Todd Petty heads into his ninth season at the helm of the Texas Tech women's tennis program where he has guided the Lady Raiders to national prominence behind two Big 12 regular season championships, a pair of Big 12 Tournament runner-up finishes, three 20-plus win seasons and consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
Petty is a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2011, 2012) and two-time Wilson/ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year (2012, 2016). He has led Texas Tech to program-long streak of five straight NCAA Tournament bids, and the Lady Raiders have notched an Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 25 final ranking during four of the last five seasons.
Petty has climbed the Texas Tech victories list with 141 wins and a .671 winning percentage over his first eight seasons. The .671 winning percentage is a program-best whereas the 141 victories are second behind only Harrison "Mickey" Bowes, who totaled 156 wins over 10 seasons from 1980-89.
Nine players have secured All-Big 12 singles accolades with Samantha Adams (2012, 2013), Sarah Dvorak (2015, 2016) and Gabriela Talaba (2015, 2016) as two-time honorees. Adams (2011), Dvorak (2015) and Alex Valenstein (2016) also have captured the ITA Texas Region Rookie of the Year award with Adams (2012) being named an ITA Texas Region Player to Watch during Petty's tenure.
Adams and Kenna Kilgo are Texas Tech's most decorated doubles tandem in program history. The duo earned three All-Big 12 doubles picks from 2012-14 in addition to punching tickets to the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Doubles Championships.
The Lady Raiders fired out to a 17-2 start and amassed a program-record 25 victories during a historic 2016 season. It marked the first time in program history that Texas Tech has piled up 20-plus wins in back-to-back seasons. The Lady Raiders finished tied for second place in the Big 12 standings and avenged regular season losses to No. 24 Texas and No. 35 TCU to appear in the program's second straight championship match at the Big 12 Tournament.
Texas Tech was ranked inside the ITA's Top 20 for the entire season in 2016, a program first. The Lady Raiders were ranked as high as No. 5 on March 1 during a program-best five consecutive weeks among the ITA's Top 10. Tech registered a program-high No. 15 ITA final ranking and returned to the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to No. 1 seed California. The Lady Raiders dismissed Boston University and No. 21 Mississippi State at home during the 2016 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds.
Texas Tech dialed up eight wins over opponents from its fellow Power Five conferences in 2016 which include the ACC (No. 11 Miami), Big 10 (No. 36 Northwestern, No. 58 Illinois, Wisconsin), Pac-12 (No. 33 Washington, No. 60 Oregon) and SEC (No. 13 Alabama, No. 21 Mississippi State).
The Lady Raiders qualified for the ITA National Indoor Championships for the first time in 2016, while Lynn Kiro and Valenstein claimed the ITA Texas Regionals doubles crown and the program's first trip to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in November 2015.
The McLeod Tennis Center has become one of the nation's toughest home courts. Prior to Petty's arrival, Texas Tech was 39-39 at home. The Lady Raiders have racked up a 75-14 home record during the last eight seasons and emerged with wins in 63 of their 70 home matches since 2011.
Petty's student-athletes have been just as impressive in the classroom. The Lady Raiders have produced 29 All-Big 12 Academic and 23 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections. Texas Tech has been listed as an ITA All-Academic Team in six of the last seven seasons, and the Lady Raiders have been among the athletic department's best NCAA APR program.
Petty has elevated Tech's recruiting efforts where he has signed nine five-star recruits and a pair of blue chip recruits. He has come away with four Top 20 recruiting classes fueled by three straight in 2013 (No. 16), 2014 (No. 14) and 2015 (No. 19).
Besides bringing in top American talent, Petty also has been able to successfully grow Texas Tech's brand internationally. He has landed two Top 100 players and six of his nine international recruits have been ranked inside the Top 500 in the world. The nine international recruits have hailed from eight countries on five continents.
