John Roddick enters his fifth season as the head coach of the University of Oklahoma men's tennis program. During his tenure Roddick's Sooners have finished in the top 25 and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament each year.
In his first year, Roddick led the Sooners to its first ever trip to the Elite Eight at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., after knocking off third-ranked Texas in the Round of 16. Additionally, OU crowned two All-Americans in Andrei Daescu and Costin Paval, another program best.
This past year Roddick's squad advanced to the conference title match for the first time since 1997, after the Sooners ousted No. 5 and top-seeded Baylor in the semifinals.
Roddick is a former professional tennis player and coach and before being hired he was director of Roddick Total Tennis, a high-performance boarding academy in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, which he operated from 2002-09.
Also during that time, from 2006-08, he coached his brother, Andy, a former No. 1-ranked player in the world, on the ATP Tour. In 2006 and again in 2008, John was the Team Captain for the United States' World Team Cup squad.
Roddick's Division I experience came as an assistant coach at Florida State for the 1999-00 school year and then at his alma mater, Georgia, from 2000-02. Georgia dominated college tennis during that time and won the 2001 NCAA team title. The Bulldogs also reached the 2002 NCAA Team Final.
Born in Omaha, Neb., Roddick was a world-class player. He was a four-time All American at Georgia from 1995-1999 and was named UGA Athlete of the Year in 1998. Also at Georgia, he was a three-time SEC All-Academic selection.