Eric Diaz Joins Men’s Tennis Staff
Eric Diaz
Oct. 23, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (10/23/2015) – Greg Patton, Boise State’s head men’s tennis coach, announced today the addition of Eric Diaz as assistant coach for the Bronco program. Diaz graduated from the University of Georgia this past spring where he was a part of two NCAA Final Four teams and four Southeastern Conference championship squads.  

“I am thrilled to welcome Eric to Boise State, his lineage and heritage is off the charts for tennis DNA,” said Patton. “He has great playing experience competing at one of the traditional powers in the NCAA in Georgia where he did very well. He is also currently playing at a high level for Puerto Rico’s Davis Cup Team. In addition, being the son of a very successful tennis coach (Manuel Diaz, head coach at Georgia) gives him a very high tennis IQ. Eric is a total package and brings a lot to our program.”  

Diaz’s coaching experience includes helping at Bulldog tennis camps, working as an assistant coach at the Beck Tennis Academy in Athens, Ga., and attending a USTA high performance coaching program led by Jose Higueras.

In addition, he received a three month internship to work with the USTA player development program.  During that time he shadowed numerous national coaches including Jose Higueras, Andy Brandi, Eric Nunez, John Desdunes, Jay Devashetty, and Tom Gullikson. Diaz also worked with elite American athletes ranging in age from 12-18, as well as ATP and Challenge players throughout his internship period.

Diaz has also worked with a Collegiate Tour Team where he assisted Stephen Armitraj and Brad Stine for several weeks, which included time at the U.S. Open.

Perhaps Diaz’s biggest coaching asset is being the son of a coach. He is the son of longtime Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz who has led the Bulldogs to numerous Southeastern Conference titles and four NCAA National Championships.

As a collegiate player he experienced success as a member of four SEC regular-season championship teams, two SEC Tournament Champions, two NCAA Final Four teams and three top-five nationally ranked squads.

As an individual, he recorded key wins over players from Southern California, UCLA, Stanford, Oklahoma and Ohio State. In addition to serving as team co-captain during his senior season, Diaz was ranked nationally with two different doubles partners.

He has remained active playing tennis since his graduation and is currently a member of the Puerto Rico Davis Cup team.

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