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Nov. 9, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Former Virginia men’s tennis All-American Huntley Montgomery has joined the Cavalier coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Montgomery, who played for the Cavaliers from 1998-01, has been playing professionally for the past four years.

“We are thrilled that Huntley has decided to join the program full time,” said head coach Brian Boland. “I believe Huntley is a really gifted coach and will add a great deal to the team. He just completed a very successful professional career and I know he will do a great job relating his experiences to the players. Huntley not only is interested in coaching but he also has the desire to give back to a program and University that means so much to him. He is a great friend and will no doubt bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge to the team. We are excited to have him become part of the program.”

Montgomery was a three-time All-ACC performer for Virginia from 1998-2001 and earned All-American honors in 2001 when he and Brian Vahaly reached the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship. During his career he posted 102 doubles victories, which still ranks first in school history, and his 90 career singles wins ranks third at UVa.

Over the past four years, Montgomery has played professionally. He was ranked as high as No. 98 in the world in doubles and No. 383 in the world in singles.

“The past four years on tour have been a wonderful experience as I’ve been lucky enough to see places all over the world and play in the tournaments I grew up watching on TV,” said Montgomery. “While I am still currently ranked in the top 100, I feel like it is time to start a new chapter in my life. To be able to return to the greatest place on earth and give back to a school that has given so much to me is truly a dream come true. My four years at UVa were more than I could have ever imagined. I was able to make lifelong friends, develop into a professional tennis player, and get a degree from one of the finest institutions in the world. To say that I cherished my time here would be a major understatement. With the `Hoos squad looking so strong, and vying for a national championship, it could be said that my return is well timed. And while the chance to be part of such a great team played into my decision, the fact that the quality of guys on the team has remained at such an extremely high level has made me even more eager to join them and help them achieve their goals.”

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