June 6, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State Director of Athletics Mike Holder announced today the hiring of Jay Udwadia as the head coach of the OSU men’s tennis team, pending approval by the OSU Board of Regents.
Udwadia replaces coach James Wadley, who retired this year after 40 seasons. He was the longest tenured coach in Oklahoma State history.
“Jay has spent the past eight years steadily improving the tennis program at Fresno State,” Holder said. “He is a proven head coach with a blue print for the future of Oklahoma State. We are excited for him to get started.”
Udwadia served the past eight seasons as the Fresno State men's tennis coach, and served one year before that as the head coach at Drake. He has a career record of 145-76, which includes a 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Championship and consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles in 2011 and 2012.
“It feels great to have this opportunity,” Udwadia said. “Oklahoma State has a great reputation and the athletic department has a great reputation. It feels good to get to be a part of that.”
Udwadia said he is looking forward to starting at OSU and is ready to begin the transition.
“First we need to establish a good foundation and culture as a team,” Udwadia said. “We need to promote a competitive mindset where we focus on improving every day and our specific goals will come after that.”
After beginning his coaching career at Drake in 2004 with a 17-6 season, Udwadia took over the program at Fresno State. He led the Bulldogs from a 10-11 record in his first year to seven consecutive winning seasons from 2006-12. Udwadia took Fresno State to the conference championship match in six of the past seven years and won the league title twice in that span. His teams were consistently well-regarded in the ITA National Rankings, reaching as high as No. 14 last season.
Udwadia, who was named the WAC Coach of the Year each of the past two seasons, guided three Bulldogs to WAC Player of the Year honors, including Jakub Cech in 2006, Rudolf Siwy in 2008 and Remi Boutillier in 2012. He guided 12 singles players and 11 doubles tandems to All-WAC honors during his time at FSU.
He also has a propensity for success in the classroom, as his team’s GPA was higher than 3.0 every year of his tenure and several of his athletes received all-conference academic honors.
Outside of the collegiate circuit, Udwadia coached the New York Buzz of the World Team Tennis league from 2008-2010. The WTT is a professional tennis league founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King. In 2008 he guided the Buzz to their first and only World Team Tennis title championship. During his time with WTT, Udwadia coached five-time grand slam champion, Martina Hingis. He also coached the USTA Boys 18's National Team Event, representing the NorCal Section.
Prior to coaching at Drake, Udwadia was the assistant coach at Northwestern for four seasons. While there, he helped lead the Wildcats to a fourth place finish in the Big Ten in 2002 along with a No. 45 national ranking. Northwestern participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and 2002 under Udwadia.
Before beginning his career as a college tennis coach, Udwadia spent two years on the ATP Tour, earning 26 ATP doubles points and capturing an ITF doubles title. He competed in tournaments run by the French Tennis Federation, and also played club tennis in Australia.
Udwadia, a native of Williamsville, N.Y., was a four-year letterwinner in the highly-competitive Southeastern Conference for the University of Arkansas and was team captain during his senior year. He helped lead the Razorbacks to three NCAA tournament appearances and a spot in the Top 25 of the national rankings. He graduated from Arkansas in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
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