Peter Burling has served as the head men’s tennis coach since 1991 and the women’s tennis coach since 2000. Since his arrival Burling has helped the Big Red tennis programs rise among the elite in Division III Tennis. A multi-time national Coach of the Year and North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Burling is one a select number of college tennis coaches with over 600 career victories.
In 2008 Burling and the Big Red women broke through with an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals that resulted in a third-place national finish. The team posted a 22-4 record that season. In addition, after the conclusion of the team championship, the duo of Marta Drane and Kristin Cobb finished as the national runner-up in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship. In 2004 Burling received the ITA National Coach of the Year award and the following season the USPTA honored Burling as its National Coach of the Year. Two players, Meridith Sulser in 2005 and Cobb in 2011, were honored by the ITA with its prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award. In 2009 Meghan Damico received the ITA Senior Player of the Year award.
At the conference level, the women’s program has won more conference championships than any other program since the creation of the NCAC in 1984. As the coach of the men’s team since 1991, Burling and the Big Red have won over 300 matches. Six players have been named the conference’s Player of the Year and Burling has won NCAC Men’s Coach of the Year on seven occasions. Eleven players, most recently Tom Cawood in 2012, have earned All-America honors under Burling. A native of Orleans, Mass., Burling has been a USPTA Level I Professional for nearly 40 years and currently resides in Granville with his wife Patricia. He has two sons, Scott and Colin.