Former Lamar player David Wong is in his eighth season as head coach of the women’s tennis team at Lamar University after spending two years as an assistant.
Wong knows the rich tradition of Lamar tennis as a former Cardinal player, and continues to build the program with the idea of returning to that success. In his first year, Wong took a pair of young teams and began to see them grow by the end of the season.
"My main goal is for the players to have a good college experience and continue the strong tradition of Lamar tennis, both academically and on the courts."
Last year Wong coached the LU women to a second place finish in the regular season and guided them to the Southland Conference tournament championship and their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Wong helped coach the Lady Cardinals to a fourth place finish in the Southland Conference standings in 2000, his second season as an assistant, and two players off that team were named all-conference. In 2002, Wong had a pair of all-conference players as former Lady Cardinal Catalina Paz earned all-conference, while former men's player Jakob Paulsen was named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. Andrea Martinez earned 2006 SLC Player of the Year honors as well as first team all-conference honors at No. 1 doubles with partner Tara Shelander while Pamela Martinez was named the 2006 SLC Newcomer of the Year. In 2007 Kaltrina Harbuzi was tabbed the SLC freshman of the year and in 2008 Mariaryeni Gutierrez also earned the distinction. In 2008, Gutierrez and Harbuzi were named first team all-conference at No. 2 and No. 3 singles while Manami Kuroda was named second team all-SLC at No. 6. Two of the Lamar doubles pairs earned all conference honors, as Martinez and Gutierrez at No. 1 and Harbuzi and Salina Aranda at No. 3 were named to the second team.
A scholarship athlete at Lamar from 1980-84, Wong's international ties are a big asset to Lamar's recruiting. Wong has also benefited from playing for top coaches, such as legendary Lamar coach Ron Wesbrooks. Wesbrooks led Lamar to five Southland Conference championships in 17 seasons. During Wong's four seasons at Lamar, the Cardinals put together a 57-43 team record and the 1980 team is one of only three Lamar teams to win 20 matches in a season.
He also played for, and trained under, Ken DeKoning, who was a former Davis Cup player and team captain for Holland, and Humphrey Hose, a number one player for Venezuela who reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 1975. One of his first coaches was Eddie Ras from Aruba, who is widley recognized as one of the top coaches in the Caribbean.
As a player, Wong has continued to excel as evidenced by his 1996 No. 2 ranking in the state of Texas in Men's 35 singles. He and his wife were also the no. 1 ranked Husband/Wife Doubles team in Texas that same year.
A USPTA certified Tennis instructor, Wong has worked with state and nationally ranked junior players, as well as adult tennis teams in local, sectional and national levels.
A 1997 graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Wong currently resides in Nederland with his wife Missy. Wong has three children -- Michael, Sydney and Jayci, and two stepchildren -- Brandon and Mindy.