Columbia honours Assam born Bid Goswami

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Assam’s son of the soil Bid Goswami aka Bidyut Kumar Goswami, Columbia men’s tennis head coach, will retire at the end of the 2019 season and the Columbia University has named the position after him for his glorious records.

Bidyut K Goswami, who represented India in the Tehran Asiad in 1974 and was the national singles champion in 1979. During his time as head coach for men’s tennis, Goswami has led the university’s Lions team to six Ivy League titles.

Goswami hails from Assam, from a family of lawyers. He began his tennis at the Nehru Stadium Tennis Complex in Guwahati, before moving on to South Club, Kolkata.

Goswami’s career spanned 37 seasons and saw an impressive number of successes. Since he took the helm in 1982, Goswami has led the men’s tennis team to 13 Ivy League championships, including five consecutive titles since 2014. He has also amassed the most wins among all head coaches who have served in the program, with a record of 493-196.

Other highlights on Goswami’s lengthy list of accomplishments include leading Columbia to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, coaching three players who received All-American honors, and being named the first-ever Ivy League Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

In honor of his legacy at Columbia, the head coaching position will officially be renamed the Bidyut K. Goswami Head Coach of Men’s Tennis following his retirement.

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