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Clancy Shields to Lead Males’s Tennis By means of 2026

TUCSON, Ariz. – College of Arizona head males’s tennis coach Clancy Shields has agreed to a contract extension via the 2026 season. Shields, who has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Yr every of the final two seasons, has led Arizona to back-to-back NCAA Event appearances for the primary time since 2010.
 
“Clancy continues to raise and develop Arizona Males’s Tennis right into a program of nationwide distinction, successful back-to-back Pac-12 Coach of the Yr honors and guiding our program to its first-ever Candy 16,” Heeke stated. “After turning Arizona Males’s Tennis from a program on the rise to an elite program, Clancy has created an environment of excellence that produces excellent success on the court docket, within the classroom and locally. I stay up for seeing our males’s tennis program maintain that excellence for years to come back.”
 
Shields, the one two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Yr in Arizona historical past, has taken the Arizona males’s tennis program to locations it has by no means been, culminated with a Candy 16 look within the 2021 NCAA Event the place the Wildcats battled No. 3 Tennessee to the final set. The Wildcats completed in season with a program-record 21 wins and completed in second place within the Pac-12, Arizona’s greatest end in class historical past.
 
“I wish to thank Dave Heeke and our administration for his or her large assist and entrusting me to guide this unbelievable program,” Shields stated. “I am very excited and grateful to be teaching right here on the College of Arizona. This place is particular; from our employees to our student-athletes, to the unbelievable neighborhood, it’s an honor to name Tucson house. I wish to thank our student-athletes and coaches for all of the laborious work they’ve put in to raise this program to the place it’s at the moment. They’ve constructed a championship tradition that pulls greatness and we’re all excited to maintain constructing this for a few years to come back.”
 
In his fifth season as head coach, Shields turned the primary coach to be named back-to-back Pac-12 Coach of the since 2014 and is the fourth coach in Pac-12 historical past to take action.
 
Due to the management and training of Shields, Arizona’s 2021 season was one of the best in class historical past and the person accolades adopted go well with. Freshman Gustaf Strom was named Freshman/Newcomer of the Yr, the primary in Arizona historical past and was additionally named First Workforce All-Pac-12, Arizona’s first First Workforce choice since 2009.
 
Jonas Ziverts was named to the Second Workforce for the second-consecutive season whereas Alejandro Reguant and Filip Malbasic had been named honorable point out. Shields additionally helped Reguant develop into the winningest participant in Arizona historical past.
 
The long run is vibrant for the Wildcats in addition to the 2020 recruiting class was ranked No. 6 within the nation.
 
Not solely have the Wildcats thrived on the court docket throughout Shields’ tenure, they’ve exceled within the classroom as effectively. From 2018 to 2020, Arizona males’s tennis was named an ITA All-Educational workforce and are on observe to be named an ITA All-Educational workforce for the fourth 12 months in a row.
 
Moreover, a minimum of one student-athlete has been on the Pac-12 All-Educational workforce in every year of Shields’ tenure. Within the final two seasons, males’s tennis positioned 4 student-athletes on the Pac-12 Spring Educational Honor Roll.

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