Boise State men's tennis has become a familiar player on the national collegiate tennis scene thanks in large part to head coach Greg Patton, who is in his 18th season at the helm of the Bronco men's tennis program. Patton has led Boise State to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in the past eight years and six conference titles since the beginning of his second tenure in 2003.
Patton has put together an impressive 731-338 record over 32 years as a collegiate head coach, which currently ranks him fifth nationally for most wins by an active NCAA Division I men's tennis coach. A large part of that success has come during his 17 years at Boise State, where he has posted a 380-145 record while winning 10 conference championships in three different conferences.
Since returning to Boise State in 2003, Patton guided the team to back-to-back Mountain West Tournament Championships during his first two seasons in the conference, as well as a regular-season title in 2011. He also earned WAC titles in four of seven seasons (2003, 2005-07) as well as a WAC regular season championship in 2009. Patton coached numerous players to All-America status during his tenure, including Clancy Shields in singles as well as Kean Feeder and James Meredith in doubles in 2009.
While successfully leading the Broncos program, Patton has captured many individual honors including being inducted to the Boise State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2001), NCAA National Coach of the Year (1997), Intercollegiate Tennis Association Region Coach of the Year (1994, 1997, 2004, 2012), Mountain West Coach of the Year (2012), WAC Coach of the Year (2004-07, 2009), Big West Coach of the Year (1997) and Big Sky Coach of the Year (1993-96).
Patton has been credited with turning Boise State into a national tennis power since his arrival in 1993. In his first season at the reigns of the Broncos, Patton led the team to its first conference championship since 1974. His success did not stop there as Boise State won the Big Sky four consecutive seasons (1993-96) and the Big West Championship its first year in the league (1997). During the 1997 season, Boise State was ranked as high as second in the nation and went to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships, finishing fifth in the process.
Other Coaching Eperience
Patton was the U.S. Collegiate National Team coach for three years (2009-12) where he guided the team to three world championships (2009, 2011 and 2012) and one runner-up finish.
Following the 1998 season, Patton accepted a position as a coach with the U.S. National team. Patton coached at the junior level from 1998-2003 leading the National Boys' 14s to the 2003 World Cup Championship, defeating teams from Argentina and Spain in the process.
Patton also coached the junior national team from 1984-87 leading many junior players to top five world rankings. At the junior level, Patton helped groom some of the finest tennis players America has had to offer including Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, David Wheaton, and Malavai Washington.
Prior to becoming the head coach of Boise State in 1993, Patton coached at U.C. Irvine from 1979-92. During his tenure he led the Anteaters to nine Big West championships (1981, 1983-85, 1987-90, 1992) and multiple top 25 finishes in the final national rankings. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1987 and was a five-time Big West Coach of the Year. He was elected to the UC Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Patton played his collegiate tennis at U.C. Santa Barbara from 1972-74. His first job as a coach was with his alma mater from 1976-78 before spending time at CSU Bakersfield (1978-79) and then moving onto U.C. Irvine.
Patton and his wife Christa have a daughter, Chelsea, and a son, Garrett. Garrett is a two-time Idaho High School State Tennis Champion and is a sophomore on the Boise State men's tennis team this season.