James Wilson enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Texas Tech men's tennis program. He served his first two seasons under his former coach Tim Siegel and last season with Brett Masi.
The Red Raiders have registered a 60-26 record and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances during Wilson's return to his alma mater.
Texas Tech is coming off a historic 28-6 season in 2016 where the Red Raiders eclipsed the program's single-season win record, won a share of the program's first Big 12 regular season championship and appeared in the program's first championship match at the Big 12 Tournament.
The Red Raiders spent all of 2016 ranked inside the ITA's Top 20 for the first time in school history fueled by six straight weeks among the ITA's Top 10 from February 17 to March 22 after an impressive 21-2 start. Texas Tech climbed as high as a program-best No. 6 on February 23.
In total, the Red Raiders dialed up nine wins over fellow ITA Top 25 opponents highlighted by four teams who finished in the nation's Top 10 in No. 3 TCU, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Georgia and No. 10 Florida. Tech concluded the 2016 season with a program-high No. 11 ITA final ranking and also played host to the program's first NCAA Tournament matches since the 2005 season.
Texas Tech had a trio of players garner All-Big 12 singles honors for the third time in program history. Felipe Soares earned his third All-Big 12 First-Team nod, while Jolan Cailleau and Alex Sendegeya came away with All-Big 12 Second-Team honors. In doubles, Soares and Hugo Dojas picked up ITA All-American status for the second straight season. The duo won the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships and the ITA Texas Regionals titles.
The Red Raiders posted a 19-9 record in 2015 and collected a No. 19 ITA final ranking after playing in the nation's most competitive conference which saw three Big 12 teams advance to the NCAA Final Four. Texas Tech took down No. 1 Oklahoma on April 12 for the program's first win over the nation's top team and the program's first win over a Top 5 opponent since a 4-3 triumph over No. 4 Texas on April 12, 2008. The Red Raiders defeated No. 52 UC Santa Barbara for the program's first NCAA Tournament victory dating back to the 2012 season.
At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Soares became the first player in program history to advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles event. Dojas and Soares secured the program's second runner-up finish in doubles. The doubles run was sparked by a victory over Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland, the nation's No. 1 pair.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Wilson helped lead UNLV to a 10-match win improvement in 2013. The Rebels tallied a 17-7 mark and won four of their six matches inside the Mountain West conference. UNLV also notched a No. 6 ranking in the ITA Mountain Region.
Wilson began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with both the men's and women's tennis programs at Texas Tech during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He coached practice, tournaments and dual matches in addition to assisting with mental training techniques which led to Wilson's first assistant coaching job was with the women's team at the College of William and Mary in 2012. Wilson played for the Red Raiders under Siegel from 2007-09 and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. Texas Tech made three consecutive NCAA Tournament trips and vaulted into the ITA's Top 25 each season. The Red Raiders compiled a 47-28 record with Wilson on the squad.
Wilson earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas Tech in 2009 and worked towards his master's degree in exercise and sports psychology during his tenure as volunteer coach for the tennis programs. He was a member of the President's honor list, the National Scholastic Honor Society, Big 12 Honor Roll and the Commissioner's Honor Roll during his collegiate career.
Wilson played on the USTA Pro Circuit competing in Futures Tournaments following graduation. He also spent time as a tennis instructor at the Dominion Country Club and The Falls Tennis and Fit Club. During his collegiate career, Wilson was an instructor for the Future Stars Tennis Camp and at the Dominion Country Club. He is currently a USPTA Certified Professional 2.
Wilson, a native of Boerne, Texas, is engaged to Cristina Madalina Stancu.
The James Wilson File
Wilson's Year-by-Year Record as a Men's Assistant Coach