Now in his eighth season as head coach of the Tufts University men's tennis team, Karl Gregor directs a Jumbo program that is on the rise.
In the spring 2021, Coach Gregor's Jumbos competed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) final for the first time and battled Williams College to the wire in a 5-4 loss. The Jumbos finished with a #12 final national ranking. Jumbos Josh Belandres, Isaac Gorelik and Boris Sorkin were all named as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III All-Americans.
Sorkin advanced to the 2021 NCAA Singles final and finished as the runner-up and earned the #2 national singles ranking for the year. Gorelik earned his All-American honor with a round of 32 victory in the NCAA singles tournament and a #15 final ranking for singles. Belandres and Sorkin were seeded second in the NCAA Doubles bracket and received a #6 final ranking for the 2021 season. Sorkin was also the NESCAC Co-Player of the Year and the ITA Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year.
In the fall of 2019, Sorkin captured his second straight ITA Cup singles national championship and second straight ITA New England singles title. He was recruited to Tufts from Saint Petersburg, Russia by Coach Gregor. The Jumbo roster also includes 2020 ITA Rookie of the Year Rishabh Sharda. Sorkin, Gorelik and Sharda were all ranked among the ITA’s top 40 players nationally for 2020, and the Sorkin-Belandres doubles duo was seventh nationally.
The student-athletes brought to Tufts by Coach Gregor and his staff also excel academically and for sportsmanship. In 2021, both Sorkin and Gorelik earned Academic All-America® honors selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Gorelik won the Elite 90 Award for the 2021 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Sorkin was the recipient of the prestigious Arthur Ashe Award for the Northeast Region from the ITA in 2020, for exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as for his scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements that embodied the legacy of tennis icon and humanitarian Arthur Ashe Jr.
Gregor was promoted to interim head coach of Tufts University Men's Tennis in 2014-15, then was named head coach of the Jumbos in August 2015. He had been an assistant coach at Tufts since 2011 and received the ITA Northeast Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2013.
As the interim coach in 2014-15, he was at the helm of a Jumbo team that at the time earned its highest seed ever in the NESCAC Championship (fourth). Tufts then earned the fifth seed in the conference tournament for 2016 and moved up to a #13 national ranking.
A 1997 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Gregor was captain of the men’s tennis team and played #1 singles at Air Force. After graduation, he served in the Air Force for four years. He also played one year on the ATP Pro Tennis Circuit in 2002.
Gregor earned his master’s degree in finance at Bentley College in 2002. Prior to coming to Tufts, his collegiate tennis coaching experience included stints at the Air Force Academy, Boston University and Harvard.