Head Coach Zubin Engineer
Zubin Engineer's fourth year at the helm for the Southern Miss men's tennis team ended with a 21-5 record, the best record during his time with the Golden Eagles.
Not only was this Engineer's most successful season in charge, but also the second best record in Southern Miss history. Along with the successful record, sophomore Jorman Reyes set two school records with two 11-match win streaks. Reyes now sits at No. 2 in Golden Eagles history and finished the season 22-2 overall.
The Golden Eagles posted 12 shutouts this season, four of which came on the road. Chao-Yu Huang finished his career with the Golden Eagles with a 68-27 record. Huang and doubles partner, Wen-Po Tseng dominated on court 2 with 18 wins and concluded the season with seven straight wins.
The Golden Eagles rounded up their season at the C-USA Championships and made it to the semifinals for the first time since 2009. The Golden Eagles beat FAU 4-3 to make it to the semis, their third C-USA win of the season. After the 21-win season, Engineer posts a fourth consecutive winning season with a 64-34 record (.653) and finishes with the APR 992.
Along with the athletic performances, Engineer's team excelled in the classroom. Six of the seven players made 3.5 or higher including Mikhail Espiov who earned a 4.0 and was named the Southern Miss President's Honor Roll for this accomplishment.
Engineer's third season with Southern finished with a 16-9 overall record. The team went 3-0 to begin the season with wins against Florida A&M, Jacksonville State and Alcorn State.
During the 2015-16 season, five of Engineer's players finished with a winning season. Huang and Tseng had the most successful season for the doubles teams with a 20-7 record. Both singles and doubles teams ended with a winning season for a second season in a row.
His second season in charge, Engineer improved his teams record earning four more wins than the previous year. The 15-9 season had five players earning a double-digit win season in singles play. The Golden Eagles earned big wins against Arizona, SIU, Bucknell and Boston Univeristy led by Alex Doleac who was also named to the C-USA All-Academic team.
In his first season, Enigneer's team finished with a 12-11 record as four players notched double digit wins in singles. Senior Paulo Alvarado earned C-USA Athlete of the Week during the regular season for his outstanding performance.
The Golden Eagles also won their first round match in the Conference USA Championship with a 4-3 win over Old Dominion to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
Engineer holds 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, Davis Cup, Federation Cup, National and International levels before his time at Southern Miss. Engineer has trained at the highest of level including multiple national teams and three Davis Cup teams.
Engineer's national coaching experience has stretched to four continents while training elite athletes.
Engineer began his coaching career in 1991 in India with Britannia Amritraj Tennis (B.A.T), where he was part of a program that produced a Junior Wimbledon player and a Junior U.S. Open champion as well as multiple Davis Cup players and Indian national champions. Vikrant Chadha, a member of the B.A.T team, was a member of India's Davis Cup team and went on to play for the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and was only the 13th All-American in Ole Miss Tennis history. Chadha was instrumental in taking the Ole Miss team to two NCAA Final Fours.
From 1991-2002, he held several administrative and coaching positions with elite clubs and academies in India, Thailand and Malaysia.
In 2003, Engineer co-founded The Tennis Academy of Asia in Thailand, Asia's largest international tennis academy, where he served as both a coach and director until 2008.
During his tenure with The Tennis Academy of Asia, he recruited players from 35 countries to train year-round at the 14-court facility. He trained the Davis Cup teams of both Malaysia and Sri Lanka as well as produced an Asian Junior Girls champion, a world No. 26 ranked player from New Zealand and developed many elite players who won ITF events. Engineer's academy hosted prestigious international events like Junior Fed and six ITF junior and pro circuit events.
In 1998, Engineer was instrumental in playing a key role in preparing the Thailand national team for the Asian Games and South East Asian Games. The team won the first-ever Asian Games Gold Medal and four Southeast Asian Games medal. Paradorn Srichaphan, a member of the Thailand national team won the Asian Games Gold medal and went on to achieve the status of Asia's highest ranked tennis player in history when he reached No. 9 on the ATP Tour in 2003, and Danai Udomchoke, who achieved world top 100 status on the ATP tour in 2007.
In 2009, Engineer made the jump to the American College scene when he became head men's and women's tennis coach at Loyola University New Orleans, where he led the effort of the school to field both a men's and women's tennis program for the first time since 1997. Engineer's women began competing in 2009 and the men in 2010.
During his tenure, Loyola's men received the NAIA 5 Star Team Champions of Character National Award in 2011 out of 258 teams and nine of his student athletes maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. His student-athletes have won numerous awards such as NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Award, SSAC individual Champions of Character Awards, SSAC Freshman of the Year, NAIA honorable mention All-American. Coach Engineer is also a certified professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Advanced Level II certified coach. He has attended a USPTA coach's clinic and 4 ITF coaches' workshops.
Engineer earned his Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree in Psychology with a Magna Cum Laude GPA of 3.86 from Loyola University New Orleans. He received the outstanding scholar award from the College of Social Sciences and was inducted as a member of the Jesuit Honor Society.
Engineer also earned his Master of Science Degree with Honors in Sport Management in 2016 with a 3.93 GPA.
Engineer's wife, Piyanart Engineer, is from Thailand and the assistant tennis coach since 2008 for the women's and men's tennis teams at the University of New Orleans.