BOISE STATE TENURE (2013-present) Bronco alumnus Luke Shields enters his second season as the associate head men's tennis coach for the Boise State program. The former three-time collegiate All-American enters his seventh season as a collegiate coach. As a member of the Bronco coaching staff Shields is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the program, coaching and recruiting, as well as helping organize and run the Bronco tennis camps and outreach programs.
During his first season with the Broncos he helped guide the team to a final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national ranking of No. 29, powered by a 28-5 overall record. Boise State went 8-0 versus Mountain West Conference opponents, 12-0 against teams from the ITA Mountain Region and 11-6 versus nationally ranked opponents. The team won its second-straight Blue Gray National Tennis Classic championship, third-consecutive league championship and advanced to its third-straight NCAA National Team Championship Tournament, falling in the first round to San Diego at Los Angeles, Calif.
Shields helped coach five players to MW postseason honors, four to MW All-Academic team recognition, two to MW Scholar Athlete Awards (for maintaining a 3.5 or better accumulative GPA), the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Most Valuable Player and Sportsmanship Award winners, as well as four players to a combined five MW Player of the Week honors. He also assisted in coaching Andy Bettles to his second-straight appearance at the NCAA National Men's Tennis Singles Championship.
PRIOR TO BOISE STATE Shields came to Boise State from the University of Washington where he was the assistant women's coach for two seasons. During his time at Washington, Shields helped guide the team to 49th-and 46th-place finishes in 2012 and 2013 ITA rankings, respectively. The Huskies' tandem of Gray Ysidora and Natali Coronel paired to win the 2013 Pac-12 doubles championship for the first time in school history.
Shields spent the 2010-11 season as the women's tennis assistant coach at Marshall University in West Virginia. In that one season, the Thundering Herd were ranked as high as 34th nationally.
After Shields' graduation from Boise State in 2008, he became a volunteer assistant coach for the men's program at his alma mater for two seasons. The 2009 Bronco squad made the NCAA Round of 16 for just the second time in program history, upsetting 14th-ranked Alabama in the second round.
COLLEGIATE PLAYING CAREER Shields was one of the top collegiate players in the nation during his time at Boise State, leading the Broncos to the NCAA tournament all four years, while also earning accolades for academics and sportsmanship.
As a player, Shields was ranked as high as seventh nationally in both singles and doubles during his career. He made the NCAA Doubles Championship all four years, with round of 16 finishes in 2005 and 2008, and made the NCAA Singles Championship three times with a round of 16 run in 2005. He was named an ITA All-American in singles in 2007 when he finished the year ranked 13th, and grabbed All-America honors in singles and doubles in 2005 as a freshman, finishing the 2005 season ranked eighth in doubles. The Broncos won the Western Athletic Conference team title in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
The two-time team captain was the WAC Player of the Year in 2007 when he made the quarterfinals of both the ITA National Indoor Championships and the ITA All-American Championships. Shields won the ITA Mountain Regional singles title as a senior, and as a freshman was named WAC Freshman of the Year. He also made the ITA National Indoor doubles semifinals as a sophomore. Shields was named to the All-WAC First Team every year in both singles and doubles.
Shields also excelled in the classroom and was recognized for his exemplary sportsmanship. He received the USTA Sportsmanship Award at the 2007 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships and was named to the WAC All-Academic Team all four years of his career.
PERSONAL Shields is the older brother of Clancy Shields, who was the Boise State assistant from 2011-13 before taking the head men's tennis coach position at Utah State in May of 2013 ... the brothers were also teammates for two years at Boise State from fall 2006 through the spring of 2008. Luke is a native of Grand Junction, Colorado.