|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Diego Garavito enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke University. He was named to his position with the men’s tennis team in August, 2016.
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.