LUBBOCK, Texas – Hayden Perez, a three-time recipient of the ITA’s Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, has been named Texas Tech’s new women’s tennis associate head coach, announced head coach Todd Petty on Tuesday.
“We are very excited to have Hayden join our program,” said Petty. “He is a proven winner and will bring a lot of excitement and energy to our program. Texas Tech Tennis is very fortunate to be adding one of the brightest coaches in college tennis to our staff.”
Perez replaces Todd Chapman, whose position became available when he was named head coach at the University of Kansas in June.
“I am excited to be joining the Texas Tech Women’s Tennis program and the Red Raider Family,” said Perez. “Todd has already brought the program to national prominence and I can only hope to help build off that and help him and the team accomplish even more. I look forward to the challenge and I am ready for this new chapter in my coaching career.”
Perez, a native of Abilene, comes to Texas Tech from the Nebraska, where he served as associate head coach. He helped lead the Cornhuskers to the 2013 Big Ten regular season title and a No. 16 national ranking. During his eight seasons with the program, the Huskers went an impressive 152-58.
Perez has been honored as the ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year while at Nebraska in 2007, 2010 and 2012. He has helped the Huskers climb in the national rankings from 56 in 2009 to an impressive 16th to conclude the 2012 and 2013 seasons. While in Lincoln, he also helped Nebraska record five NCAA appearances in seven seasons, including a Sweet Sixteen showing this past season.
He has helped developed three All-Americans and the 2013 NCAA Singles Finalist Mary Weatherholt. Who was named the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete Of The Year.
Prior to his arrival at Nebraska, Perez spend one season (2004-05) on staff at Florida State, where he helped guide the Seminoles to a No. 43 ITA ranking and an appearance in the NCAA Championships.
Perez also served stints at Wyoming and Air Force and was the Director of Player Development for the Intermountain Section of the United States Tennis Association in Denver, Colo., where he was responsible for all aspects of junior competition including rankings, endorsement opportunities and scheduling.
As a player, Perez earned MVP honors twice and advanced to the finals of the Midwest Region Championships in 1996 while playing at Cameron University. He was ranked as high as No. 17 in singles and earned a top-five national ranking in Men's Open Doubles by the U.S. Tennis Association.
At Collin County (Texas) CC, Perez helped the team to an NJCAA national team championship in 1995, when he won the doubles national title and earned first-team All-America honors. Perez earned a No. 1 national ranking in doubles and was ranked in the top 30 in singles play at the junior college level.
Perez, who won at least 20 matches in each of his four years of collegiate tennis, was previously a member of the Abilene (Texas) High School squad that won the 1991 Class 5A state title. He still plays competitive tennis on the national scene in the Men's 30 Division and in select tournaments throughout the year.
Perez graduated from Cameron University in 1999 with a business administration degree, and is married to the former Gretchen McGeough. They have two sons: Tristen (4), and Tanner (1).