NORMAN — College of Oklahoma head males’s tennis coach Nick Crowell introduced Luke Shields as affiliate head coach on Wednesday.
Shields involves Oklahoma after a six-year head teaching tenure with the Fresno State males’s tennis program, the place he led the Bulldogs to their first Mountain West Convention championship in 2019. Below his management, Fresno State posted an undefeated residence mark in 2021, and in 2019 it made its first journey to the NCAA Championship since 2012.
“We can’t be extra excited so as to add Luke as the following affiliate head tennis coach right here on the College of Oklahoma,” Crowell stated. “Luke is extensively thought of one of many high younger coaches within the sport and has the expertise to assist take our program to new heights.”
Throughout his time in The Valley, Shields was named the 2017 and 2019 Mountain West Convention Coach of the Yr. Moreover, he was honored because the ITA Northwest Area Coach of the Yr in 2019.
“I’m extraordinarily excited for this new alternative to return to Norman,” Shields stated. “Coach Crowell has been an amazing colleague of mine all through our years as coaches. I sit up for partnering with him in build up OU tennis to fulfill the usual all of us have for it.”
Shields led Fresno State to 12 All-Mountain West singles and 4 All-Mountain West doubles staff picks. Often called one of many nation’s high recruiters, Shields signed the Twenty second-ranked class in 2019 and has huge recruiting expertise everywhere in the nation.
The Bulldogs went 20-4 in 2021, racking up this system’s most wins since 2012 and its greatest profitable share (.833) this century. Shields ushered in one of the crucial profitable stretches in Fresno State historical past, profitable a convention championship and ending ranked inside the highest 60 nationally in every of the final two seasons.
“Luke did an exceptional job at Fresno State earlier than this system was sadly minimize resulting from monetary causes,” Crowell stated. “He’s an excellent recruiter and developer, and due to these attributes, he earned convention coach of the 12 months a number of occasions, gained the convention championship and led this system again to the NCAA match.”
Earlier than his run at Fresno State, Shields served because the affiliate head coach at his alma mater, Boise State, from 2013-15. Throughout the 2013-14 marketing campaign, he helped information the Broncos to a 28-5 document, their greatest mark in practically 20 years, and a ultimate ITA rating of twenty ninth. As well as, his time at Boise produced two convention championships and berths within the NCAA Championship.
Earlier than returning to his alma mater, Shields, who’s from Grand Junction, Colo., spent two seasons because the assistant ladies’s tennis coach at Washington, the place the Huskies completed inside the highest 50 each years.
Following his commencement from Boise State in 2008, Shields stayed on the faculty as a volunteer assistant for 2 seasons and helped the Broncos to the NCAA Spherical of 16 for the second time in program historical past.
He spent the 2010-11 season at Marshall College, serving as the ladies’s tennis assistant coach. Throughout that season, the staff was ranked as excessive as No. 34 nationally.
Shields loved a collegiate enjoying profession that noticed him rank as excessive as fifth nationally in singles and fourth in doubles. He represented Boise State on the NCAA Doubles Championships all 4 years and completed within the Spherical of 16 in 2005 and 2008. Moreover, he reached the NCAA Singles Championship 3 times, together with a Spherical of 16 look in 2005.
Shields earned ITA All-America honors for singles competitors in 2007 after ending the 12 months ranked thirteenth, in addition to for singles and doubles as a freshman in 2005. He capped his freshman season ranked eighth in doubles. He led the Broncos to WAC championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and earned All-Wac First Staff honors each season.
“Luke’s expertise as one of many nation’s premier collegiate tennis gamers will improve our program on the courtroom and in recruiting,” Crowell stated. “He is so personable and relates effectively along with his athletes and employees. His composure and poise beneath strain helps him to be top-of-the-line, and best, coaches on the market.”
Shields will be part of an Oklahoma squad that made its eleventh consecutive NCAA look in 2021. Led by Crowell, who’s getting into his sixth 12 months at OU in 2021-22, the Sooners rallied to 4 wins over ranked opponents final season.
“I am unable to wait to get to work with this group,” Shields stated. “With Coach Crowell’s management, I do know we’re going to have the very best requirements on and off the courtroom, and compete for championships yearly.”
In 2008, Shields earned his undergraduate diploma from Boise State in communications with an emphasis in secondary training and kinesiology. His brother, Clancy, is the pinnacle males’s tennis coach at Arizona.