May 9, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Dan Forcella
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF men’s tennis team has signed Tyler Pate to a national letter of intent for the 2014-15 season, head coach Bobby Cashman announced on Friday afternoon.
Pate is a native of Lake Alfred, Fla., and played for Coach Eric Garcia at the All Saints Academy. He led All Saints to the state title match in both 2013 and 2014, and was the FHSAA state doubles champion in 2013.
“I’m really excited about being a part of the UCF family,” Pate said. “They are a really strong team and I’m looking forward to helping out to the best of my ability. Coach Cashman is a great coach and I feel like I have a lot to learn at UCF, so I’m excited.”
Also training at Galindo Tennis Academy USA, Pate has been ranked as high as 19th in the state of Florida and 97th nationally.
“I am very energetic in a team atmosphere and that is one reason I am excited to come to UCF,” Pate said. “I want to pour energy and passion into the team so that collectively we can all become better.
“I am looking forward to learning everything there is from the older players and the coaches to take my game to the next level,” Pate went on to say. “I will be working extra hard this summer to prepare for the fall season.”
Pate joins a UCF squad that finished 12-9 during this past spring. The Knights return First Team All-Conference selection Francesc Aulina and The American Freshman of the Year Inaki Espindola.