July 3, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Bronco alumnus Luke Shields has been named Boise State Men's Tennis Associate Head Coach, head coach Greg Patton announced Wednesday (July 3). Shields joins the program after spending two years as an assistant women's tennis coach at Washington.
"I want to thank Coach Patton and Boise State University for this great opportunity," Shields said. "I am extremely excited about coming back to Boise and am thrilled to work with such a legendary coach. Our competitive spirit mixed with our work ethic will lead to this program reaching new heights."
During his two seasons at Washington, Shields helped guide the women's team to 49th-and 46th-place finishes in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The Huskies' tandem of Gray Ysidora and Natali Coronel paired to win the 2013 Pac-12 doubles championship for the first time in school history.
After graduation in 2008, Shields stayed with the Broncos and assisted for two seasons, helping the 2009 Bronco squad made the NCAA Round of 16 for just the second time in program history, upsetting 14th-ranked Alabama in the second round. Shields then spent the 2010-11 season as the women's tennis assistant coach at Marshall University. In that one season, the Thundering Herd was ranked as high as 34th nationally.
As a player, Shields was ranked as high as fifth nationally in singles and fourth in doubles during his career. He made the NCAA Doubles Championship all four years, with round of 16 finishes in 2005 and 2008, and made the NCAA Singles Championship three times with a round of 16 run in 2005. He was named an ITA All-American in singles in 2007 when he finished the year ranked 13th, and grabbed All-America honors in singles and doubles in 2005 as a freshman, finishing the 2005 season ranked eighth in doubles. The Broncos won the Western Athletic Conference team title in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Shields was named to the All-WAC First Team every year and was earned the title WAC Freshman of the Year in 2005.
Shields also excelled in the classroom and was recognized for his exemplary sportsmanship. He received the USTA Sportsmanship Award at the 2007 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships and was named to the WAC All-Academic Team all four years of his career.
"I'm ecstatic for our program and personally because Luke has been a part of my tennis journey for the past 20 years," said Patton. "My relationship has grown from coaching him at the junior national team to coaching him as an All-American at Boise State. He is an integral part of my life and has always been at the heart of the Bronco Tennis family."
Shields is the brother of Clancy Shields, who was the Boise State assistant from 2011-13 before taking the accepting the head men's tennis coach position at Utah State, May, 2013.
"I lost one of the greatest assistant coaches in the universe and I get the person he was cloned from, his older brother Luke who taught him everything he knew," Patton said.