May 5, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. - Six former Coastal Carolina University men's tennis student-athletes were selected to the Big South Men's Tennis All-Conference teams, the conference announced on Monday. Part of the Big South's 30th anniversary celebration, the all-decade teams were determined by conference administrators and fan voting.
Men's tennis was introduced as a Big South sport in 1985. The conference's three all-decade teams feature six singles players, six doubles players and one head coach.
Jason Giavara was selected for both singles and doubles on the 1985-89 all-decade team. Giavara was named all-conference three consecutive years, twice in singles and doubles, and was named the Big South Player of the Year in his final season as a Chanticleer. Also representing Coastal on the 1980s all-decade team is former head coach John Mack. Mack led the Chants to their first-ever conference title in 1988, and repeated the feat once again in 1989. Mack was named the Big South Coach of the Year in men's tennis in each of those seasons.
The 1990s all-decade team includes Tomas Malik in both singles and doubles, Jamie Taylor in singles and Alan Odic in doubles.
Malik is the all-time winningest player in Coastal history with 90 singles victories and 79 doubles victories. He was a four-time all-conference selection, earned three Player of the Year honors (1995, 1996, 1997) and was named the conference's Rookie of the Year in 1994. Malik led Coastal to a conference championship in 1994 and regular-season titles in 1994 and 1996. He additionally was a three-time Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American First-Team honoree.
Taylor was a two-time all-conference selection and was named the Big South Player of the Year in 1993 as he led the Chants to a 10-2 overall record. Odic was named an all-conference doubles player three years running from 1996-98 while also earning all-conference nods in singles twice from 1996-97.
Amaud Caffin was the lone Chanticleer named to the 2000-09 all-decade team. Caffin began his collegiate career in 2000 when he was named the Big South Freshman of the Year. He earned all-conference honors each of his four years, being named to the singles and doubles teams as a freshman and junior while earning a spot on the singles team his sophomore and senior seasons. Cauffin was additionally named the men's tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year his junior and senior seasons.