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 2014-15 SEASON Patton guided Boise State to a final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national ranking of No. 59 following a 15-16 campaign. The Broncos won their fourth-consecutive Mountain West Conference Championship and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Boise State finished the year 6-3 versus MW opponents, 8-1 against regional competition and 5-12 in matches with nationally ranked teams.
Three Broncos earned All-Mountain West honors with Garrett Patton getting the recognition for singles, while Thomas Tenreiro and Lewis Roskilly earned it for doubles.
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 20th season at the helm of the Bronco men’s tennis program. Patton has led Boise State to nine NCAA Tournament appearances in the past 10 years and eight conference titles since the beginning of his second tenure in 2003.
Patton has put together an impressive 774-359 record over 36 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 fifth all-time. The majority of his success has come during the 19 years at Boise State, where he has posted a 423-166 record while winning 14 conference championships in three different conferences.
Since returning to Boise State in 2003, Patton has guided the team to four-consecutive Mountain West Tournament Championships during its first four 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 19-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), UC Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame (2000), Idaho Tennis Association Hall of Fame (2013), the USTA Intermountain Region Hall of Fame (2015), 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 Masters’U Team co-coach for seven years (2009-15) where he has guided the team to six world championships in 2009 and 2011-15, as well as one runner-up finish in 2010.
Following the 1998 season at Boise State, Patton accepted a position as a coach with the U.S. Junior National team program. 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 played four years for Greg at Boise State 2011-15 where he was an all-conference player. Chelsea played tennis at Eastern Washington University from 2010-13.