Bill Maze enters his 20th year as UC Davis' women's tennis head coach, following a campaign that saw the Aggies continue their strong tradition of success by advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship for the second straight season.
UC Daviswomen's tennis also earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for an outstanding Academic Progress Rate (APR) last season, for the seventh straight year, with a perfect score of 1,000.
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Maze was honored by the United States Tennis Association as one of its newest member of the Northern California Hall of Fame for his success as a student-athlete at Stanford, and coach at the Division I level.
Led by Maze, UC Davis defeated two nationally ranked teams in 2013. Two weeks after upsetting their cross-Causeway rivals, No. 63 Sacramento State on its own courts, the Aggies defeated No. 64 San Jose State, on the road, by an identical 4-3 score.
In 2012, the Aggies advanced past the Big West Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in program history. This came one year after Maze was named Big West Coach of the Year in 2011 for leading UC Davis to a 17-7 record and a No. 2 seed at the conference tournament.
Under Maze, the Aggies have posted an overall record of 204-173, including a 64-25 mark in conference matches. As a Div. II team, UC Davis captured the California Collegiate Athletic Association title three times in a row from 1999-2002. Maze was honored as the league's Coach of the Year in each of those seasons. In each of his first eight seasons, UC Davis visited the NCAA Div. II championships and advanced to the quarterfinals five times.
Maze came to UC Davis from nearby University of the Pacific in Stockton where he was the head coach of the women's team for five years. At Pacific, he took an unranked team that had finished sixth in the Big West Conference to a second-place conference finish four of the five years he was there. The Tigers also ended the 1994-95 year ranked 34th nationally in the Division I poll. That finish earned Maze honors as the Big West Conference's Co-Coach of the Year.
Prior to coaching, he was the Director of Tennis at the Harbor Bay Club in Alameda from 1985-90. He also played the pro circuit from 1978-84, competing in all four Grand Slam tournaments and achieving an ATP world ranking inside the top 200.
Maze was the number one ranked 16 year old in the country in 1972, capturing the national 16-and-under title in Kalamazoo, Mich. that year. He went on to Stanford, where he earned his B.S. in economics in 1978. His last two years he co-captained his teams to the NCAA team titles and was awarded the Rafael Osuna Award for "sportsmanship, competitiveness and contributions to the game" as a junior. Under the tutelage of Cardinal coach Dick Gould, Maze was a three-time All-American at Stanford, playing No. 1 doubles with John McEnroe as a senior.
In 2005, Maze brought his former teammate to Davis to play an exhibition match against Wayne Ferreira and help with the dedication of the new Marya Welch Tennis Center.