The Lady Raiders began their accent up the Big 12 standings during Petty's third season in 2011 when Texas Tech finished with an 18-8 record and 7-4 mark in Big 12 action. At the time, the 18 wins were the most for Tech since the 1987 season which enabled Petty to tuck away Big 12 Coach of the Year accolades. After finishing tied for fourth in the Big 12 standings, the Lady Raiders collected a then-school record No. 48 ITA final ranking but narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament field. Texas Tech logged four wins over ranked opponents and snapped a 38-match losing streak to Texas with a 4-3 triumph over No. 23 Longhorns on April 1.
The Lady Raiders took the next step and weren't to be denied of the program's first NCAA Tournament bid in 2012. Texas Tech won seven of its first eight matches en route to a 19-6 record and jumped to No. 32 in the ITA rankings after an upset of No. 23 Ole Miss. Then, the Lady Raiders took down No. 12 Baylor by a 4-3 margin on March 1 to set the stage for the program's first Big 12 regular season title. Tech ended Baylor's streak of seven straight seasons with a share of the Big 12 crown and finished with an 8-1 Big 12 mark. Once again, Petty was named Big 12 Coach of the Year. Another key victory for the Lady Raiders was a 4-3 road triumph at No. 20 Texas A&M on April 13. Texas Tech traveled to Coral Gables, Fla. for the NCAA Tournament but were handed a 4-3 loss by No. 37 Utah in the first round. The Lady Raiders capped the season with a then program-high No. 22 ITA final ranking
Texas Tech served up a remarkable encore performance and reached the 20-win plateau for the second time in program history during the 2013 season. Petty's squad handled the high expectations well after being ranked No. 21 in the ITA preseason. The Lady Raiders rattled off a nine-match winning streak ignited by five victories over ITA Top 50 opponents from March 17 to April 19. Tech reached as high as No. 15 in the ITA rankings and garnered its second straight 8-1 Big 12 finish claim a share of another conference championship. The Lady Raiders were rewarded with the program's first host site for the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds. Texas Tech swept College of Charleston for the program's first NCAA victory before falling 4-3 to No. 15 Duke in the Round of 32. The Lady Raiders ended the season with then season's best No. 18 ITA final ranking.
Texas Tech posted a solid 17-9 record and tallied another Big 12 Top 3 regular season finish with a 6-3 mark in 2014. The Lady Raiders recorded 10 victories over ranked opponents aided by road wins over No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 25 Nebraska. Tech made its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance but dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 35 Ole Miss during the opening round.
The Lady Raiders put forth an impressive showing with 15 of their then program single-season record 21 victories versus ranked opponents in 2015. Texas Tech knocked off No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 7 Baylor on back-to-back weekends, the first time the program captured consecutive wins over Top 15 opponents. The Lady Raiders secured a tie for second-place in the Big 12 standings and defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State for a second time to make the program's first Big 12 Tournament title match. Tech broke through to its first NCAA Sweet 16 courtesy of NCAA Tournament home wins over New Mexico State and No. 22 LSU. The Lady Raiders fell to No. 1 Southern Cal but finished the 2015 campaign with a then program-record No. 16 ITA final ranking.
Petty took over the reigns of the Texas Tech program in April 2009 after he served as interim coach. The Lady Raiders turned in a 10-14 record and picked up a seventh-place finish in the Big 12. Tech checked in with a No. 73 ITA final ranking sparked by the program's first Top 25 win with a 4-3 decision over No. 21 TCU on Feb. 26. Texas Tech improved to 11-12 and moved up to sixth place in 2010.
Petty came to Lubbock from a successful head coaching stint at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. He mentored several student-athletes to state tournament qualifying berths highlighted by three picks in 2003 and the state's 4A singles champion in 2006. Petty's teams came away with a trio of Top 5 state finishes from 2004-06, while the 2006 squad notched a third-place finish.
Petty was an All-Southland Conference performer at UTSA as a player in 1999 and 2000. He transferred to Midwestern State where he was selected an ITA All-American and Lone Star Conference All-Academic honoree in 2002.
Petty started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Midwestern State where he was involved in all facets of the men's and women's tennis programs. The men's team qualified for the Division II NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004.
Petty graduated cum laude from Midwestern State in 2002 with a political science degree. He and his wife, Angie, have two sons: Colt and Cruz.
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