York Strother returned to UC Riverside, his alma mater, to take over the men's tennis program in the summer of 2001.
Strother had coached the women's team at the University of Texas, El Paso since 1992, and in his tenure, transformed the program into one that achieved national recognition. In his nine seasons, he posted a career record of 97-125 and had earned national rankings in each of the past seven seasons.
In the 1994-95 season, Strother guided UTEP to its first national ranking, and also had the program's first-ever nationally ranked player in Andrea Petrovic. In 1997-98, UTEP finished the year nationally ranked for the first time, as well as ranked in the top 10 regionally. On March 23, 1999, UTEP reached its highest national ranking to date, peaking at #46. In nine years at UTEP, Strother has produced 11 All WAC honorees, 19 All WAC Academic honorees, one Southwest Region "Player to Watch", one NCAA participant, one Academic All American, and one NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship national finalist.
Prior to joining UTEP, Strother had worked at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, UCR, and Reicher Catholic High School in Waco, Texas. After three years as an assistant, for both the men's and women's teams, at UNLV, he became the women's head coach in 1991-92 and compiled an 18-5 (.783) mark, the highest single-season winning percentage in Rebel women's tennis history.
Before joining UNLV, Strother was the assistant coach for the men's tennis team at UCR from 1985-88. While at UC Riverside, the program went from No. 18 to No. 5 in the NCAA division II national rankings, with four All-Americans, and its first-ever bid to the NCAA Team Championships.
From 1984-85, Strother was the head coach at Reicher Catholic High School, in Waco, where he led the boys' team to its first TCIL State Championship, and the girl's team to a second-place finish.
Strother served as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Area Training Center Coach from 1988-92, in Las Vegas. He performed the same role in El Paso from 1992-2000. He was a USTA Clinician in 1996. Strother served on the ITA Southwest Region Operating Committee, and the NCAA Southwest Region Committee. He has also served as the 1996 USTA Southwest Section 16 Zonal coach, and in 1997 and 1999 as the USTA Southwest Section G18 Jar. Fed Cup coach. He has also done public speaking for the USTA.
Strother earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California-Riverside, after finishing his collegiate career at Baylor University. In his free time he enjoys hiking, running, tennis, listening to blues and jazz. He and his wife, Veronica O'Brien, UCR's women's soccer coach, reside in Riverside.