EDINBURG, Texas – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Thursday that West Nott, who spent 10 years (2007-17) as the associate head coach at the University of Southern California (USC), is the new women's tennis head coach.
Throughout his tenure at USC, Nott guided the Trojans to four Pac-12 Team Championships (2009, 2012, 2013, and 2015) while reaching the Final Four in the NCAA Team Championships in 2012 and 2015.
He helped the USC reach No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings in 2015 while earning the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. USC went on to record a program record 25 wins while going undefeated in Pac-12 play, which led to Nott earning ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year after also being recognized in 2009.
"On behalf of the department of intercollegiate of athletics, I want to welcome West to the UTRGV family," UTRGV Interim Director of Athletics Rick Anderson said. "We are excited to add West to the list of great coaches that we have here at UTRGV. He has been able to get the best out of his programs wherever he has been, and we are confident that he will lead our program, which has been among the best in the WAC over the last few years, to continued success."
Nott helped USC to four top-10 national team finishes, coming in at No. 9 in 2009, No. 4 in 2012, No. 6 in 2013, and No. 2 in 2015. He has coached five National Individual Champions and led Maria Sanchez to the ITA National Player of the Year in 2012.
Nott has also had three recruiting classes in the top-five nationally, coming in at No. 2 in 2011 and 2014, and No. 4 in 2015.
Prior to joining USC, Nott was the volunteer assistant coach for the men's team at the University of Washington, where he helped lead the team to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Team Championships while coaching Alex Slovic to the semifinals at the NCAA Singles Championship.
"I am extremely grateful lto be joining all the wonderful people at UTRGV," Nott said. "Everyone from the top to the bottom made me feel at home on my visit and I consider myself very lucky to join such a fantastic group. I want to give special thanks to Vince Volpe who went above and beyond in sharing his time, in addition to James Martinez and Nathan Burke. I feel very fortunate to have Chasse Conque leading the way. He will be great to work with as he takes UTRGV into the future. The best part of all this will be meeting the team and getting to work."
Most recently, Nott has served as the Director of Junior Tennis at Bobby Riggs Racket and Paddle since 2018. He oversaw over 100 tennis members and designed programming to cover all levels of play.
Nott graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2004 after playing three seasons on the men's tennis program. He finished his career fifth in program history in wins while posting the second most doubles victories in a single season.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT WEST NOTT
Howard Joffe, University of Texas Women's Tennis Head Coach
UTRGV appears to have a Midas-like knack of attracting exceptional talent to their women's tennis program. With the hire of West Nott, they have once again succeeded! West is a brilliant coach and an exceedingly likeable person who will continue to attract good talent and develop them on and off the court. The student-athletes with whom he is now charged just had a big win!
Sheila McInerney, Arizona State University Women's Tennis Head Coach
I think West is a great hire for the UTRGV women's tennis program. West loves tennis and his passion for the game and knowledge of the game will be invaluable as he builds on and elevates the program at UTRGV. West has coached at the highest level of collegiate tennis and he will gain the confidence and trust of his players very quickly. I see nothing but success for UTRGV women's tennis under West's leadership.
Julia Sell, LSU Women's Tennis Head Coach
West is a high-caliber person and coach. His ability to connect with his players combined with his incredible tennis knowledge and skill set make him a world-class hire!
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