Roland Thornqvist

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Roland Thornqvist
Roland Thornqvist.jpg
Sport(s) Women's tennis
Current position
Title Head coach
Team University of Florida
Conference Southeastern Conference
Record 249–30 (.892)
Biographical details
Born (1970-03-03) March 3, 1970 (age 47)
Stockholm, Sweden
Playing career
1993–1996 University of North Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002–current University of Florida
1999–2001 University of North Carolina
1997–1998 University of Kansas
Head coaching record
Overall 324–80 (.802)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA (2003, 2011, 2012, 2017)
Southeastern Conference
(2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Southeastern Conference Tournament
(2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012)
SEC Coach of the Year (2004, 2006, 2010)
ITA National Coach of the Year (2011)

Roland Thornqvist (born March 3, 1970) is a Swedish-born American college tennis coach and former college tennis player. Thornqvist is the current head coach of the Florida Gators women's tennis team of the University of Florida. He is best known for leading the Florida Gators to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I national championships in 2003, 2011, 2012, and 2017.

Early years[edit]

Thornqvist was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970.

College career[edit]

Thornqvist attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he played for the North Carolina Tar Heels men's tennis team from 1990 to 1993. He was recognized as a three-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and a first-team All-American in 1993.[1] Thornqvist graduated from North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1996.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Thornqviust was the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks women's tennis team at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas in 1997 and 1998. From 1999 to 2001, he was the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels women's tennis team at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina.[1]

In 2002, Thornqvist became the head coach of the Florida Gators women's tennis program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Since then, Thornqvist has been one of the top college tennis coaches in the country. He has compiled a record of 249–30 overall at the University of Florida, and has an overall coaching record of 324–80. His teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament every year since he has been the head coach of the Gators. In 2003, 2011, 2012 and 2017, the Gators women's tennis team won the NCAA Division I National Championship.[1] Thornqvist's Lady Gators have also finished second in the NCAA tournament in 2002 and 2010.[1]

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) named Thornqvist as its national Coach of the Year in 2011.[2]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e, Women's Tennis coaching & Support Staff, Roland Thornqvist. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Roland Thornqvist Named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year," (June 8, 2011). Retrieved June 16, 2011.