First year success leads to long-term expectations for UI men's tennis
Lefteris Theodorou prepares for Davis Cup competition
Kareem Allaf and Robin Haden join a rising Iowa program in 2015
Jonas Larsen will join the Iowa program in 2015
Hawkeyes end their season
Penn State at Iowa Sunday, April 19, 2015
No. 11 Ohio State at No. 66 Iowa Friday, April 17, 2015
Iowa Men's Tennis vs Illinois
Hawkeyes Fall to No. 69 Indiana, 4-3
The Iowa Hawkeyes face Purdue in Iowa City
Ross Wilson, a former two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion at Ohio State, enters his second season as head coach and third year with the University of Iowa men's tennis program.
In his first season as head coach, Wilson guided the Hawkeyes to both team and individual success. Wilson guided and molded a lineup that comprised mostly of four freshmen to a ranking as high as 45th nationally -- its highest ranking ever since the ITA expanded their rankings. Iowa amassed more wins than the previous 23 seasons, including two wins over ranked opponents and five against Big Ten competition, which are the most wins over league competition in five years.
Individually, Matt Hagan became Iowa's 18th student-athlete to be recognized on the first All-Big Ten team. The senior was ranked as high as 79th nationally in singles and 31st in doubles with partner Dominic Patrick. Hagan and Patrick made history last fall becoming only the second Iowa first-flight Big Ten Doubles champions, and first since 1958, in program history. Hagan also became just the third Hawkeye, and first since 1999, to reach the ITA Regionals Semifinals in singles.
Undaunted by having a lineup stacked with freshmen, Wilson was able to get the most of his young and talented roster. Three freshmen shared the team lead in singles victories in fall and spring competition. Jake Jacoby, Josh Silverstein and Lefteris Theodorou all recorded 20 singles wins. Silverstein also had success at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships, advancing to the semifinals.
Wilson began his Iowa coaching career in the fall of 2013 as an assistant coach. In his first season with the Hawkeyes Wilson made an immediate impact, helping the program secure a pair of five-star recruits in Silverstein and Jacoby.
Wilson, the 2012 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year and ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, came to Iowa after serving as assistant coach at nationally-ranked San Diego during the 2012-13 season.
Wilson was a standout at national power Ohio State from 2002-06. He was a two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion. Wilson broke the Buckeyes' overall career wins record, career doubles wins record and single season doubles wins record in 2006. He was part of the only doubles tandem in the history of college tennis to ever win back-to-back ITA National Indoor titles (2005 and 2006) and was part of the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the nation those seasons.
Following his collegiate playing career in Columbus, Wilson played two years on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2007 and 2008, winning three ITF Pro Circuit titles. Wilson also coached at the professional level as the personal coach of Sharon Fichman, who was ranked among the top 100 women in the world on the WTA tour.
Wilson helped guide San Diego to an 18-10 overall mark and a 6-2 conference mark in 2013, as the team made its third-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Wilson coached four Toreros to all-conference honors, as San Diego climbed as high as No. 26 in the ITA rankings.
Prior to joining the staff at San Diego, Wilson served as the men's and women's assistant coach at Kenyon College from 2010-2012. He helped guide the men's team to their first NCAA Division III Tournament finals appearance in program history in 2012, while also helping lead the team to a No. 2 final ITA national ranking -- the highest in program history. Wilson was named the 2012 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year and the ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He coached three singles All-Americans at Kenyon, one doubles All-American team and an NCAA Tournament singles semifinalist.