Simon Thibodeau
Simon  Thibodeau

8th Year


WAC Runner-ups

The No. 51 Bulldogs fell to No. 61 Hawai'i, 4-3, in the WAC Championships on Saturday.


Tennis Sweeps Top WAC Honors

Remi Boutillier and Marianne Jodoin were each named WAC Player of the Year and Jay Udwadia and Simon Thibodeau were named WAC Coach of the Year, respectively.


Jodoin, Thibodeau Earn Top WAC Honors

Marianne Jodoin and Simon Thibodeau were named WAC Player of the Year and WAC Coach of the Year, respectively.


Women's Tennis Celebrates Senior Day

The Fresno State women's tennis team beat LMU, 5-2, on Senior Day.


Bulldogs Ace Aggies, 7-0

The Fresno State women's tennis team shut out New Mexico State, 7-0, for its second conference win of the season.


2008-09 Women's Tennis

Year-in-review photo gallery

Last updated on May 30, 2012

In nine seasons, Simon Thibodeau has established himself as one of the top coaches in the nation and the Fresno State history books. The list of milestones during his short tenure is already impressive: seven WAC titles; five appearances in the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament; nine All-Americans; seven individual national title appearances for players under his supervision; the best year-end ranking in program history; six-time WAC Coach of the Year and a highest winning percentage of 75 percent while playing a schedule laced with some of the top teams in the nation.

In 2012, The Dogs missed their 10th WAC Championship title in 11 seasons by a breath and went undefeated in regular season conference play, going 3-0.

Thibodeau earned his sixth WAC Coach of the Year, Marianne Jodoin was named WAC Player of the Year for the second-consecutive time, two members made the WAC All-Tournament team in singles and one duo made WAC All-Tournament in doubles. The team had one member named first team All-WAC in singles, one duo named second team All-WAC in doubles and one member named second team All-WAC for singles.

Jodoin finished an outstanding sophomore year, where she was awarded WAC Player of the Week six times in the season, WAC Player of the Month in October and reached a highest ITA ranking of 39th in the country, with an automatic bid to the NCAA Singles Championships for a second consecutive year. No. 41 Jodoin took on Washington's 17th-ranked Denise Dy. In an exciting match, Jodoin gained early leads in the two sets only to fall to the two-time All-American Dy, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Fresno State entered into the ITA Rankings pre-season at No. 66, climbed the rankings as high as No. 43 and finished the season ranked 57th.

The `Dogs competed against some of the top-ranked teams in the country including No. 49 Sacramento State, No. 34 Saint Mary's, No. 34 Texas A&M, No. 45 Pepperdine, No. 7 Miami and No. 10 California.

There were many exciting moments throughout the season for the `Dogs against top-ranked foes. Jodoin went 3-4 against ranked opponents including her defeat of Saint Mary's 82nd ranked Catherine Isip, 6-3, 6-3. Agrawal rose to the No. 2 spot on the team and then topped Pepperdine's 123rd ranked Lorraine Granillo, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) and Agrawal and junior Bianca Modoc surprised the Miami team with a 8-6 win over 37th ranked duo Gabriela Meja and Lina Lileikite, which catapulted the Bulldog duo to No. 65 in the national rankings.

The Dogs knocked-off nine non-conference competitors, including an outstanding performance against No. 50 Georgia State, No. 48 UC Davis, No. 69 CSU Northridge, No. 51 Santa Clara, No. 70 UNLV,UCSB, Cal Poly, Florida International and Loyola Marymount.

The Bulldogs went undefeated in conference play throughout the regular season, defeating Hawaii, 5-2, Nevada, 6-1, and sweeping New Mexico State, 7-0. These victories gave the Dogs their 3-0 record and the No.2-seeded position for the WAC Championships.

The Bulldogs defeated Louisiana Tech, 4-0, in the first round of the tournament, team narrowly passed New Mexico State, 4-3, in the semi finals and then fell to Hawai'i in close 4-3 decision.

In the 2011 season, Jodoin emerged as the new leader for the `Dogs. She competed at No. 1 in singles and doubles for the season and went 18-6 overall in singles and undefeated in singles and doubles for WAC play. She reached a No. 55 ITA National Ranking. In the NCAA Tournament against No. 20 Notre Dame she earned the first set victory over No. 5 Kristy Frilling until the match was clinched. She made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where she fell to No. 46 Alexandra Poorta of Saint Mary's in a close match, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (16-14). During the season, she also beat UNLV's No. 68 Lucia Batta, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2, No. 74 Stephanie Hoffpauir from USD, 6-4, 6-4, and No. 18 Mari Anderson from No. 10 California, 5-7, 6-3, 1-0(8). She and partner Laura Pola defeated the No. 34 doubles team from Pepperdine, 8-2.

