Nik DeVore will be in his fourth season as the University of Pennsylvania's Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men's Tennis in 2010-11.
The Quakers started off the 2009-10 season strong, with numerous players reaching the finals of fall tournaments, including Eugen Brazdil's victory in Flight A of the Princeton Invitational. At one point, Penn was 9-2 and ranked 68th nationally -- the program's best Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking since 2007. Freshman Jason Magnes went 26-8 overall, while Brazdil won 18 matches and ranked as high as fourth in the Northeast Region.
During DeVore's second year, 2008-09, Hicham Laalej was ranked in the top six in the Northeast Region and 105th in the ITA National Singles rankings. He finished the year by receiving first-team All-Ivy. Jonathan Boym, meanwhile, received honorable mention All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy. In the fall of 2008, three players made the Round of 16 at the ITA Regionals. The 2008-09 Penn men were also honored as an ITA All-Academic Team, and three players were ITA Scholar Athletes (Jonathan Boym, Zach Gorn, Justen Roth).
In his first season at the helm, DeVore led the Quakers to wins in seven of the team's first eight matches, finishing the season with a 12-11 mark and a 3-4 record in Ancient Eight play. The Red and Blue also had two players honored by the Ivy League, as Jason Pinsky -- who ranked as high as 59th nationally -- was a unanimous first-team selection while Eric Riley was an honorable mention selection.
DeVore arrived at Penn with outstanding credentials. He spent the previous six seasons as the head tennis coach at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif. Prior to DeVore's arrival in 2001, the Lions had achieved just five winning seasons in school history and regularly finished toward the bottom of the West Coast Conference standings. During his tenure, however, the Lions have averaged 15 wins per season and finished in the top four in the WCC three times - this despite playing a schedule with an average of 12-15 nationally ranked teams per season.
In DeVore's first season (2001-02), the Lions finished 20-6 overall, went 14-0 at home, and defeated #57 Santa Clara for third place in the WCC. The results were tops in school history. For his efforts, DeVore was named 2001-02 WCC Coach of the Year. In 2002-03, facing even stiffer competition, the Lions finished 15-10 overall, with nine of the ten losses coming to nationally ranked programs. In 2003-04 - with a team comprised mostly of freshmen - the Lions started the season 3-5 but went on to win 12 of their final 16 matches to finish 15-9 overall and third in the WCC. The young Lions also achieved a top 75 national team ranking for the first time in school history. In 2005-06 the Lions got off to a 1-6 start, but won 13 of their last 20 matches against top national teams and finished 14-13 overall. DeVore's six-year record at LMU was 85-64.
The Lions enjoyed a great deal of success individually as well under Coach DeVore. During the 2002-03 season, Tigran Martirosyan won five rounds at the ITA All American and was ranked among the top 100 players nationally in singles. In doubles, the #1 team of Leo Graeubig and Mike Wojnarowicz were ranked as high as #35 in the nation, and Tigran Martirosyan and Jaakko Asuja were ranked #54. This marked the first time in school history that LMU individuals had achieved national rankings. In 2003-04, Nico Terrien achieved an overall record of 27-8 and was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-WCC.
In addition to their success on court, the Lions also excelled in the classroom - as the program consistently maintained one of the best overall team GPA's at the University, and on three occasions won the Academic Excellence Award which goes to the team with the highest overall GPA. In 2006-07 four players were named to the Dean's List, while four others achieved honor roll status.
Prior to his Loyola Marymount stint, DeVore directed the men's tennis program at Morehead State University in Kentucky for three years. The two years prior to his arrival at Morehead State the men's team had a combined record of 7-28 and finished at the bottom of the conference standings. In his last season at MSU the men finished 18-8 overall, 8-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, 9-0 at home and challenged for the conference championship. All of these results were the best in school history. Coach DeVore's three-year record at MSU was 43-29.
DeVore received his associate's degree from the tennis technology program at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in 1988, and in 1991 he graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in recreation. During his career at UNC he played No. 1 singles and doubles, and in 1991 he was NCC champion in both singles and doubles. During the summer months from 1989-91, DeVore competed in professional tennis tournaments before deciding to commit himself full-time to coaching.
Over the years, DeVore has attained a wide range of teaching and coaching experience throughout the United States and Europe. From 1997-2003, DeVore coached U.S. junior teams on European tennis tours through Belgium, Holland, England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. In 1997-98 he served as assistant coach for the Boise State University men's tennis team. While at Boise he had the opportunity to work with two-time NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year Greg Patton and a team that ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation. Prior to his experience at Boise State, DeVore served as head coach of the men's tennis club team at Colorado State University in 1996-97; head coach at the Cascade Club and Resort in Vail, Colo., where he worked with several ATP and WTA players; head professional at Rolling Hills Country Club in Colorado; and coach/administrator for the USTA Area Training Center in Libertyville, Ill. DeVore has been a professional-level USPTR Teaching Professional since 1988.
Nik and his wife, Alyssa, reside in Center City.