19th year head coach at Baldwin-Wallace College
1989 Graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College
1989 Academic All American 2nd Team
306-65 current record all at B-W
Brian Rector is the winningest men's tennis coach in Baldwin-Wallace College history and has developed the Yellow Jacket program into being among the best in the Ohio Athletic Conference. His goal is to take the B-W program to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Rector recently completed his 18th season of coaching his alma mater in 2006-2007 as B-W had an outstanding 21-3 record and was the runner-up at the 2007 OAC Tournament. Coach Rector has a career record of 306-65 with an .825 winning percentage and has led three Yellow Jacket teams to OAC titles.
Prior to taking over the team in 1989, Rector was a four-year letterman in tennis, a team captain and a CoSIDA/ GTE Academic All-American player for the Yellow Jackets. He also, at one time, owned all of the B-W single season and career records for singles, doubles and combination victories. Now all of his current and former players own all of his marks.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in business administration in the spring of 1989, Rector immediately took over the reins of the B-W program from his coach and mentor Truman Fields. In his inaugural season, Rector guided the Yellow Jackets to their best-ever record and has since led his squad to new standards of excellence.
"Brian has been an outstanding coach for 18 years and has built our men's tennis program into the best in the OAC and respected both in Ohio and regionally by the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association)," said B-W Athletic Director Steve Bankson. "Year-in and year-out, Brian's team competes for the OAC title."
During the past five years, Coach Rector's teams have established a succession of excellence that is hard to beat. B-W has won 105 of 117 dual matches (105-12) and has an amazing .897 winning percentage. His 2004-2005 team compiled a 23-2 mark to set a single-season record for wins and had a perfect 9-0 slate during the OAC regular season to win one OAC title and then swept its three OAC Tournament matches to claim its second consecutive OAC tourney crown. In 2003-2004, Rector's team compiled the first-ever unbeaten mark of 22-0 in the 104-year history of the OAC. Rector’s men also won both the OAC regular season title with a perfect 9-0 mark and the OAC Tournament title. In addition, B-W had marks of 21-3 this season (2006-2007), 20-4 in 2002-2003 and 19-3 in 2005-2006.
Coach Rector is a strong believer in the NCAA Division III philosophy of the student-athlete. During his coaching career, Rector has mentored three other CoSIDA Academic All-America student-athletes in Kevin Peacock '98, Josh Myers '01 and Bryan Bartunek '02.
"We tell our student-athletes when we recruit them to come to Baldwin-Wallace that they are here to first get a quality education and that playing on a championship tennis team is a part of the benefit," said Rector. "We have had great success both on the court and in the classroom."
Rector has brought the Yellow Jackets to the brink of being an NCAA Division III National Tournament contender. His goal is to take B-W to the NCAA Division III tournament in the very near future.
"Our goals as a team every year are to first go unbeaten during the OAC regular season, then win the OAC Tournament title and hopefully advance to the NCAA Division III National Tournament," said Rector. "Individually, we want each player to excell to the best of his ability in the classroom. We have been fortunate to have a number of players go on to earn Academic All-OAC, Academic All-District and Academic All-American honors."
Rector is currently employed by KeyBank in Cleveland as a Network Engineer and resides in Berea.
This page was last updated on May 8, 2007.