Jodoin advanced to the Round of 32 in singles in the ITA Northwest Regional to finish off the fall season. She was named the WAC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, honored in the WAC All-Tournament team in singles and doubles, named first team All-WAC in singles and doubles, named WAC Player of the Month for October and awarded WAC Player of the Week three times.

The team reached a No. 59 ranking in ITA national polls. The `Dogs went 11-14 overall despite having a tough schedule facing teams like No. 1 Stanford and No. 7 California. They were victorious against No. 26 University of Arizona and No. 15 Arizona State and went undefeated in WAC play. In the WAC Tournament they went 3-0 with wins over No. 70 Boise State, 4-3, Nevada, 4-3, and Louisiana Tech, 4-0. The team's ninth win in 10 years was earned by solid performances by Marianne Jodoin, Melissa McQueen and Laura Pola, who clinched the WAC title for the second time in three years.

The `Dogs finished their season by advancing to the first round of the NCAA tournament and had a match close against No. 20 Notre Dame the team was up in three matches as The Fighting Irish clinched the win, 4-0.

In the 2010 season, Anastasia Petukhova, one of Thibodeau's top players before getting injured to the upper body, had great fall results, beating No. 1 NCAA Maria Mosolova of Northwestern, reaching quarter final at ITA indoors champs at Yale and winning the All-American consolation bracket, defeating in straight sets many top 20 ranked opponents. After the fall, Anastasia ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation in singles.

There was much improvement with a new and young team. Some of the players were affected with injuries, Petukhova in spring and Renata Kucerkova in the fall. The Bulldogs played probably their toughest schedule in years and traveled a lot. Many of the players received some valuable experience from it.

In the WAC Tournament, with solid performances by Kucerkova, Bianca Modoc and Melissa McQueen going undefeated, the Dogs were close to winning their 9th consecutive WAC Championship. Kucerkova and Petukhova were named All-WAC Tournament Team in singles. The doubles teams, Laura Pola/Kucerkova and Petukhova/ Julia Gragera-Cano were named All-WAC tournament team.

Succeeding on the courts, as well in the classroom, women's tennis has a long standing tradition of academic excellence. Kucerkova, Pola, Bianca Modoc and McQueen earned Academic All-WAC honors for the 2010 season. Thibodeau ended the season with some of his team ranked in the top Final ITA Tennis singles and doubles. Petukhova finished the season at No. 19 in the nation and defeated seven ranked opponents. Kucerkova was also ranked in the Top 100 singles at No. 97 and was also ranked in doubles at No. 47 with partner Pola.

In 2009, Fresno State added more team and individual trophies to the case including Thibodeau's WAC Coach of the Year. They continue their reign atop the WAC, by their eighth-straight WAC Championships. They were also the first-ever WAC regular season champions, after going 8-0 against conference foes and outscoring them by a combined 54-2.

The Bulldogs also advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the fourth-consecutive year. The Fresno State doubles tandem of Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament, to earn All-American honors for the second-straight year. The pair also ended the season ranked No. 1 in the ITA Tennis Rankings and earned the 2009 ITA Doubles Team of the Year award.

The 2009 season also saw the commencement of the Melanie Gloria era at Fresno State, as she won her fourth WAC Player of the Year, climbed to No. 2 on the school wins list with 123, played in her fourth NCAA Singles Tournament and was named the 2009 ITA Northwest Region Senior Player of the Year.

During the 2008 fall season Thibodeau guided Kucerkova and Petukhova to the ITA National Indoors doubles championship, the Northwest regional doubles titles and the All-American doubles final. Gloria also triumphed in the Northwest Regional singles championship.

The Bulldogs enjoyed another great season in 2008. Thibodeau led the Bulldogs to a 22-8 record and their fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Round of 16. Fresno State won the WAC for the seventh-straight year, eighth overall. Under Thibodeau, Gloria and Tinesta Rowe reached No. 1 in the national doubles rankings and earned a spot in the finals of the 2008 NCAA doubles championship. Four Bulldogs earned All-American honors last season and Thibodeau also helped Fresno State host the NCAA first and second rounds for the second time.

Thibodeau continued to help the Bulldogs compete with the nation's elite in 2007. Fresno State finished 2007 with a 22-4 record as they won another WAC title and reached the NCAA Round of 16. Gloria, a sophomore at the time reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA singles Championship.

