July 1, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Marty Davis, who has led the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis program to six Big West championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances in his 11 seasons, has been named the Gauchos' Director of Tennis, Director of Athletics Mark Massari announced Thursday.
Pete Kirkwood, the longtime head coach of the UCSB women's tennis program has been named Associate Director of Tennis and he will remain as the head women's coach.
"Marty is just a winner," Massari began. "At Cal, as a pro, and today in leading our young men to Big West championships and NCAA appearances. He's incredibly driven and understands the value of using tennis as a way to achieve in school and life. His Gauchos are great campus citizens, as are our women's tennis players. Pete and Marty have always been a great team. Now I'm excited to partner with them on where tennis is headed for us: and that's fundraising to narrow our scholarship gaps and building national programs."
"I am excited about the potential for both of our tennis programs at UCSB," Davis said. "I believe that Pete and I can develop programs that will be perennial contenders for Big West championships."
While Davis has worked with the women's program in the past, it was on an unofficial level. That will change with his new position.
"I've been working unofficially with Pete and some of the women's teams and players for years," said the six-time Big West Coach of the Year. "I'm excited to have that become an official role."
Prior to his arrival at UCSB in 1999, Davis was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Cal. He was a three-time All-American while competing for the Golden Bears from 1977-1980. He entered the Cal Intercollegiate Hall of Fame in 2005. Following his collegiate playing career, Davis played on the professional tour for 12 years and climbed to as high as 47th in the singles rankings. As a doubles player, he reached the semifinals of the Australian Open twice and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the French Open one time apiece.
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