NORMAN, Okla.-- The University of Oklahoma men's tennis Head Coach Paul Lockwood picked up his 300th career victory (300-185) against Texas Tech (4-3) Thursday, April 26. A former OU standout in the 70s, Lockwood returned to his alma matter and has been with the Sooners for two decades.
Since taking over the men’s tennis program in 1987, Lockwood has maintained the Sooner tradition of excellence on and off the tennis courts for two decades. His efforts have not gone unnoticed by his peers as he was selected as the conference Head Coach of the Year twice during his tenure.
In 1999, Lockwood’s team earned its first trip to the National Indoor Team Championship. It had been 22 years since that feat had been accomplished -- the last time when Lockwood was an assistant coach at OU in 1977.
In 2007 Lockwood has led a young team to an impressive season. The Sooners have snapped several decade-long streaks. Earlier this season, Oklahoma broke into the top 25 for the first time in fifteen years after upsetting three nationally ranked teams and defeatied Texas A&M for the first time since 1997.
Lockwood served as an assistant at OU to Jerry Keen in 1977 before becoming the head coach at the University of Tulsa in 1978. Following a year with the Golden Hurricane, Lockwood toured the United States as a touring professional for two years, participating in the 1979 U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. He earned a world ranking in both singles and doubles.
Lockwood is married to the former Debra Griffeth of Oklahoma City. They have two daughters, Lauren (22) and Allison (15).