Glenn Michibata completed his 12th season at Princeton following the 2011-12 campaign.
In his 12 seasons at Princeton, Michibata guided the Tigers to a 145-121 overall record and a winning Ivy League campaign in seven of those 12 seasons. Princeton has had eight singles players and one doubles team earn first-team All-Ivy League honors in Michibata's tenure. Three players, Judson Williams (2002), Peter Capkovic (2008) and Matija Pecotic (2011, 2012) have earned Ivy League Player of the Year, and Darius Craton was the 2003 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Michibata has done all of that despite the fact that he had never been a college head coach prior to coming to Princeton in 2000.
The 2010-11 season saw Princeton finish 6-1 in the Ivy League, one match short of a conference title, in its most successful finish since men's tennis came under the auspices of the Ivy League in 1999.
“When I was nearing the end of my playing career, I knew I wanted to remain in the sport and coach,” Michibata says. “I thought I’d be able to give back some of what I’ve learned to young players. In college tennis, I’ve really found that I enjoy the team aspect.”
Michibata is no stranger to hard work, as it made him a standout player in the professional tennis ranks. A native of Toronto, Ont., Michibata was a three-time All-America and four-year letterwinner at Pepperdine from 1979-83.
Following his collegiate career, Michibata embarked on a professional career on the ATP Tour from 1983-93. He was a member of 14 Davis Cup teams for his native Canada, and competed in several Grand Slam events. He advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon and the French Open in doubles in 1991 and reached the doubles final of the Australian Open in 1990. In 1991, Michibata was ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles with partner Grant Connell, and had a ranking as high as No. 48 in the world in singles play. His success led to his induction into the Hall of Fame of Canadian Tennis. During his playing career, Michibata faced such opponents as Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, among others.
Such honors earned him an induction into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame in Canada in August 2010.
After his playing career, Michibata became director of tennis at the Whistler Racquet and Golf Resort in British Columbia. He organized club programs and directed special events, tournaments and camps.
In August 1995, he began a two-year professional coaching career as the personal coach for Daniel Nestor and Mark Knowles. Michibata coached Nestor and Knowles to the World Doubles Championships, where they finished the year ranked No. 4 in the world. He also assisted in scheduling practice sessions and tournaments, organizing fitness programs, scouting opponents and formulating game plans.
Michibata then took a position as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California from 1997-2000. He was responsible for on-court instruction, scheduling and scouting during his three years with the Trojans.
Michibata and his wife Angie live in West Windsor with their daughter Cori and son Matthew.