Vincent “Boomer” Saia joined Oklahoma as an assistant women's tennis coach in the summer of 2014.
"I am beyond excited to be a part of the OU women's tennis team,” Saia said. “My dad grew up a big OU fan and nicknamed me "Boomer" and it stuck. To be able to coach at a place that I was nicknamed after is a dream realized.
“OU's facilities are some of the best in the country and I want to thank Coach Mullins for giving me the opportunity to coach and be a part of such an unbelievable program."
Saia joins the Sooners from Lawrence, Kan., where he was the volunteer assistant coach for the Kansas women’s tennis team the past four years.
"I was fortunate to have a lot of interest from a number of great candidates around the country for my assistant position, but there is no doubt that Boomer is the best person for the job,” said women's tennis head coach David Mullins. “He is primed to have a long and successful coaching career due to his work ethic and his strong desire to help student-athletes achieve their goals."
Originally from Arkansas City, Kan., Saia was a two-time state doubles champion. He attended Cowley Junior College where he was an academic all-American and a doubles semifinalist at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2009.
“His passion and energy for college tennis and the University of Oklahoma is contagious,” Mullins added. “I have no doubt he can continue to help our team climb to new heights.”
During his four years at Kansas, Saia saw the team reach a program high ranking when the team reached No. 33 in the ITA polls.
"I am obviously very saddened to lose Cristina as an associate head coach but I am thrilled that she has now put herself in position to be considered for a number of prestigious head coaching positions,” Mullins said. “Cristina is a great coach who has meant a great deal to our student-athletes, the University of Oklahoma athletic department and me. We were all very fortunate to learn from her both on and off the court."
Saia received his Bachelor of Science degree in sports management with a minor in business from the University of Kansas. He also earned his masters of education with emphasis in sports administration from the University of Kansas.