Dave Porter
Dave Porter
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (808) 675-3755
Email: porterd@byuh.edu

Career Highlights

  • Coach Porter's combined career record of 1,322-172 is second all-time for combined wins in collegiate tennis. He trails Jim Schwitters by five wins.
  • Was the inaugural coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams.
  • He has coached nine undefeated seasons.
  • Started the school’s men’s tennis program in 1984 and has helped BYU-Hawaii become a national tennis powerhouse with 11 national championships (9 women’s and 2 men’s).
  • Achieved 1,000 collegiate coaching victories in fewer contests than any coach, in any sport, in any division in NCAA history.
  • Also the first coach in NCAA tennis history to coach both men’s and women’s teams to national championships in consecutive years (2002 and 2003).
  • Received the Educational Merit Award in 2007 from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • Also awarded the United States Olympic Committee’s “Doc” Counsilman Award for tennis in 2004, given to the one individual who best combines coaching and sports science.
  • Has been the president of the 15,000-member United States Professional Tennis Association and is currently the Chairman of International Testing and the Player Development Committees.
  • Was named the USPTA Alex Gordon Professional of the Year in 2012. Has also been named an International Master Professional by the Registry of Professional Tennis in Spain.
  • In only his third season (1994-95) at the helm of the women’s tennis program, Porter guided the team to the first undefeated season in any sport in school history. His 27-0 record earned him his first National Coach of the Year Award.
  • In six seasons of competing in the NAIA, Coach Porter’s women’s team finished in the top five in the nation every year and won the national title in both 1997 and 1998.
  • Has the highest winning percentage of any NCAA women’s tennis coach in history (673 wins, 22 losses, .968 winning percentage).
  • Has led BYU-Hawaii to the second-most national championships in Division II women’s tennis history.
  • Not only was Coach Porter’s BYU-Hawaii women’s tennis team the only team in any sport to win its first 100 matches at the NCAA level, but it also went 321-2 over the first ten years of its NCAA Division II existence.
  • Also worked closely with the Chinese national women’s tennis team, specifically the women’s doubles gold medal winners in Athens 2004 (Li Ting and Sun Tian Tian), and the 2006 Australian and Wimbledon doubles champions (Zheng Jie and Yan Zi).
  • In 16 seasons as a member of the NCAA Division II, the women’s tennis team has been in the national championship match 12 times.

Coaching Experience

  • Has coached tennis at BYU-Hawaii since 1984, starting the program and making him the first and only tennis coach BYUH has ever had.
  • Began his career at BYU-Hawaii as an assistant basketball coach from 1982-1984.
  • Assistant coached women’s volleyball in 1984.
  • Has been named the ITA National Coach of the Year six times.
  • Has been named District, Regional and/or Conference Coach of the Year more than 30 times.
  • Won 17 conference titles, more than 40 national tournament appearances, coached 13 NAIA First-Team All-Americans, 41 NCAA Division II All-Americans, and produced 5 NAIA scholar athletes.
  • Coached KP Balaraj, recipient of AO Duer Award for the top scholar athlete in any division of collegiate sports.

Personal

  • Received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, where he also played collegiate tennis and basketball.
  • Received his doctorate degree from the University of Hawaii.
  • He is a member of MENSA.
  • Served a mission in New England for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young man and is still active in church work.
  • Married to Lorrie Porter and they have four children (Tara, Lincoln, Dillon, and Taylor) and 10 grand children.
  • Enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with his family.

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