Mait DuBois has cemented his stance as one of the nation's top tennis coaches by carrying the Seahawks to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three seasons.
He enters his fifth year with the program in 2011-12 after guiding the Seahawks to Colonial Athletic Association titles in 2009 and 2011. Overall, DuBois begins his 14th year as a coach on the NCAA Division I level.
With DuBois leading the way, the Seahawks have joined the elite of NCAA men's tennis, climbing to as high as No. 38 in the 2011 ITA's weekly rankings. He has won 75 percent of his matches (70-24) in four seasons on the coast.
In 2010-11, DuBois took the Seahawks to the NCAA Regionals in Athens, Ga., with several of the CAA's top performers. Michael Pereira and Kinshuk Sharma earned First-Team All-CAA honors in singles and Chris Cooprider collected Second-Team accolades. Cooprider and Sharma were also selected First-Team All-CAA in doubles.
The Seahawks fashioned an 18-4 record during the regular season and then defeated James Madison, Georgia State and VCU for their second CAA title on April 24, 2011. Sophomore Chris Cooprider was voted the Most Outstanding Player in the event after going a perfect 6-0 in the three-day event in Norfolk, Va.
On the heels of his second CAA crown, DuBois was invited by the USTA to participate in the group's High Performance Coaching Program in the conjunction with the Davis Cup during the summer of 2011. He joined several of the nation's top collegiate coaches and professionals Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick to analyze current trends in technique, tactics and training.
The 2011 championship came one year after the Seahawks narrowly missed out on back-to-back titles in 2009-10. Still, UNCW had an outstanding season, rolling to a 15-6 record and advancing to the semifinals of the CAA Tournament. The Seahawks made it all the way up to No. 48 in the rankings.
DuBois coached his club to a 19-6 overall record and unblemished 7-0 conference record in 2008-09. More importantly, UNCW collected its first No. 1 seed in the CAA Tournament, captured the CAA title, and advanced to the NCAA Tennis Regionals for the first time.
In the process, the Seahawks earned their first national ranking and rose as high a No. 58 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. DuBois was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year and the Wilson-ITA Mideast Region Coach-of-the-Year.
Several Seahawk players were honored for their accomplishments in 2008-09. Sophomore Illia Ziamtsou was selected as the outstanding player in the CAA Championships and three other players collected conference honors.
Michael Pereira earned First-Team All-CAA honors in singles, Kinshuk Sharma was named Second-Team All-CAA in singles and Ryan Ybarra made Third-Team All-CAA in singles. Sharma and Ybarra were also included on the Second-Team All-CAA doubles unit.
In their first year under DuBois in 2007-08, the men's team tied UNCW's all-time record for dual match victories with a 15-7 mark, had two members voted All-CAA and featured a Top 20 National Recruiting Class (www.tennisrecruiting.net).
In the fall of 2008, DuBois was selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to take part in a High Performance Coaching Program at the US Open professional Grand Slam event. A select group of High Performance Coaches from across the country met to consult and study with the USTA in the development of top level professional players from top junior players.
The Charleston, S.C., native has been a part of seven conference championship teams and eight NCAA Tournament appearances during his successful career.
Prior to UNCW, DuBois was an assistant at North Carolina State. He helped the Wolfpack achieve its second straight post-season berth, a No. 41 national ranking and coached Daria Petrovic and Alejandra Guerra to the NCAA Division I Doubles Championships in Athens, Ga.
DuBois was an assistant men's and women's coach on four Big South championship squads from 1998-2001, and also played a key role as the Buccaneers racked up three NCAA Tournament appearances. DuBois was selected head men's and women's coach at CSU in 2002 and guided the Buccaneer men to the BSC title, an NCAA Tournament berth and its highest national ranking.
Following two years as the head skipper at CSU, DuBois accepted a position as assistant women's coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia. The Cavaliers landed a Top 30 national ranking, and DuBois was nominated for Assistant Coach-of-the-Year in the region.
DuBois then moved on to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member N.C. State, where he assisted women's coach Hans Olsen for three seasons. The Wolfpack advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2005-06, setting program records for victories and conference wins. With DuBois on the staff, N.C. State qualified for the NCAA Tournament in both 2006 and 2007, featuring a pair of All-ACC performers, and setting records for total victories (2007) and wins over ranked opponents.
DuBois is a certified Level I Teaching Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and completed the United States Tennis Association (USTA) "High Performance Coaching" certification in 2006.
After working briefly as a tennis professional at two clubs, he served as a traveling coach with "Tennis Europe." Traveling to numerous ITF events, he helped American junior players work towards establishing a world ranking.
DuBois was a four-year tennis standout at Charleston Southern from 1993-96. He was team captain in 1995 and 1996 and was named the Most Valuable Player on CSU's 1996 Big South Conference Championship team.
DuBois earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at CSU in 1996 and completed his Master's degree in Business Administration from CSU in 1999.