Men's Tennis Coaching Staff
Ed Paige
Coordinator of Tennis Operations
Coach Info:
Position: Coordinator of Tennis Operations
Phone: 203-254-4000 ext. 2346
Email: epaige@fairfield.edu

Ed Paige has just completed his seventh season at the helm of the men's and women's tennis program.

For the fifth straight season, Paige has led the women's tennis program to a regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title.  The women went 6-1 in conference play and earned a number of All-MAAC First and Second team honors, including three-time MAAC Player of the Year, Monica Yajima.  The men's team finished second in the MAAC with a 5-1 record.  Both programs dropped to Marist College in the MAAC Championship, placing second at the tournament.  On the men's side, four Stags earned first team honors including George Tioutine at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles with Erik Kremheller.  Duo Cameron Amyot and Ian Tesmond were also placed on the first team, while Tesmond and Ofir Solomon earned second team accolades.  

In 2012, head coach Paige led both the men's and women's tennis teams to first place finishes in the MAAC Championships.  The women's team captured both their third league title and third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, finishing with a 14-7 record on the season.  The Stags went 6-0 in conference play and garnered a number of All-MAAC honors including Player of the Year, Yajima, her second in as many years.  The men's team clinched their first-ever NCAA Appearance and their first conference title since the 1997-98 season.  Finishing with a 16-5 overall record, the Stags swept the All-MAAC First Team Doubles awards, while both Ian Tesmond and Joe Michalisin were placed on the All-MAAC First Team for singles.

In 2011, Paige led both the men's and women's tennis teams to second place finishes at the MAAC.  The women's team finished the season with a 13-8 overall record and went 6-0 in the league to capture the MAAC regular season title.  The young squad garnered a number of first and second team All-MAAC honors including Player of the Year, Monica Yajima.  On the men's side, Paige led the Stags to a 13-9 overall finish and a 5-1 regular season finish.  Joe Michalisin and Erik Kremheller earned first team All-MAAC honors for No. 1 doubles while many other Stags were named to the All-MAAC second team.

In 2010, Paige led the women's tennis team to its second-consecutive MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The women's team finished the season with a 19-6 overall record, tying the program standard, and went 7-0 in the league to capture the MAAC Regular Season title. The men's team, meanwhile, finished the season at 14-9 overall, 5-1 in the MAAC, and advanced to the finals of the MAAC Championship for the third-straight year. He mentored numerous All-MAAC honorees, including MAAC Men's Player of the Year, Joe Michalisin.

In 2009, under Paige's tutelage, the men's team set the program record for wins in a season (18), earned a MAAC Regular Season title, and advanced to the MAAC Championship final second time in as many season. The women's team won six of the last seven matches en route its first MAAC Championship since 2003-04 and faced seventh-seeded USC in the NCAA Tournament. Paige was named the MAAC Coach of the Year and guided numerous All-MAAC honorees, including Men's Rookie and Player of the Year Joe Michalisin and women's Co-Player of the Year Paulina Rys.

In 2008, Paige was named the MAAC Coach of the Year after leading both the men's and the women's teams to second-place finishes at the MAAC Championships. Paige also coached five All-MAAC selections in 2007-08, including Co-Rookie of the Year and second team pick  Rob Ferrante, first team selection Chip Palumbo, the second-team men's doubles tandem of Palumbo and Balazs Szikla, and the second team women's doubles duo of sophomores Dana Postupack and Rys. 

In his first season, he guided the men's team to a 13-10 overall record to set the program record for wins in a season. The men concluded the season with a fourth place finish at the 2007 MAAC Championships. On the women's side, the Stags battled through injuries throughout much of the year, going 9-12-1 and tying for fifth place at the MAAC Championships.

Paige, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Stags before accepting the position as head coach, has been involved in tennis as a player, coach and writer for nearly 30 years.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Paige has coached extensively at the youth level. He spent two years as the Director of Junior Tennis in the town of Fairfield, and was also an assistant coach for the boy's junior varsity tennis team at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Conn.

Paige spent six years as an editor at World Tennis Magazine and was the editor of Tennis USA, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) official monthly newspaper. From there Paige worked at some of the top publishing companies in the country, including Paragon House, while teaching feature writing and copy editing at New York University. More recently, Paige spent two years as an editor at The Advocate, Stamford's daily newspaper followed by three years as managing editor of Westport Magazine before turning his attention to tennis full time.

Paige earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and attended the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College in 1976 and 1977.