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Georgia Gwinnett College's Chase Hodges talks to players during a Grizzlies match. (Special photo)

For the first time in his successful coaching career, Georgia Gwinnett College head tennis coach Chase Hodges has been selected as the 2019 Wilson/NAIA men’s and women’s National Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Hodges was recognized by the organization for leading both programs to wire-to-wire No. 1 national rankings throughout the season. The two teams combined to win 47 of 48 matches, culminating with NAIA national championships in mid-May.

The men’s tennis program captured its sixth consecutive national title, defeating Xavier University (La.) 5-0 in the championship match. The Grizzlies didn’t lose a game point in winning four matches at the tournament in Mobile, Ala.

The GGC men’s tennis program has won 109 consecutive matches, including a 27-0 record this spring.

Meanwhile, the women’s tennis team also won the NAIA national title with a 5-2 victory against Keiser University (Fla.) in the championship match. The team had a 20-1 record during the season.