Dancer Resigns as Men's Tennis Coach
Aug. 23, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head men's tennis coach Brad Dancer has resigned, effective immediately, to take the position of associate head coach at the University of Illinois. Dancer was the Bulldogs' head coach for three years, compiling a 38-35 overall record. He twice led his teams to the NCAA Tournament, the 2003 squad advancing to the second round, the farthest advancement under his tenure. That year, Fresno State went 18-9 and finished ranked 35th nationally. In 2004, Fresno State went 13-10, lost in the first round of the WAC and NCAA Tournaments and wrapped up the season ranked 51st. "We are thankful for the job that Brad has done while at Fresno State, and we wish him the very best as he moves on to Illinois," Athletics Director Scott Johnson said. "This gives him an opportunity to move closer to family and coach in the conference he grew up following and one in which he competed in college. "We have a great men's tennis program that has had a fantastic tradition, and I am confident we will attract a very strong pool of applicants who will work on maintaining and improving the standard set under Coach Dancer." At Illinois, Dancer will work with a program that won the 2003 national title and last year had its 64-match winning streak ended with an upset loss in the national semifinals to UCLA. Dancer first became a head coach in 1999 when he was tabbed to guide the women's team at the University of Arizona. He guided the Wildcats to a berth in the 2001 NCAA tournament, where they eventually fell to USC in the second round. Dancer began his coaching career as an assistant men's tennis coach at Michigan State, his alma mater, where he stayed from 1993-98 until moving onto Arizona. Fresno State's first official competition of the fall semester is Sept. 17-19, when the team will compete in the Boise State Invitational.