Nathan Robinson, the 2016-17 assistant coach for the women’s tennis team at Western Michigan University, joins the UC Davis Men’s Tennis team as its new assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.
During his time at Western Michigan University, Robinson helped his athletes achieve major athletic and academic accomplishments. The Broncos defeated multiple Big 10 and ACC opponents throughout the season, set a program record by defeating the number five ranked doubles team in the nation at that time, and maintained a 3.72 team GPA.
“Nathan is really eager and excited to be here, and I know he wants to be a part of UC Davis. He jumped in and started putting in work right away, so I’ve been impressed by his work ethic already.” UC Davis men’s tennis head coach Eric Steidlmayer said. “It’s that sort of stuff that really matters in the long-term, because if you put in the work everyday, you will eventually see the pay off.”
Prior to the Oklahoma native’s position at Western Michigan, Robinson served as a Director of Operations and Volunteer Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Oklahoma State University from 2014 to 2016. Within those two years, he made his first trip ever to the NCAA Championships, where the Cowgirls defeated the number five, number four, and number one seeded teams there.
In addition, he helped the Oklahoma team achieve a perfect, undefeated 9-0 record in the Big 12 regular season, as well as set a nation’s best NCAA record of going 32-1 in doubles points. The Cowgirls were also tournament champions and NCAA runner-ups before ending their season with a 29-5 overall record.
Before coaching college athletics, Robinson was the Stillwater Public School’s High School Girl’s Head Tennis Coach for two seasons. There, he worked with girls individually in preparation for college athletics and academics, and worked with the boys coaching staff to generate professional ties with other coaches on a statewide level.
In December of 2014, Robinson earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specifically in Sports Management, from Oklahoma State University. During his undergraduate years, Robinson had the Head of Junior Development and Assistant Tennis Pro title under the Shadow Valley Tennis Center in Rogers, Arkansas. There, he worked with a variety of athletic talents, ranging from state champions and future college players to beginner-level tennis players.