|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Diego Garavito joined the Duke men's tennis staff in August, 2016 and serves as the volunteer assistant coach.
His second year with the Blue Devils resulted in a second straight NCAA Team Championship appearance and the program’s first trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship since 2015. Garavito excelled with his work on the third doubles court as Duke posted a .692 winning percentage there, its highest on court three since 2014.
Garavito also aided in the singles lineup, primarily on courts four through six. His work on court five produced a 5-0 record with sophomore Robert Levine and a 5-2 ledger with freshman Sean Sculley. Levine won six consecutive ACC matches from March 25-April 15 while Sculley won his first three singles dual matches, either helping Duke take the lead in the overall match or even the score.
During his first year, Garavito helped the Blue Devils back to the NCAA Team Championship after missing the field in 2016. Garavito worked with the doubles tandem of Jason Lapidus and Ryan Dickerson as the duo played to a 10-8 record and 5-6 mark in ACC competition.
Garavito was a key part of Duke practices, aiding in hitting sessions throughout the season as well as his work with doubles.
Garavito joined Duke after graduating from Bethune-Cookman with a bachelor of arts in May of 2016 with a concentration on international business/business administration/finance.
The Colombia native was a student volunteer assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman, assisting the head coach in daily duties on and off the court. Garavito was responsible for organizing and running practices for both the men’s and women’s teams. Given his wide network and contacts around the world, he was placed in charge of international recruiting.
During the 2016 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach, Garavito helped guide Bethune-Cookman to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular season championship. A year earlier, he was an All-MEAC Second Team honoree and set the all-time singles victories record at the school. He was the recipient of the Leader and Encourager Award for the squad in both 2014 and 2015.
Prior to his time at Bethune-Cookman, he was the top-ranked player in Colombia, participated in multiple Futures events and visited 15 countries around the world while playing ITF tournaments.
Garavito was a summer teaching professional at the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy for two summers, assisting and supporting the academy director on scheduling activities for summer camps. Garavito worked directly with the junior groups, as well as singles and doubles clinics, and provided private lessons scheduled by the academy.