6th Season | 126-34 (.787)
OU Coaching Staff
John Roddick transformed Sooner tennis.
In his fifth season as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma, Roddick shined the national spotlight on the Sooners and built his program into a powerhouse on the court and in the classroom.
A three-time Big 12 Conference and two-time ITA Central Region Coach of the Year, Roddick rejuvenated the OU tennis infrastructure by tackling paramount goals instantly upon his arrival and improving with every successive season.
Under his watch, the Sooners earned their first Big 12 Conference title (2012), first ITA No. 1 team weekly rating (2014) and the program’s highest overall seed (No. 2 in 2014) for the NCAA Division I Team Championships. Roddick recruited and refined the world’s top junior talent, producing award-winning graduate after graduate.
The numbers tell the story. In five seasons at Oklahoma, Roddick has coached:
• Five ITA All-Americans
• Eight ITA Scholar-Athletes
• 29 All-Big 12 Team selections
• 12 Academic All-Big 12 Team members
• 14 Big 12 Conference position champions
• Two ITA Men’s Central Region Seniors of the Year
• Two ITA Men’s Central Region Rookies of the Year
• Two ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award Region Winners
• Two Big 12 Players of the Year
• Four Big 12 Freshmen of the Year
• One Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
• Two Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Performers
(as of May 6, 2014)
And the list continues to grow.
Oklahoma men’s tennis is in the prime of its existence. In 2010, Roddick’s first season, the Sooners reached the NCAA Championship Elite Eight for the first time and the doubles duo of Andrei Daescu and Costin Paval advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships, becoming Oklahoma’s first All-America selections in more than two decades.
In 2011, the Sooners claimed a spot in the 64-team NCAA Championship bracket in back-to-back season for just the second time in the program’s history. OU introduced Big 12 Freshman of the Year Peerakit Siributwong to its lineup while senior Ionut Beleleu earned ITA Men’s Central Region Senior of the Year, a spot on the All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 teams, and ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sports Award region honors.
Oklahoma dominated the Big 12 in 2012, completing the regular season undefeated to claim its first conference title since 1992. The Sooners then swept through the conference tournament for another trophy. Roddick was named Big 12 and ITA Central Region Coach of the Year. Paval was named Big 12 Player of the Year and Dane Webb earned most outstanding performer of the Big 12 Championship. Paval and Webb teamed for All-America honors as doubles tandem, All-Big 12 selections and Big 12 position championships in singles and doubles.
The Sooners repeated as Big 12 Tournament Champions in 2013, this time winning on their home court at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, celebrating where one of the top teams in collegiate tennis built its foundation. Roddick repeated as Big 12 Coach of the Year. Paval repeated as Big 12 Player of the Year and captured ITA Central Region Senior of the Year honors. Guillermo Alcorta took most outstanding performer honors from the Big 12 Tournament and Axel Alvarez was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year. The trio plus Webb were named to All-Big 12 singles and doubles teams. Paval, Siributwong, Webb and Ryan Proctor were selected as both Academic All-Big 12 members and ITA Scholar-Athletes.
In 2014, the Sooners celebrated the best season in program history. The Sooners racked up 27 wins in dual matches, including 20 in the regular season, and claimed the programs first ever No. 1 overall ranking. Oklahoma won the Big 12 regular season title and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 overall seed. Coach Roddick led his team all the way to the championship match, winning five matches along the way. The team fell to USC in the championship, but claimed a program-best runner-up finish. Roddick was named the 2014 Big 12 Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year and also took home the 2014 ITA National Coach of the Year award. The historic season saw three Sooners (Guillermo Alcorta, Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb) take home All-America honors. OU now boasts five All-Americans, four of which have come under Roddick's tutelage. The Sooners won six Big 12 position titles and Andrew Harris won Big 12 Freshman of the Year Honors, the fourth time a Sooner has claimed the award during Roddick's tenure. For the second consecutive season, three Sooners were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Roddick and his brothers, Lawrence and Andy, grew into promising players. John earned All-America honors four times as a student-athlete at the University of Georgia and was named the UGA Athlete of the Year in 1998. He proved his prowess in the classroom as well, earning three SEC All-Academic Team selections.
A top junior, Roddick qualified for the 1993 and 1994 U.S. National Teams as his player rating soared as high as No. 6 in the world in singles and No. 3 in doubles.
Roddick entered the coaching realm when he signed as an assistant at Florida State for the 1999-2000 season. He then returned to his alma mater for a two-year stint in which the Bulldogs captured the 2001 NCAA team title and finished as runners-up in 2002.
Until 2009, Roddick served as director of Roddick Total Tennis, a high-performance boarding academy in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. He also mentored top touring professionals, including his brother, Mardy Fish, and Uladzimir Ignatik.
Roddick's academy was a hotbed for top talent. Marquee players at the academy included Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt, who played for Roddick's alma mater Georgia, Kellen Damico for Texas and Uladzimir Ignatic of Belarus, who became the top junior in the world, 2007 French Open boys’ champ and Wimbeldon runner-up.
In 2006, and again in 2008, Roddick served as Team Captain for the United States' World Team Cup squad. He also coached his brother to unparalleled success on the ATP Tour as Andy defeated the top three players in the world in a six-week span.