Kevin Lizzo '02, a former two-year captain and four-year member of the Saint Michael's men's tennis team, enters his 11th season at the helm of the Purple Knight men's team and third as the women's tennis head coach in 2015-16. Through 10 years, Lizzo is the winningest coach in men's program history.
A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., who now lives in Burlington, Lizzo has led his Purple Knight teams to the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament a combined six times.
In 2014-15, the women finished the fall of 2014 with an 8-5 mark, as each loss was to a regionally-ranked foe, including a narrow 5-4 loss against defending Northeast-10 Conference tournament champion Merrimack College. The Purple Knights qualified for the postseason for the 16th consecutive season, ultimately losing in the first round of the NE-10 Championship to Merrimack. They also won at least eight league contests for the 15th straight year. Among the men's tennis squad's highlights during the spring of 2015 was a 5-4 comeback victory over Franklin Pierce University after trailing by a 4-2 count.
During the 2013-14 school year, the women went 11-8 overall and 9-3 in the NE-10, posting a double-figure win total for the 15th time in 16 seasons. After knocking off regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University late in the regular season, the Purple Knights, who were ranked as high as eighth in the region during the school year, bowed out of the NE-10 Championship in the first round. On the men's side, Saint Michael's split its final four matches to conclude its 2013-14 season.
In both 2010-11 and 2011-12, the Saint Michael's men were eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the season. The Purple Knights went 6-6 overall in 2011-12, recording their highest win total in three years. The 2012-13 squad fell one NE-10 victory short of the sixth and final postseason berth, while Lizzo earned the 47th win of his coaching career on April 14, surpassing Nick Clary's former program record.
In 2008-09, Lizzo led the squad to a 7-3 record in league play, its second straight fourth-place finish in the regular-season standings, and a spot in the NE-10 Tournament.
In 2007-08, Saint Michael's was 9-8, earning its first winning season since 2000-01, while going 7-3 in NE-10 play and earning a berth in the league semifinals. The Purple Knights downed Bentley University, 5-3, during an NE-10 Tournament quarterfinal, the first quarterfinal win in program history, and the first beyond the first round of the tournament.
In 2006-07, Lizzo led the Purple Knights to eight victories, including a 6-5 record in league action, and the No. 5 seed in the NE-10 Tournament. During his debut season as a college coach, 2005-06, Saint Michael's tied for eighth in the regular-season standings, narrowly missing entry into the eight-team conference postseason tournament.
Lizzo has worked as a tennis professional at Twin Oaks Sports and Fitness in South Burlington since 2002, and in 2005 also served as a pro at the Burlington Tennis Club. Lizzo spent five summers, from 2000 to 2004, as a tennis pro at the Quarry Hill Club in South Burlington, and worked for five seasons as the varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach at Burlington High School. He has also served as a tennis instructor in his hometown, working at both the New Rochelle Racquet Club and the Beckwith Pointe Country Club.
Lizzo also competed in the 21st annual Jeff Stone Memorial Tournament, a prestigious 20-player event featuring former Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) players, held in August 2006 at the Burlington Tennis Club.
A four-year member of the Purple Knights from 1998-99 to 2001-02, Lizzo guided Saint Michael's to 28 wins, including 19 in NE-10 play, during his career. The league switched from a flighted championship to a team tournament for his sophomore year, and Lizzo helped the Purple Knights qualify for the NE-10 Tournament each of his final three seasons. The Purple and Gold won first-round matches during his sophomore and junior years to advance to the quarterfinals.
Lizzo competed primarily in No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles during his career, and served as a captain as a junior and senior. He graduated with a degree in business administration.
|2006-07||8-10||6-5||NE-10 Tournament Quarterfinal|
|2007-08||9-8||7-3||NE-10 Tournament Semifinal
Set School Record for League Wins
|2008-09||7-8||7-3||NE-10 Tournament Quarterfinal
Tied School Record for League Wins
|2009-10||4-8||4-7||NE-10 Tournament Quarterfinal|
|2012-13||4-7||3-6||Became winningest coach in program history
|2013-14||11-8||9-3||NE-10 Tournament Quarterfinal|
|2014-15||8-5||8-4||NE-10 Tournament Quarterfinal|