|Todd Petty Career Record
The one thing synonymous with the resurgence of Lady Raider Tennis is head coach Todd Petty. Since his arrival at Texas Tech University, the Lady Raiders have not only become a team to contend with in the Big 12 Conference, but a contender on the national level as well.
Entering the spring of 2015, the seventh-year head coach has led Texas Tech to a pair of Big 12 titles in 2012 and 2013, as well as three straight trips to the NCAA Championships, something no other Lady Raider coach had ever done in tennis.
Petty, who garnered Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012, has turned Texas Tech's McLeod Tennis Center into a home-court advantage. Prior to his arrival, the Lady Raiders went 39-39 (50.0 percent) at the McLeod. Since Petty became head coach, Texas Tech is 48-12 (80.0 percent). Even more impressive, Petty's squads have gone 36-4 (90.0 percent) at the McLeod over the last four seasons.
In his first six seasons, Petty has quickly climbed the Texas Tech coaching victories list to No. 2 all-time. The San Angelo, Texas, native is 95-56 (62.9 percent) in six seasons. Both marks are second only to Harrison "Mickey" Bowes, who went 156-89 (63.7 percent) in 10 seasons from 1979-89.
During his time here, Petty has produced 24 Academic All-Big 12 selections, 10 Big 12 position champions, six All-Big 12 Doubles recipients and five All-Big 12 Singles honorees, as well as 23 ITA Scholar-Athletes and six straight ITA All-Academic Teams. For three straight seasons, he has produced the highest APR program at Texas Tech and was honored by the NCAA for his efforts in the classroom. Petty won 2012 ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year honors, while Samantha Adams was honored by the ITA as the 2011 Texas Region Rookie of the Year and 2012 ITA Texas Region Player To Watch.
The doubles tandem of Adams and Kenna Kilgo, both Petty recruits, are the most decorated squad in Texas Tech history. The duo has appeared in two straight NCAA Doubles Championships.
Since his arrival, Petty has elevated the Lady Raider recruiting efforts. In his seven years, he has signed nine five-star recruits, including two blue chip recruits. He has had Top 20 recruiting classes in 2010 (No. 19), 2013 (No. 16), 2014 (No. 14) and 2015 (No. 19).
Besides bringing in some of the top American talent, Petty has also been able to recruit internationally. He has landed two top 100 players in the world and six of his eight international recruits have been ranked in the top 500 in the world. His eight international recruits hale from seven countries on five continents.
After serving as the interim head coach for the 2008-09 season, Petty was elevated to the position permanently in April, 2009. In his first season, he led the Lady Raiders to a 10-14 season, including a 4-7 mark in the Big 12 Conference, earning a seventh place finish in the league. The Lady Raiders finished ranked No. 73 in the final ITA Top 75 Poll. Texas Tech earned its first-ever Top 25 win, as the Lady Raiders stunned No. 21 TCU, 4-3.
In 2010, Petty's Lady Raiders improved to 11-12 and finished sixth in the Big 12. But the turning point for the program came in 2011, when Texas Tech finished the season 18-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big 12. It was the most wins for the school since 1987, when the Lady Raiders won 20 matches. The seven conference wins tied a school record for league victories, as Texas Tech began its home-court dominance after recording a 10-1 record at the McLeod Tennis Center.
The Lady Raiders finished the season with a then school-record No. 48 national ranking in the ITA Top 75 final poll and just missed a trip to the NCAA Championships. The newly named Big 12 Coach of the Year led the team to its best record in 23 years. The team went 4-8 against rank opponents, including a 4-3 upset of No. 23 Texas, snapping a 38-match losing streak to the Longhorns.
With three seasons under his belt, Petty's Lady Raiders took the next step, as Texas Tech began the season with its highest ranking ever — No. 46. The Lady Raiders began the season 7-1 and jumped up to No. 32 nationally after upsetting No. 23 Ole Miss. Then came the biggest upset in program history, as Tech upended No. 12 Baylor, 4-3, vaulting the Lady Raiders to No. 17 in the poll. Texas Tech finished the season as Big 12 Champions after an 8-1 league mark, earning a trip to the 2012 NCAA Championships in Coral Gables, Fla. But for the second time that season, The Lady Raiders (19-6) were not able to get by No. 37 Utah, falling 4-3 in the first round.
With a Big 12 trophy in tow, Texas Tech was picked third in 2013, but managed to silence the doubters, as Petty's squad began the preseason ranked No. 21, eclipsing the No. 46 Tech started the season with one year earlier. The Lady Raiders barreled through a daunting non-conference schedule with a 9-4 mark, including going 6-4 against ranked teams. Texas Tech then rattled off nine straight wins, including a 5-0 mark against ITA Top 50 squads.
Texas Tech reached as high as No. 15 nationally in the polls, earning its second straight 8-1 league mark and another Big 12 title. Their efforts solidified the Lady Raiders' first-ever hosting of the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships. Tech picked up its first-ever NCAA win with a 4-0 victory over College of Charleston, before falling to No. 15 Duke, 4-3, in the Round of 32. Texas Tech finished the season ranked in the ITA a school-record 18th.
In the sixth season under Petty, Texas Tech finished a solid 17-9 on the season and finished third in the Big 12 at 6-3 in league play. The Lady Raiders were 10-9 against ranked opponents and finished the year 8-1 at home again. Texas Tech made its third straight appearance to the NCAA Championships, falling to Ole Miss, 4-3, in Los Angeles, Calif.
This season, the Lady Raiders have made a remarkable showing, as Texas Tech is in first place in the Big 12 with two weeks left in the regular season. Petty led the Lady Raiders over No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 7 Baylor in back-to-back weekends. The two wins are literally the two biggest wins in program history.
The Lady Raiders are an impressive 15-4 overall and 5-1 in league play. Texas Tech has gone 10-1 at home and is 12-4 against ranked teams this season.
The team is built on a plethora of talented youth. Kilgo is the lone senior on a squad of five freshmen and two sophomores.
Petty came to Lubbock after serving as head coach at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. While at Rider, he mentored several student-athletes to state qualifying berths, including three in 2003 who qualified for the Texas Class-4A state tournament, and one who won the 4-A state singles championship in 2006. In addition, his teams finished in the top five in the state of Texas from 2004-2006, with the 2006 team placing third.
During his collegiate career, Petty played his first two years at UTSA, where he was named All-Southland Conference in both 1999 and 2000. He then transferred to Midwestern State University and was named to the 2002 Lone Star Conference All-Academic team and was selected an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American.
Petty began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Midwestern State, where he was involved in recruiting, coaching, and traveling with the men's and women's tennis programs. In 2003 and 2004, the men's tennis team qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Petty graduated cum laude from Midwestern State with a degree in political science. He and his wife, Angie, have two sons, Colt and Cruz.