Bronco Weekly: Head coach Greg Patton recaps what the team has been up to these last couple of weeks and lets us know what the Broncos are looking to accomplish as the season gets closer to the Mountain West Tournament.
Boise State head coach Greg Patton talks about the Broncos tough road season that they have started with, as well as talks about this weekend's trip to Alabama to try and repeat as champions of the Blue Grey National Tennis Classic.
BOISE STATE 2013-14 SEASON Patton guided his team to a final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national ranking of No. 29, powered by a 28-5 overall record. Boise State was dominant in the conference and region going 8-0 versus Mountain West Conference opponents and 12-0 against teams from the ITA Mountain Region. The Broncos also faced 17 nationally ranked teams recording a 11-6 record against those opponents, 22 which were ranked at some point during the season.
The team won its second-straight Blue Gray National Tennis Classic championship in Montgomery, Ala., and third overall with wins over 36th-ranked Alabama (4-0), 21st-ranked Clemson (4-3) and 37th-ranked VCU (4-2). Boise State ended the season winning its third-consecutive league championship and has never lost a match in the Mountain West Championship tournament (8-0) since joining the league three years ago. The Broncos also advanced to NCAA National Team Championship Tournament, falling in the first round to University of San Diego in Los Angeles, Calif. It was the third-straight appearance and 15th overall under Patton.
Player accomplishments included five players earning MW postseason honors; four with MW All-Academic team recognition; two received MW Scholar Athlete Awards (for maintaining a 3.5 or better accumulative GPA); at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Brendan McClain was named Most Valuable Player, while Andy Bettles earned the Sportsmanship Award; as well as four players combining for five MW Player of the Week honors. He also coached Andy Bettles to his second-straight appearance at the NCAA National Men's Tennis Singles Championship.
BOISE STATE TENURE (1992-98 and 2003-present) Boise State men's tennis has become a familiar player on the national collegiate tennis scene thanks in large part to head coach Greg Patton, who is in his 19th season at the helm of the Bronco men's tennis program. Patton has led Boise State to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in the past nine years and seven conference titles since the beginning of his second tenure in 2003.
Patton has put together an impressive 759-343 record over 35 years as a collegiate head coach, which currently ranks him first nationally for most wins by an active NCAA Division I men's tennis coach and sixth all-time. The majority of his success has come during the 18 years at Boise State, where he has posted a 408-150 record while winning 13 conference championships in three different conferences.
Since returning to Boise State in 2003, Patton guided the team to three-consecutive Mountain West Tournament Championships during his first three seasons in the conference. He also earned Western Athletic Conference titles in four of nine seasons (2003, 2005-07), as well as a WAC regular-season championship in 2009.
During Patton's 18-year tenure with the Broncos he has coached five players to All-America status, including Luke Shields twice in singles (2005 and 2007) and once in doubles (2005), Thomas Schoeck in doubles (2005) with Shields, Guillame Bouvier in singles (2004), as well as the doubles team of Ernesto Diaz and Albin Polonyi (1996).
While successfully leading the Broncos program, Patton has captured many individual honors including being inducted to the Boise State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2001), Idaho Tennis Association Hall of Fame (2013), NCAA National Coach of the Year (1997), USPTA College Tennis Coach of the Year (2013), Intercollegiate Tennis Association Region Coach of the Year (1994, 1997, 2004, 2012, 2014), Mountain West Coach of the Year (2012), Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2005-07, 2009), Big West Coach of the Year (1997), Big Sky Coach of the Year (1993-96), USTA Intermountain Tennis Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2013), Keys to the City of Boise (2013) and the USTA/NCAA National Community Service Award recipient (1997 and 2003).
Patton has been credited with turning Boise State into a national tennis power since his arrival in 1993. In his first season at the reigns of the Broncos, Patton led the team to its first conference championship since 1974. His success did not stop there as Boise State won the Big Sky four consecutive seasons (1993-96) and the Big West Championship its first year in the league (1997). During the 1997 season Boise State was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and went to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships, finishing fifth in the process.
OTHER COACHING EXPERIENCE Patton has been the U.S. Collegiate National Team coach for five years (2009-13) where he guided the team to four world championships in 2009 and 2011-13, as well as one runner-up finish in 2010.
Following the 1998 season, Patton accepted a position as a coach with the U.S. National team. Patton coached at the junior level from 1998-2003 leading the National Boys' 14s to the 2003 World Cup Championship, defeating teams from Argentina and Spain in the process.
Patton also coached the junior national team from 1984-87 leading many junior players to top five world rankings. At the junior level, Patton helped groom some of the finest tennis players America has had to offer including Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, David Wheaton, and Malavai Washington.
Prior to becoming the head coach of Boise State in 1993, Patton coached at UC Irvine from 1979-92. During his tenure he led the Anteaters to nine Big West championships (1981, 1983-85, 1987-90, 1992) and multiple top 25 finishes in the final national rankings. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1987 and was a five-time Big West Coach of the Year. He was elected to the UC Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
His first job as a coach was with his alma mater UC Santa Barbara from 1976-78 before spending time at CSU Bakersfield (1978-79) and then moving onto UC Irvine.
PERSONAL Patton played his collegiate tennis at UC Santa Barbara from 1972-74.Patton and his wife Christa have a daughter, Chelsea, and a son, Garrett. Garrett is a two-time Idaho High School State Tennis Champion and is currently a senior on the Boise State men's tennis team in 2014-15. Chelsea played tennis at Eastern Washington University from 2010-13 and is now an assistant women's tennis coach at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.