five student-athletes named CoSIDA Academic All-District and two All-Americans. In addition, 20 student-athletes in the past seven years have been named to the MAAC Academic Team.
He is certified by the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry, a United States Tennis Association (USTA) National clinician and head administrator for the USTA Western New York junior area training center. He has completed the Tennis University Programs Levels I, II and III and is wheelchair certified.
Prior to taking over the Niagara program, Calkins was the assistant men’s and women’s coach at the University at Buffalo for six years.
Calkins is president of Calkins Lumber Company, Inc., and resides in Sanborn, N.Y., with his wife, Eileen.
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2/14 Women's Showdown
Swarthmore, PA
Jeremy Loomis
3/07 Women's Showdown
Geneva, NY
William Smith
Chip Fishback
3/27 Men's Showdown
Minneapolis, MN
Geoff Young
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