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Why BYU Men's Tennis

FACILITIES

The Cougars enjoy some of the finest tennis facilities in the country. A one million dollar renovation of the outdoor courts in 1995 gave BYU 14 fully lighted courts with full backdrops. The courts are set in banks of two or four for easy viewing. 

The four indoor courts have one of the best lighting systems in the country and cushioned chair-back seats for comfortable viewing. The facility has been the training grounds for over 30 All-Americans over the years. The indoor facility plays host to BYU home matches during the winter months and during inclement weather. 

COACHING STAFF 

Coach Pearce enters his thirteenth year as head coach for the Cougars for the 2016-17 season. Pearce was ranked No. 2 in the U.S. as a junior, was a two-time All-American at UCLA, and had a successful career on the tennis tour that included nine professional titles and a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon in 1990. Pearce was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in November 2006, the Utah Tennis Hall of Fame and the NCAA ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame in the spring of 2009. Pearce was named the MWC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011, along with Mountain Region Coach of the Year in 2010. In 2011, he was named the Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry prior to being named the 2013 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for the Mountain Region.

ATHLETIC TRAINING

BYU has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of working space that ranks among the best in the nation. It features 106 stations to accommodate both female and male athletes. 

BYU's strength and conditioning staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists. The staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest. 

UNIVERSITY 

Brigham Young University, the largest private university in the nation, has an outstanding academic reputation and a high commitment to athletics. 

ACADEMICS 

BYU has a high commitment to graduation, with a full-time Academic Advisement staff, mentor and tutor programs, and is a member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. 

EXPOSURE

Many of BYU's student athletic competitions are broadcast on BYU Television, which is available in 17 million homes nationwide via Dish Network and DirectTV and on cable in Northern Utah, Arizona and Nevada. The network is expanding throughout the world, gaining viewers in England, Europe, and Latin America. 

SCHEDULE

BYU routinely faces some of the top tennis programs in the country. In 2015, BYU competed against No. 6 ranked UCLA and No. 32 San Diego. The Cougars will face these teams once again this season, along with the tough competition in the West Coast Conference. 

2015-2016 SEASON 

Thanks to an experienced and determined roster, No. 61 BYU men’s tennis compiled its most wins in a season since 2013 with a second place West Coast Conference finish. The Cougars finished the 2015-16 season with an 18-7 overall record including a 9-1 home record – the best finish since an undefeated home mark in 2013. After being projected in the preseason standings to finish seventh, BYU defied the odds with a 7-2 WCC mark and entered the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Cougars fell short in a close 4-3 match to third seed Pepperdine in the semifinals. BYU opened the season with seven consecutive wins before a narrow defeat by Denver on the road. The Cougars haven't seen a comparable start since opening the 2010 season with eight straight wins. Three Cougars garnered All-WCC honors for their standout performances this season and one was named to the all-academic team.