James Wilson, a previous assistant coach for the Texas Tech University men’s tennis team, has been named the head men tennis coach at Utah State University as announced by John Hartwell, the Director of Athletics at Utah State, on Friday.
“James brings great passion and an impressive pedigree as a player and coach to our program,” Hartwell said. “He has played a major role in building one of the premier tennis programs in the west and has a clear vision for what he can do at USU. We are excited to make him part of our Aggie family.”
Wilson will replace former head coach Clancy Shields, who has agreed to be the head coach of the University of Arizona Wildcats men’s tennis team.
“It’s an honor to lead the Utah State Aggies and I am extremely grateful for John Hartwell for giving me the opportunity,” Wilson said. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that USU was a special place, where the attitude and vision is about winning Mountain West Conference titles. Clancy Shields did an excellent job of building and developing a nationally ranked team. My goal is build on the success and hopefully take this team to new heights.”
Wilson spent three years as an assistant coach at Texas Tech, his alma matter, where he helped the Red Raiders post a 60-26 record and make three consecutive appearances NCAA Tournament. The Red Raiders were ranked in the ITA’s Top 20 for the 2016 season and spent six straight weeks in the Top 10.
Prior to Wilson’s three years at Texas Tech, he spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach for the UNLV men’s tennis team and prior to that was an assistant coach at the College of William & Mary for the 2011-12 season.
Wilson will lead the Aggies who finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 60 in the nation by the ITA and claimed the outright Mountain West regular season championship.