VIRGINIA BEACH – Tom Drabczyk Jr. returns to the Virginia Wesleyan College tennis courts in a much different role from his first experience with the Marlins.
Once a VWC student-athlete, Drabczyk is back at the College as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach. Director of Tennis Edward Kahn added the former Marlin player to the court staff, which will continue to include long-time coach Joanne Renn.
Drabczyk, who played for the Marlins from 2001 through 2005, begins his first collegiate coaching position with the successful experience as head boys' and girls' tennis coach at Floyd E. Kellam High School since 2005. In his first year with the boys' team, he guided the Knights to the first appearance in the Virginia state championship tournament. He has produced a combined 70-34 record with the boys' and girls' teams in the past five years.
Certified as a professional by the United States Professional Tennis Registry, Drabczyk has also been the head tennis professional (contractor) at the Great Bridge Swim and Racquet Club in Chesapeake since 2007. He has organized programs for adults and children, organized special events, and has been in charge of advertising, fund-raising and member recruitment during his stay.
Drabcyzk began his career after graduating from VWC in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He earned All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors in singles in 2004 after playing for the championship of the No. 6 flight in the post-season tournament. He was part of a 2004 team that finished as ODAC runner-up and produced a 13-3 record. He helped the Marlin men to three straight winning seasons. Drabczyk also competed in cross country for three seasons.
Off the court, Drabczyk was president of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and a resident assistant for two years.