FAYETTEVILLE — Over the weekend head men’s tennis coach Robert Cox won his 300th and 301st matches at Arkansas with a 4-3 win over Santa Clara and a 7-0 shutout over Pacific University. Cox is now the only tennis coach in Arkansas history to record 300 victories and has elevated his overall career record to 409-329. Only a number of coaches in college tennis have recorded 400 victories in their career.
“I appreciate all the Razorbacks that have played for me over the years that helped represent this school and helped reach this accomplishment,” Cox said. “I’m proud of all those guys and I’m equally proud of how our players behaved in both the wins and the losses. It feels great to get to 300 at a place that I’ve called home for the last 25 years. One of the things I’m most proud of is having a 100 percent graduation rate. That’s one of the things these players have embraced from the very beginning and showed what it takes to be a student-athlete.”
Cox has been the longest tenured head coach for the Razorback men’s tennis team and his number of wins count for nearly 40 percent of all of Arkansas’ wins. Over the last 24 years, Cox has led Arkansas to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, six regional finals and one Sweet 16 appearance. He has also notched 13 seasons with 12 or more victories, coached 11 teams that were ranked in the top-35 at the end of the year and produced 12 All-Americans.
From 1980-2007, under Cox’s guidance, the Razorbacks were ranked in the top-30 of the nation at some point during each of those seasons with the exception of the 2000 season. Arkansas’ highest national ranking under Cox came in the 1992 season when the team finished the year at No. 17.
In addition to the All-America selections, Cox has had 23 All-SEC selections and seven SWC champions, two ITA national champions, two ITA top-ranked singles players and one ITA No. 1-ranked doubles team.
The 2012 Razorback men’s tennis team will begin the SEC portion of its schedule this weekend as Vanderbilt and Kentucky will visit the Billingsley Tennis Center on Friday and Sunday respectively. Friday’s match with Vanderbilt is set to begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s match with Kentucky will have first serve at 11:30 a.m.
RAZORBACK ALL-TIME COACHING RECORDS
1. Robert Cox (1988-present) 301-304
2. Tom Pucci (1976-84)
3. David Kossover (1968-71)
4. Jeff Cook (1972-75)
5. Ron Hightower (1985-86)
6. John “Red” Davis (1955-58)
7. Dr. Rodney Ryan (1961, 1967)
8. Jay Donathan (1965)
9. Dr. John Kane (1959-60)
10. Mike Patrick (1987)
11. Chuck Barnes (1964)
12. Dr. Dale Robey (1966)
13. Jay Dickey (1962-63)