Evan Austin
Evan  Austin

Naples, Fla.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Kentucky, 2004


Tennis Celebrates Year At Banquet

First-year head coaches Evan Austin and Ryan Stotland recognized each team's accomplishments at the end of the year banquet.


Fritz Fuels 4-3 Win Over Falcons

The Bulldogs are now 2-1 in Mountain West play.


Fritz Clinches 'Dogs First-Ever MW Win

The 'Dogs won the doubles point then rattled off three singles wins for the 4-3 edge.


'Dogs Push No. 25 Washington to Limit

Freshman Felipe Fritz won his fourth consecutive match and recorded the lone point for Fresno State.


'Dogs Victorious Over Hawai'i 4-3

Freshman Felipe Fritz clinched the win for the Bulldogs in a three-set thriller at No. 5.


Men's Tennis - Fall 2013

Men's Tennis (Fall 2013) - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2013.


Last Updated July 10, 2014

Evan Austin enters his third season as the head coach of the Fresno State men's tennis team. He was hired on Aug. 1, 2012 as the seventh head coach in Fresno State history.

Fresno State ended its 2014 season with its best finish under Austin, posting a 13-10 overall record and a 3-4 mark in Mountain West play which earned the Bulldogs a fifth-seed into the MW Tournament for the second straight year.

With Austin's guidance, Fresno State won 10 of the last 13 dual matches in 2014 which was highlighted by a five match win streak from April 5-13 and included two conference wins over Air Force (7-0) and UNLV (4-3).

Under Austin's leadership junior Sai Kartik Nakireddi earned a spot on the All-MW Singles Team and Eric Komati and Nicholas Papic were both named Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week during the 2014 dual season.

In his first season at the helm of the Bulldogs, Austin led a small roster to a 7-17 overall record and 2-4 mark in the Mountain West. Following the regular season, the 'Dogs earned the fifth-seed in the Mountain West Championships.

With the addition of two Bulldogs in January, Austin's young squad of six faced 13-ranked opponents, including four that were in the ITA Top 25.

Austin guided one Bulldog to Mountain West accolades as sophomore Reid deLaubenfels was named to the All-Mountain West Singles Team.

Austin awarded freshman Felipe Fritz with the Most Singles Wins and Most Improved awards at the end of the season. The Santiago, Chile native moved from the sixth spot to No. 1 and had a team best 12-9 dual match record which included a team best seven match win streak.

As a team, the season highlight came in January when the Bulldogs pulled the 4-3 upset over No. 60 Georgia Tech at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Los Angeles, Calif.

In the off-season Austin has spent time coaching the USTA NorCal Juniors 16 and Under Boys & Girls Zone Teams whose competition schedule travels during the summer season.

Prior to Fresno State Austin was the head coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for two seasons where he posted a 45-6 (.882) overall record, won two MVC championships, was the two-time MVC Coach of the Year and coached two different conference Players of the Year.

In his final year at Drake, Austin's Bulldogs went 24-3 and finished the year ranked No. 47 in the ITA national rankings. In 2011, Austin guided Drake to a 21-3 record and a No. 62 ranking in the final poll. The Bulldogs reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament both seasons he was at Drake.

In his collegiate coaching career, which includes four seasons as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (2006-10), Austin has coached five players that were selected to play in the NCAA Singles Championships, seven All-Big Ten players, seven All-MVC honorees and one Big Ten Freshman of the Year since 2006.

While at Wisconsin, Austin helped lead the Badgers to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2010, Austin's last year at Wisconsin, the Badgers reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with wins over Notre Dame and Illinois and finished 21-9 overall with a year-end ranking of No. 23.

The 20-plus win season was only the sixth in program history and the first since 1990.

Prior to his tenure at Wisconsin, Austin was the head tennis professional at Bay Colony Tennis Club in his hometown of Naples, Fla. from 2004-06.

Austin played collegiately at Kentucky where he earned a career-best ITA singles ranking of No. 65 in 2002 and he held an ATP ranking from 2000-03. A three-year letterwinner, Austin was a co-captain of the 2003-04 Wildcat squad that finished the season ranked No. 14 nationally.

He was a three-time Academic All-SEC honoree and earned a spot on Kentucky's AD Honor Roll in the fall of 2003.

As a junior player in 2000, Austin was ranked No. 4 in the U.S. in the 18-and-under division where he had victories over ATP professionals Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Joachim Johansson and Mario Ancic.

Austin, 31, earned a bachelor's degree from Kentucky in business administration in 2004.

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