NORMAN, Okla.— The University of Oklahoma men’s tennis head coach John Roddick has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year, the ITA announced Tuesday.
This season, Roddick and his squad earned their second Big 12 Conference regular season championship, first ITA No. 1 team ranking and the program's highest overall seed of number two for the NCAA Team Championships.
After a thrilling victory over UCLA on Monday night, the Sooners advanced to their first ever NCAA Championship appearance. Regardless of its result in the NCAA Championship, Oklahoma will set the program record for single-season winning percentage. The Sooners are currently 28-3, giving them a season win percentage of .903.
In five seasons, Roddick has coached five ITA All-Americans, 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 and two Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Performers.
After defeating Harvard in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Roddick earned his 100th win as the head coach of the Sooners and boasts a .774 win percentage.
Roddick’s squad will take on the top-seeded USC Trojans in the quest for their first national title tonight at 4 p.m. CT. The match can be viewed live at NCAA.com.