UNLV defeats UC Riverside 4-0
Rebels host four teams starting Friday morning.
Senior star did not lose a set during week's work at ITA event.
Four-player contingent took part in Napa.
Former Utah, Davis Cup standout joins defending conference champs.
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD PCT. MW FINISH MW TOUR 2016 UNLV 15-10 .600 5-2 T2nd 3-0/1st 2015 UNLV 13-10 .565 3-4 6th 0-1/T5th 2014 UNLV 13-11 .541 3-3 5th 0-1/T5th 2013 UNLV 17-7 .708 4-2 3rd 1-1/T3rd 2012 UNLV 7-16 .304 1-4 5th 0-1/T5th 2011 UNLV 14-11 .560 3-3 4th 0-1/T5th 2010 UNLV 13-12 .520 2-4 T5th 1-1/T3rd 2009 UNLV 14-12 .538 2-4 6th 1-1/T3rd 2008 UNLV 10-12 .455 3-3 T3rd 0-1/T5th 2007 UNLV 13-14 .481 3-3 T3rd 3-0/1st 2006 UNLV 13-9 .591 2-4 4th 0-1/T5th 2005 UNLV 16-8 .667 2-3 3rd 1-1/3rd 2004 UNLV 12-7 .632 3-1 2nd 0-1/3rd CAREER 13 YRS 170-139 .550 36-40 10-11 *2007 ITA Mountain Region Head Coach of the Year*
The man who brought UNLV men's tennis program its first-ever Mountain West championship -- Owen Hambrook -- is back for his 14th season, which is the third-longest tenure among all current UNLV head coaches.
The 2007 ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year is in second place all-time in victories at the school with 170 and in 2016 led the program to its second Mountain West Tournament championship and a return trip the NCAA Tournament.
The 2013 Rebels finished at 17-7 overall, which marked the most wins for the program since 1997, and produced the MW Freshman of the Year.
The 2011 men's squad produced the program's first Mountain West Player of the Year -- Mehdi Bouras -- in six seasons while Hambrook sent both a singles player (Bouras) and a doubles team (Bouras and Bernard Schoeman) to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1999. The Rebels also led the way in the classroom as a league-leading seven players earned Academic All-MW honors.
The 2010 team made it two consecutive winning seasons after the 2009 squad finished with more dual wins (14) than all but one Rebel squad since 1997 and reached the semifinals of the MW tournament for the third time under Hambrook.
In 2007, the Rebels' team title was not only the first league crown since the school was part of the Big West Conference in 1996, but it also took a program with a proud history back to the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time in nearly a decade. That season was also highlighted by Elliot Wronski earning a spot in the NCAA singles event and the squad turning in the highest combined GPA of any Rebel sport.
Named the sixth head coach in Rebel history but the first new leader since 1992, Hambrook moved over to the men's side in 2003 after serving as the top assistant for Kevin Cory and the UNLV women's team.
After leading the men's team to a 10-win improvement in his first season overseeing the program as an interim coach, Hambrook was rewarded for his efforts by getting the job permanently, the athletic department announced on June 4, 2004. That decision paid off immediately for the school as the 2005 Rebels posted the most victories (16) since 1997, finished 10-1 at home, downed a top-10 team for the first time in school history and returned to the ITA top 40 for the first time since 2001.
The list of accomplishments also included the school's first MW Player of the Year and ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year in NCAA singles qualifier Henner Nehles.
The 2006 squad won 13 times and continued to successfully defend its home courts with a 9-1 mark at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. In fact, the UNLV men boast a shiny 70-23 home record under Hambrook.
All of this success was not the norm at the beginning of the decade as Hambrook took over a squad that had set a school record for futility in 2003 with a 2-14 record. However, he quickly pushed the team back into the national rankings for the first time in two years and UNLV's 12-7 overall mark in 2004 included a second-place regular-season finish in the MW and the best home record (9-2) since 1997. The season also produced a qualifier for the NCAA Singles Championship.
Prior to taking over the men's squad, Hambrook spent four years as an assistant with Lady Rebel tennis, including serving on the staff of the 2003 MW regular-season champions, and the 2000 and 2002 league tournament champion women's teams. In 2002, Hambrook was recognized for his work when he was named ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, only the second such honor in school history.
Hambrook joined UNLV after having served as director of the state's largest junior program -- the Junior Tennis Academy at the Sports Club of Las Vegas from 1996-2000. Previously, the certified tennis professional worked as the tennis pro at the MGM Grand Hotel for two years.
Before moving to the Silver State, he served as pro at the Barrybrooke Tennis Club in Kansas City, Mo., and then was director of the Heartland Tennis Camp at Missouri Western State College from 1993-95. Active in the USTA, he has been head coach for the Southern Nevada USTA Training Center and was honored as a USTA High Performance Coach in both 1998 and 2000.
A 1991 graduate of Northwest Missouri State, Hambrook was a three-year member of the Bearcats' tennis team. He and his wife Julie, have a son, Jack and a daughter, Hannah.