San Jose, Calif.-----Sylvain Malroux, the University of Nevada women's tennis coach the last six seasons, is the new San Jose State University women's tennis head coach. Marie Tuite, the Spartans' deputy director of athletics, made the announcement.
Malroux's teams compiled a 76-57 win-loss dual match record. Five of his six teams had winning records. Each Wolf Pack squad reached the semifinal round of the annual Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament.
Two of his teams were nationally ranked in a final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking. The 2009 team was ranked 65th and sixth in the Northwest region and the 2007 squad was 66th nationally.
His players earned eight first-team and nine second-team All-WAC honors, two Freshman of the Year awards and 34 academic All-WAC designations.
"Sylvain stood out in a very competitive applicant pool for our head coaching position. He has been successful in every tennis venture he has undertaken as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He is a proven recruiter with well-established recruiting contacts all over the world. We're looking to Sylvain taking San Jose State tennis to new heights," says Tuite.
Malroux doubled as the University of Nevada men's team head coach for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
"I want to thank (athletics director) Tom Bowen, and Marie Tuite and John Poch of his staff for this opportunity to be San Jose State's new coach," says Malroux, a native of Aurillac, a city in south central France nearly 350 miles from Paris. "I am extremely excited to be a part of this program and am certain that we will take the Spartan tennis team to a new level."
"We are going to work really hard and focus on recruiting top student-athletes. We want student-athletes that want to play as a team, players who get excited about competing and improving, and want to get an education at a great university. I believe with this we can become very competitive and compete for a WAC championship quickly."
He began his American college coaching career at Clemson University in 2001 as an assistant coach. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) named Malroux the Division I Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. In four seasons, the Tigers competed in the NCAA Championships each year and reached the Final Four in 2004 and 2005. Clemson was ranked in the top-20 in the final ITA national poll in 2003 (19th), 2004 (5th) and 2005 (10th).
The 2004 Clemson graduate also has higher education State Diplomas from his native country. He played his college tennis at Anderson College in South Carolina. There, he was the 49th-ranked NCAA Division II singles player and 18th in doubles as a senior at the end of the 2001 season.
Before coming to the United States, Malroux trained at the French Federation Sports-Etudes - the number-one school for elite French athletes. As a coach in his native country, he was instrumental developing top players in France and Corsica and worked with the French Federation and the French Army.
Malroux replaces Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church, who now is San Jose State's director of operations for Olympic sports after serving 19 seasons as the women's tennis head coach.