Rider Great Torres Retires
Hall of Fame Player, Long Time Coach
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Ed Torres, the head coach of the Rider University men’s and women’s tennis teams for the past 19 years, announced his retirement at the team banquet Thursday.
“It has been an honor for me to coach the men's and women's tennis teams at Rider for the past 19 years,” said Torres, a member of the Rider Athletics Hall of Fame as a player in the 1950s. “I have made many new friends that I will miss immensely upon my retirement. Mostly I will miss being associated with all of the fine young men and women who played for me the past 19 years. I am very proud of all of them and wish them all much success in life and happiness.”
Torres returned to his alma mater in the fall of 1995 to take over the head coaching duties of the Rider tennis teams, and in the spring of 2005 was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as well as the Rider University Coach of the Year.
“Ed Torres has meant so much to the Rider tennis program for a long period of time, both as a player and as a coach,” said Don Harnum, Rider Director of Athletics. “He is a first class individual who always ran the tennis program with the utmost integrity and with the best interests of the student-athletes at the forefront. He will be missed, but will always remain an integral part of the Rider Athletic Family.”
In 19 years Torres compiled 224 victories at Rider.
Since coming to Rider, Torres has restored Rider tennis to the high level of play it was known for in the 1950s and 1960s. For the first time under Torres the men’s and women’s teams began competing both in the fall and the spring.
In 2005 the Rider women advanced to the MAAC semi-finals for the first time ever. In 2006 Torres coached Rider’s first First Team All-MAAC tennis player.
Torres retired in 1994 from the Neptune Middle School after 35 years, where he served as a Spanish teacher and the last 20 years as vice-principal, and also served three years as the tennis coach.
He has also worked at Fairway Mews in Spring Lake Heights as a tennis instructor. Torres has worked as tennis pro at the Ocean Beach Club, the Monmouth Beach Club and the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club.
As a player at Rider Torres compiled a record of 43-1 as Rider’s number one singles player in the 1950s.
More recently, Torres won a gold medal in the 2008 New Jersey Senior Olympic Games. In nine years of New Jersey Senior Olympic play, Torres won 15 gold and three silver medals. In 2006 Torres won a gold medal in doubles and a silver medal in singles at the New Jersey Senior Olympic Games in the 70 to 74 age bracket, held in Atlantic City.
In 1995 Torres was ranked first in New Jersey in the men’s 55 years old and over division, and second in the Middle States Tennis Association in the men’s 60 years and older division. In 1996 Torres won a gold medal in singles at the National Senior Games in the 60-65 year old category in Tucson, Arizona.
Rider will begin a search to replace Torres immediately.