Friday, September 25, 2015

Shields named Fresno State men's coach

   Fresno State has hired Luke Shields as the eighth men's tennis coach in school history, athletic director Jim Bartko announced Thursday.
   Shields has spent the last two seasons as the associate head coach at Boise State, where he was a three-time All-American. The Broncos won their fourth consecutive Mountain West Conference championship last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.
   Boise State lost to South Florida 4-0 in Blacksburg, Va., in the first round of the NCAAs to finish 15-16 and ranked 59th nationally.
   Shields previously served as an assistant coach for the Washington women for two years, helping them reach No. 49 in 2012 and No. 46 in 2013.
   Shields replaces Evan Austin, who resigned in August after three seasons to become the director at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
   Fresno State finished 16-10 (4-4 Mountain West Conference) last season with a national ranking of No. 65.

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