Daryl Lee spent 19 years as head coach for the men's tennis team
UC Davis played its first Big West match since Jan. 28
UC Davis plays two ranked opponents in the first two matches of the season
Daryl Lee enters his 19th season as head coach of the UC Davis men's tennis team. His tenure has been marked by a commitment to both academic and on-court excellence. Lee has amassed 131 victories as well as six seasons with win totals in double figures. The Aggies are coming off their third official season as a Division I member as well as another strong showing in the classroom.
Following a four-year transition from Division II to Division I, the Aggies wasted little time in 2008 putting themselves on the national landscape. In late January, the team earned its first Division I national ranking, vaulting to No. 75 in the International Tennis Association's poll. In the Aggies first three years as a member of the Big West, the team has enjoyed Athlete of the Week honors three times as has had multiple inviduals capture post-season honors each season.
Off the court in 2009, the team was recognized by UC Davis for achieving the highest team grade point average among the school's men's athletic programs. It was the sixth such honor for Lee's team. The ITA named UC Davis an All-Academic Team and honored five Aggies as ITA Scholar-Athletes. Four Aggies received the distinction in 2007-08, which is given to student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.5 GPA.
Prior to the Aggies move to Division I, Lee led the team to nine appearances in the NCAA Division II Championships. During that time, the Aggies finished in the top-20 in the final ITA national poll six times while being ranked in the top-10 on two separate occasions.
Lee has coached eight players to All-American status. The highest accomplishment of any player under Lee's tutelage belongs to Greg Lee. In addition to being a four-time All-American, he attained a ranking on the ATP Tour in his first pro event. During the summer after his junior year, he competed in a futures event in Northern California and won four matches in the qualifying and then his first- round match in the main draw.
A two-time West Region Coach of the Year, Lee began his coaching career in 1991 as the men's assistant at Sacramento State. After one year he was promoted to women's coach until coming to UC Davis in the fall of 1993.
Besides leading the Aggies, Lee has been the coach of numerous northern California junior teams during the past 10 summers. In 1999 and 2004 he coached at the Maze Cup. He coached the 14-and-under zonals team in both 1999 and 2000. In 2001 as well as 2005-08, he coached the 16-and-under zonals team. Lee was appointed coach of the Junior Davis Cup team in 2002 and 2003.
Lee graduated from Stanford with a degree in psychology in 1987 and attained his master's degree in counseling at Sacramento State in 1993.