In his 20th season as the head coach at Texas Tech, Tim Siegel has turned the Red Raider Tennis program into a perennial contender -- both the Big 12 Conference and the nation.
A two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year recipient, Siegel has compiled a 283-210 record at Tech, while leading the Red Raiders to the NCAA Championships 11 times in his tenure. Along with his success on the courts, the Red Raiders have maintained a team GPA above 3.0 in each season since 1999, earning numerous academic honors in the process.
In 2011, Texas Tech advanced to its fifth straight postseason appearance as the Red Raiders finished the year with a 17-10 record and a No. 22 national ranking. He led the Red Raiders to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and saw Raony Carvalho named the 2012 Texas Region Player to Watch. Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar earned All-Big 12 singles honors, while Carvalho teamed with Rafael Garcia for All-Big 12 doubles honors.
The 2010 season was an exciting year for Siegel and the Red Raiders, as Texas Tech recorded the second most wins in the Siegel era (22), and had a year-end ranking of 15th in the country. Tech was the only school to have three players named All-Big 12 singles as Carvalho, Gonzalo Escobar and Rafael Garcia all graced the list. Carvalho and Garcia were also selected All-Big 12 doubles. The trio competed in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships as Carvalho and Escobar played in the singles draw and Carvalho and Garcia played doubles.
The Red Raiders advanced to postseason play in 2009 as they finished with a 13-12 record and finished ranked 39th in the country. Carvalho and Christian Rojmar competed in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship as Carvalho played in singles and teamed with Rojmar to compete in doubles action. Carvalho was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and ITA Rookie Player of the Year for the South Central region.
The Red Raiders advanced to the postseason for the second-consecutive year in 2008, going 20-6 overall and finishing the season as the No. 20-ranked team in the nation. Tech was edged in the second round of the NCAA Championships to Michigan. Following the season, Siegel was named the Big 12's Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
With all his successes in his career, possibly Siegel's top accomplishment may be the development of former Red Raider Bojan Szumanski, who completed his four-year career in 2008 as the Tech all-time career singles and doubles wins leader. A three-time All-Big 12 singles and doubles recipient, Szumanski finished with 90 singles victories, while leading the Red Raiders to NCAA Championships berths in each of the past three seasons.
The Red Raiders have compiled a 107-49 overall record over the past six seasons, which included Tech's first trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships in 2005 in what could be Tech's best season under Siegel to date. Tech's 2005 campaign earned Siegel his first Big 12 Coach of the Year honor as well as Co-Region Coach of the Year accolades.
A native of New Orleans, Siegel played tennis collegiately at the University of Arkansas, where he also earned a degree in journalism in 1986. During his four-year career, Siegel was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Southwest Conference singles champion.
Following his time as a Razorback, Siegel went on to play professionally and reached a top 100 world ranking in doubles with teammate Jimmy Arias. The duo reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Clay Court Championships and was a semifinalists in Brisbane, Bologna and Florance. Siegel also reached the third round of doubles at the U.S. Open, Australian Open and the second round of Wimbledon. Siegel's professional tenure included wins over John Lloyd-Paul NcNamee, Ivan Lendl-Bill Scanion, and Yannick Noah-Paul Annacone.
After completing eligibility at Arkansas, Siegel began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Razorbacks, while he continued to play professionally. Siegel received his first head coaching position at SMU in 1990, leading the women's tennis program while also serving an assistant coach for the men's squad. In his two seasons, Siegel led the Lady Mustangs to a 28-23 record. Siegel has also worked as a coach on the professional level, guiding top players such as Joey Rive, Robert Seguso and Richey Reneberg.
Siegel and his wife, Jenny, have four children, daughters Alex, Kate, and Ellie, and son, Luke. Alex is a student in the nursing program at Texas Tech University. In addition to coaching, Siegel's favorite hobby is being a dad to his four children. When he is not found at the courts, he spends his time with his loving wife and amazing kids.