The 2006 season was also a year to be remembered. The Bulldogs won the WAC title again. The Bulldogs went to Berkeley, Calif., for the NCAA Regional and beat Sacramento State and California, just as they did in 2004. This time it was not a singles player reaching the NCAA final, but doubles tandem Lucia Sainz and Katarina Winterhalter. Thibodeau's dynamic duo finished the season ranked No. 6 in the country with a Northwest Regional championship and appearances in the ITA All-American and NCAA Doubles finals.

In 2005, Thibodeau willed his team to yet another successful year. Despite being forced to deal with the eligibility issues and significant injuries to half of the lineup, Thibodeau still managed to lead his squad to a 16-9 record and their fourth WAC title. The Bulldogs also received a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Thibodeau quickly made his presence felt during the 2004 season. The Bulldogs won the Western Athletic Conference title, reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament and guided Jelena Pandzic to the final of the NCAA Singles Tournament - all in Thibodeau's first season.

Players have received individual awards on an incredible level under Thibodeau. In 2004, Pandzic became the first player in Fresno State history to receive an individual national award when she was selected the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Rookie of the Year. She also was honored as the WAC Player of the Year and WAC Freshman of the Year. Gloria has won four WAC Player of the Year titles. Gloria and Kucerkova earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors in each of their first seasons. Gloria was also named the 2009 ITA Northwest Region Senior Player of the Year and Kucerkova and Petukhova collected the 2009 ITA National Doubles Team of the Year award.

Just as impressive as Fresno State's on-court success has been the way Thibodeau's players have excelled in the classroom. The Bulldogs received distinction as an ITA All-Academic team in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 awarded to those programs that achieve an overall GPA over 3.2.

In 2009, the Bulldogs achieved a team GPA of 3.6, while Gloria, Petukhova, Kucerkova, Danon Beatty and Bruna Paes earned Academic All-WAC honors. Petukhova and Gloria each received ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors and Gloria was an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American.

Thibodeau came to Fresno State from the University of Arizona, where he served as the assistant women's tennis coach from 2000-03. While there, he was fundamental in helping lead the Wildcats from a team who was ranked in the 50s nationally to two NCAA Tournament appearances and a place among the nation's Top 25.

In addition, from September to November in 2001, Thibodeau served as Arizona's interim head coach after the departure of Brad Dancer, who left to become Fresno State's men's tennis coach.

Thibodeau was a national coach with the Canadian Tennis Federation from 1997-01, traveling around the world to tournaments and clinics. With the Canadian Tennis Federation, he supervised national training camps, coached members of the national junior team and assisted with the Canadian Federation Cup squad. With the Canadian Tennis Federation, he coached such touring professionals as Helen Kelesi, Sonya Jeyaseelan, Renee Simpson, Marie-Eve Pelletier and Beier Ko. He also helped train Martina Navratilova.

Thibodeau received his bachelor's degree in science/physical activity from the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec) in 1997. With this background, Thibodeau owns extensive knowledge of physical conditioning, sport psychology and sports management. Thibodeau is a native of Repentigny, Quebec, and is fluent in French. He has a young daughter named Camelia Blue.

Records while at Fresno State

200422-4.846ChampionsRound of 16
200516-9.640ChampionsFirst Round
200620-7.741ChampionsRound of 16
200722-4.846ChampionsRound of 16
200822-8.733ChampionsRound of 16
200924-6.800ChampionsRound of 16
201111-14.440ChampionsFirst Round

Team Accomplishments

  • Finished 2004 No. 13 in the final ITA rankings, the programs best final ranking
  • Five seasons ending ranked in the nation's Top 20 (2004-06-07-08-09)
  • NCAA Round of 64 in 2005, 2011
  • Has NCAA Round of 16 in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Western Athletic Conference Champions (2004, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 11)
  • Western Athletic Conference Finalists (2010, 12)
  • Student-Athlete Accomplishments

  • 2004 National Rookie of the Year (Jelena Pandzic)
  • 2004 WAC Conference Player of the Year (Jelena Pandzic)
  • 2006 WAC Conference Freshman of the Year (Jelana Pandzic)
  • 2006 WAC Conference Player of the Year (Melanie Gloria)
  • 2006 WAC Conference Freshman of the Year (Melanie Gloria)
  • 2007 WAC Conference Player of the Year (Melanie Gloria)
  • 2007 WAC Conference Freshman of the Year (Renata Kucerkova)
  • 2008 WAC Conference Player of the Year (Melanie Gloria)
  • 2009 WAC Conference Player of the Year (Melanie Gloria)
  • 2011 WAC Conference Player of the Year (Marianne Jodoin)
  • 2011 WAC Conference Freshman of the Year (Marianne Jodoin)
  • 2012 WAC Conference Player of the Year (Marianne Jodoin)
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