|Honors:||2012: Big West Coach of the Year; 2009: Big West Coach of the Year; 2008: Big West Co-Coach of the Year; 2007: Big West Co-Coach of the Year; 2006: Big West Coach of the Year; 2003: Big West Coach of the Year; 2002: Big West Coach of the Year|
Marty Davis is in his 16th season
as the head men's tennis coach at UCSB.
The Gauchos have claimed seven Big West Championship titles under the leadership of Davis, including their most recent title in 2013.
Following the 2012 season, he was awarded his seventh Big West Conference Coach of the Year award. Davis was chosen Coach of the Year four consecutive years from 2006-09, guiding the program to Big West crowns and NCAA Tournament bids each season.
Under Davis' guidance, numerous UCSB players have reached outstanding heights. In 2000, his first season at the helm, Simon Shen was named Big West Player of the Year after going 20-0 in dual match singles, 30-3 overall and advancing to the NCAA Championships as an individual. In 2002, not only did the Gauchos win their first league titlte under Davis, but Carlos Palencia was named Big West Player of the Year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as well. Palencia repeated both feats in 2003.
In 2006, Davis tutored Nick Brotman to Big West Player of the Year honors, in 2008 it was Philip Therp and in 2009 Alex Konigsfeldt earned the honor. In addition to Player of the Year awards, Bijan Hejazi (2006) and Therp (2007) each named Big West Freshman of the Year.
Davis earned Big West Coach of the Year honors in 2006 after guiding the Gauchos to the 2006 Big West championship and an automatic bid into NCAA Tournament. He was also selected the league's Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2003 after leading the Gauchos to consecutive Big West Conference titles and NCAA bids.
An accomplished professional
player, Davis played 12 years on tour (1980-91), finishing in the
top-50 in prize winnings five times. He also finished ranked among
the top-100 in singles five times and he reached a career-high
singles ranking of 47th in 1985. During his time as a professional
player Davis played in 35 Grand Slam events. He reached the
semifinals in doubles at the Australian Open on two occasions and
he reached the doubles quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the French
Open. Davis posted four ATP singles championships and four ATP
doubles titles. Over the years, he recorded wins over such players
as Brian Gottfried, Ilie Nastase, Johan Kriek and Aaron Krickstein.
He remains one of the winningest professional players currently
coaching in collegiate tennis having won 340 Grand Slam and ATP
Davis was instrumental in launching the ATP Tour in 1990 as a founding member of the board of directors. Over the years he held several positions with the ATP, including Director of Player Services, manager of the ATP Tour Headquarters Tennis Facility and Director of Licensing. Prior to his arrival in Santa Barbara, Davis was an assistant coach at Cal.
Among his other experiences in the world of tennis, Davis has provided color commentary for ESPN, USA Network and Prime Network.
Davis was a three-time NCAA
All-American as a collegiate player at Cal from 1977 through 1980
and helped lead the Golden Bears to four top-ten finishes. In his
senior year, Davis' Cal team won the national indoor title and
finished second in the NCAA Tournament. In October of 2005, he was
inducted into his alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2010
he was inducted into the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame.
Davis graduated in 1980 with his BA in Economics.
Davis is married to his wife Jill and has two sons. His eldest son, Taylor graduated from UC San Diego in 2012 and his youngest son, Kyle, graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2014.