Center of Excellence: UT Men’s Tennis Coach and His Impact on the Program

It’s no secret that The University of Texas Men’s Tennis program is a solid one. With consistently ranked seasons and appearances in the NCAA Championships, it’s easy to forget that things weren’t always this way. So what is the teams secret? Is it a star player or a catchy motto? No, the secret to this team’s excellence lies in a simple concept; good coaching. Coach Michael Center holds a 324-121 record in his time with UT and has led his team to 16 straight NCAA Championship appearances in the last 16 seasons he’s been head coach. In 2006, the Longhorns reached their highest national ranking (No. 3) under Coach Center. Since his arrival in 2000, 15 of Coach Center’s players have received 27 ITA All-American Honors. With such high praise simply coming from statistics, it’s hard to miss the fact that Coach Center has been doing something incredible with his team to lead them to this level of excellence. Coach, if you’re reading this, keep doing whatever it is you’re doing. Hook ’em!


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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