Gifted would best describe Alberto Diaz. On the tennis court, Alberto was explosive yet versatile. His playing style was that of modern day tennis players. He literally attacked every ball.
“Bert” or “Berto,” as he affectionately is called, is originally from the Dominican Republic. He received his secondary education at The McDonogh School in Baltimore and came to play for Coach Fred Wyman in 1990.
As a freshman, Alberto gave notice that he was going to be a superstar. He jumped into a starting lineup that included three All-Americans and posted a phenomenal 29-7 record.
The infamous sophomore jinx did not hex Diaz. Quite the contrary, as he earned the first of his three trips to the NCAA national tournament by racking up 34 victories versus only nine defeats. This record locked in his election as the team’s 1991 most improved player.
Despite increased date limitations and sitting out the fall of 1991, Diaz eclipsed the coveted 100-win plateau. His 24 wins and 14 victories in his junior and senior years, respectively, put him in The Century Club, an elite group that includes only six other players in Washington College tennis history.
Equally proficient in singles and doubles, Diaz earned All-America honors twice in singles and once in doubles. He won the Middle Atlantic Conference singles championship in 1991, defeating teammate and doubles partner Trevor Hurd. A year later the tandem of Diaz and Andrew Moffatt captured the MAC doubles crown. At the conclusion of his senior year, Diaz held a ranking of 16th in the nation in singles and third in doubles with Hurd.
While achieving many individual accolades, Diaz led his team to four consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference team championships and national ranking of fourth, sixth and ninth. The team’s overall record was 74-17, which included three 20-win seasons.
Diaz was his team’s most valuable player twice and team captain his senior year. Upon graduation he was presented the Eldridge Eliason Award.
Diaz is married to Nadia Hansel. They have three children: Andreas, Natalie and Sophia. He received his master’s degree in business administration in 1977 from Thunderbird, The School of International Management, in Glendale, Arizona. Diaz is currently the director of global coal trading with Électricité de France and resides in Baltimore.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Alberto Diaz into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this tenth day of October, 2009.