Gonzaga Names Jonas Piibor Men’s Tennis Head Coach

July 6, 2018

(Courtesy of Gonzaga Sports Information)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga Director of Athletics Mike Roth announced today that Jonas Piibor has been hired as head coach of the men’s tennis program.  

“I am very honored and thankful to be the new head men’s tennis coach at Gonzaga University,” Piibor said. “I would like to thank Mike Roth, Heather Gores and the rest of the search committee for their work, trust and guidance during this process. I am anxious to dive in with total focus and energy each and every day to ensure that Gonzaga men’s tennis is operating the Zag way.”

Piibor arrives in Spokane after having spent the last 10 seasons as associate head coach at Oregon. He replaces Peter MacDonald who resigned from Gonzaga in May to be the Director of Tennis for Sunriver Resort and Sunriver Owners Association in Bend, Ore.

In his 10 seasons with the Ducks, Piibor helped Oregon to its most successful stretch in 30 years. During his tenure, the Ducks posted a 153-96 overall record with 15 or more wins each of the last seven seasons. Most recently, Piibor helped navigate the Ducks to three-straight NCAA Tournament opening round victories in addition to two straight fourth-place finishes in the Pac-12. Both marks are program records.

Oregon has also become a consistent national competitor under Piibor’s guidance, having finished both of the last two seasons in the top 50 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Ducks finished the 2018 season ranked No. 32 in the nation bested only by their 2017 finish of No. 24, a mark that set the program record for the highest season-end ranking. During his tenure, Piibor coached student-athletes to six of the top seven singles seasons in program history and all four of the top doubles seasons in UO history. He also coached Oregon’s all-time winningest player, Jayson Amos, who graduated in 2017 with the program record for singles wins (93).

Prior to Oregon, Piibor spent a combined five seasons at Indiana State, with his first two seasons spent as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach for the 2005-08 seasons. During his time with Sycamores, ISU saw steady growth, finishing the 2007-08 season with an 11-13 overall mark including a 4-2 Missouri Valley Conference record, the best conference mark in years. Piibor also improved the program’s academic standing, and in his last five semesters posted a team GPA of 3.0 or above. Two players were named ITA Scholar-Athlete All-Americans as well as Missouri Valley Conference First Team Scholar Athletes under his guidance.


 

 

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