Al DuFaux, a 1973 graduate from the University of Missouri (also holds a masters degree from UM) is in his 13th season as the head coach of the women’s tennis team after joining the University of Tampa athletic staff in September of 1999.
Among the feats DuFaux has accomplished for his program are defeating the first NCAA Division I opponent, Green Bay (3/19/09). In 2006, DuFaux also led the Spartans to their first NCAA tournament appearance as UT finished the year with a program record 15 victories.
Among the players DuFaux has coached at UT include all-time singles win leader Caitlin Scudder and Heather Eli, who ranks second on the all-time singles wins chart. Both players are also one-two on the all-time doubles wins list.
Before coming to Tampa, DuFaux coached at Tampa Gaither High School . He has also worked as an umpire with the United States Tennis Association and as a referee for junior events. Among the WTA events, DuFaux has officiated for tennis stars such as Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova and Jennifer Capriati.
In addition to coaching and umpiring, DuFaux is certified with the United State Professional Tennis Registry, United States Tennis Association and United States Racquet Stringers Association, and also works as a community tennis instructor at Meadow Point.