Former Blue Raider Goebel Assumes Day-to-Day Coaching Duties at Memphis

September 15, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Former Middle Tennessee All-American Paul Goebel has assumed the day-to-day coaching duties at the University of Memphis after serving the last four years as an assistant for the Tigers.

Phil Chamberlain was recently promoted to the Tournament Director's position of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships held each February at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

Goebel, a 1994 graduate of Middle Tennessee, has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach under Chamberlain. An All-America honoree during his senior season (1994) for the Blue Raiders, Goebel was a four-time all-conference honoree and was the MTSU student-athlete of the year in 1994.

Following his collegiate playing career, Goebel served as a student assistant coach and also played professionally. In 1999, Goebel was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Men's 25 and over group. Coming to Memphis in 1996, Goebel also served as a teaching professional at The Racquet Club, where he taught top national and southern-ranked juniors.

"Paul has all the qualifications to take over the program," Chamberlain said. "We work great as a team and between the two of us, we have worked really hard to elevate this team to a highly-competitive Division I program."

Goebel began taking over some additional responsibilities as early as June, when he began putting together the Tigers' 2004-05 schedule.

"Taking over brings more responsibility, but being an assistant has prepared me very well," Goebel said. "I have been given more responsibility each year, so I'm not facing anything new and have done most everything in some capacity. I look forward to our first tournament this weekend and taking on Coach Short in the spring."

Middle Tennessee begins the fall schedule this weekend with the 18th Annual Middle Tennessee Invitational at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center in Murfreesboro. Memphis is one of 11 teams in the tournament that begins Friday and includes: Belmont, Cumberland, South Alabama, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech, UAB, UT Martin, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky.

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