Steve Gorno has raised the Hope College men's tennis program to a new level
of excellence. The 2013 Flying Dutchmen were co-champions of the Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
Coach Gorno's teams over 21 seasons have posted a 254-186 record in dual matches. Coach Gorno has guided the Flying Dutchmen to MIAA championships twice (2003 and 2013).
Under coach Gorno, Hope has enjoyed unprecedented
success, both on and off the court. In addition to the conference
championships, he guided the Flying Dutchmen to appearances in the
NCAA Division III regionals in 1996 and 1997. His teams have also consistently
topped the 10-win plateau, with the
2000 squad setting the single-season won-loss record with a mark of 19-5. The 2013 team posted a 16-5 dual match record.
In addition to their athletic success, Hope players have maintained a
cumulative 3.2 GPA and earned ITA Academic All-American status as a team
for nine straight years (thru 2011-12 school year). The Dutchmen have had 18 individual national academic scholars
over this span (thru 2011-12 school year).
A testimony to Gorno's approach to coaching has been the number of times his
players have received the MIAA's Stowe Sportsmanship Award. In 20 seasons,
the award has gone to a Hope player 13 times (thru 2013).
Gorno was a tennis standout at Holland High School. He attended the University of Michigan for two years before finishing his collegiate career at Hope playing third singles and first doubles.
He is a certified professional by the United States Professional Tennis Registry. He is employed by Johnson Controls, Inc in Holland.