Randy Halfpap will begin his 21st season as Salisbury University's men's and women's tennis head coach at his alma mater in 2019-2020. He took over the reigns in January 2000 after spending two seasons as the head coach at Pomona-Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.
In 2019 the Sea Gulls posted a 12-7 overall record while going 5-2 in CAC play that included sweeps of Penn St.-Harrisburg and St. Mary's College of Maryland. The maroon and gold earned a first round victory over Penn St.-Harrisburg in the CAC tournament before falling to Christopher Newport University. Both Annika Kezman and Laura Brown garnered All-CAC accolades as Kezman was named to the first team in singles while both she and Brown collected second-team honors in doubles play.
2018 was a great year for the maroon and gold as the team posted a 15-7 overall record but saw four player garner All-CAC accolades including Co-Rookie of the Year in Sydney Soto. Soto posted a 13-5 record in singles play, primarily at the No. 4 spot in the lineup, with a 6-1 mark in conference play. In doubles play, Soto spent the year with sophomore Jordan Schaefer, playing mainly at the No. 2 spot, with a 14-6 record overall and a 6-1 mark in CAC play. Both Annika Kezman, who finished in the nation's top 50-players, and Julia Kwedi also earned All-CAC accolades as both earned first-team honors in doubles while Kezman picked up first-team accolades for singles and Kwedi garnered second-team honors.
Halfpap reached a milestone on 2017, claiming his 200th career win at Salisbury University with a 9-0 win against Bridgewater (Va.) College on February 26. Halfpap paced his young team to a 5-2 mark in Capital Athletic Conference play, led by a pair of freshmen at the top of the lineup. Annika Kezman and Julia Kwedi each earned All-CAC honors for their efforts in the season with Kezman a first-team choice and Kwedi being named to the second team.
In 2016, Halfpap's Sea Gulls won nearly 70 percent of their matches, with two players earning All-CAC recognition. Four the fourth time in his career, Halpap coached the league's Rookie of the Year when Zoe Moffat was honored by the conference's coaches.
In 2015, the Sea Gulls qualified for the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals to cap an 13-7 campaign. The Sea Gulls saw two players named to the All-CAC teams with senior Allison Lutz and freshman Megan Soderlund collecting second-team honors for their doubles play.
The Sea Gulls reached the Capital Athletic Conference finals for the ninth-straight season in 2014 and finished with a 12-5 record. Under Halfpap's guidance, Salisbury saw six women earn All-CAC honors, as sophomore Natalie Savage and juniors Allison Lutz and Katie Youlios all claimed first-team accolades.
He led the Sea Gulls to a historic season in 2013 with a program-record 20-3 overall record, which included 20 consecutive wins. SU topped Methodist University on March 3 for its first victory of the season and did not lose again until April 27 in the CAC championship match to the University of Mary Washington.
Twelve players were named to the All-CAC second team and freshman Natalie Savage earned the program's third-ever CAC Rookie of the Year honor.
The 2012 women's tennis team went 11-10 overall and 6-1 in the CAC, falling in the CAC championship match to Mary Washington. Halfpap mentored 12 players who garnered All-CAC honors, including three on the first team.
The 2011 season was another strong year for the Gulls as they posted a 14-3 record. Three different players earned All-CAC honors in both singles and doubles. Late in the season, Salisbury strung together eight consecutive wins.
The Sea Gulls put together another successful season in 2010 as the Gulls went 13-3 for their fifth straight 10-win season. The Sea Gulls had six players garner 10 singles and doubles All-CAC honors in 2010. SU freshman Jillian Poppe was named the CAC Rookie of the Year for her play.
The 2009 season was a special year for Halfpap as the squad went 14-5 against some of the top competition in the nation. In addition a match against route-13 rival Wesley College on April 16 was a milestone event as Halfpap reached the 100-win plateau. The women's program finished second in the CAC and earned seven All-CAC honors.
Halfpap's team was very successful in 2008, as the Sea Gulls went 16-5 overall, 5-1 in the CAC. Under the tutelage of Halfpap, the young squad broke the school record with 16 wins. SU won 11 consecutive matches which propelled them to a conference championship bout with Mary Washington. The entire Sea Gull entire starting lineup received All-CAC recognition while junior Anna Marie Kable and sophomore Kelly Fahrner were honored to the All-CAC first team. Halfpap had his Nos. 1 and 3 doubles teams earn the honor as well.
In 2007, Salisbury completed another solid tennis season as the men's team finished 17-7 overall and the women's team finished 13-8. The two teams combined to go 12-2 in the CAC. Halfpap guided his young teams to the CAC finals where they both lost to national powerhouse Mary Washington. Halfpap saw 19 of his players awarded All-CAC honors as well as one who earned the CAC Freshman of the Year award.
In his first season, Halfpap piloted the men's team to a 10-6 overall record and a berth in the NCAA tournament. In his second year, he led the women's team to its first-ever NCAA tournament berth and its fifth straight winning season. In 2002, the women's team returned to the NCAA tournament and set a new team record with a final 14-4 record. The women won their second straight conference title and made a third straight NCAA appearance in 2003, before adding another NCAA tournament appearance in 2004. Halfpap has been honored as the CAC's Coach of the Year four times, winning the men's award in 2001 and 2004, and the women's award in 2002 and 2003.
Visits to the NCAA tournament are nothing new for Halfpap, who has been associated with NCAA postseason teams as a player or coach in 10 of the past 12 years. Halfpap's Pomona-Pitzer team finished 13-9 overall in 1999 and advanced to the NCAA West Regional. Pomona was ranked 17th in the nation in the final poll, after earning a No. 12 national ranking in 1998.
Halfpap began his tenure at Pomona-Pitzer as the assistant head coach in 1997 before assuming the head-coaching duties the following season. He also served as the head women's coach at the Vivian Webb School in Claremont for two years, guiding his squad to a top five ranking among high school programs.
Halfpap was a two-year letterman for the Sea Gulls, joining the SU program as a transfer from Charles County Community College. He won the Capital Athletic Conference singles championship in his two seasons, claiming the title at No. 5 singles in 1996 and No. 3 singles in 1997. Halfpap posted a career singles mark of 23-9 at SU, including 15-6 as a senior in 1997. Halfpap also won the CAC doubles championship in 1997 and finished his career with a 20-14 doubles record. He completed his career with a 43-23 overall combined record. The Sea Gulls won the conference championship during both of his seasons and advanced to the NCAA tournament both years.
A native of Owings, Md., Halfpap graduated from SU in 1997 with a bachelor's degree. He earned his master's in education from Azusa Pacific University in 1999.
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Coach Halfpap's Record at SU
|2001||7-5||2-1||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2002||14-4||3-0||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champion|
|2003||9-7||2-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champion|
|2004||7-6||1-0||NCAA Tournament appearance|
|82-24||4 NCAA Tournament appearances
2 CAC Championships
9-time CAC Finalist
Last updated: 7/8/2019