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COACHES

CHRIS BIZOT  |  HEAD COACH

Chris Bizot joined the UT Tyler athletic family in 2004 as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach and has quickly continued his professional string of building successful programs.

He enters the 2016 season with a 413-196 record and has led the Patriots to 16 NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

2015 once again saw both the UT Tyler men and the women win the American Southwest Conference title, the second in-a-row for both teams and the seventh championship out of the last eight seasons.

The UT Tyler men reached the NCAA postseason once again, while three players, Chris Wootton, Daniel Budd and Frankie Fischer earned All-American and All-Region honors. 

UT Tyler's women also reached the NCAA postseason for the seventh time in program history, while Tori Musngi, Jennifer Payne, Nicole Musngi, Sarah Moses, Janae Warren and Emily Hoover earned All-ASC honors.

Coach Bizot earned his eighth Coach of the Year honors on the men's side, and the ninth Coach of the Year honors on the women's side.

2014 was another historic year for both the men's and women's teams, as the men won their sixth ASC tournament championship matching the women, who also set a program record for wins with 19.

The UT Tyler men had seven members named All-ASC, while Bizot was named ASC Coach of the Year for the seventh time of his career on the men's side.

The 2014 UT Tyler women won 19 matches, including a dramatic 5-4 win over rival Texas-Dallas to clinch the ASC tournament title.  Six players were named All-ASC, while Bizot once again garnered Coach of the Year honors for the eighth time on the women's side.

2013 saw the men's team go 22-6, setting a record for most wins in a season with 22 while senior Ryan Ybarra was named ASC East Player of the Year.  Teammate Daniel Brown was chosen as ASC Newcomer of the Year with Bizot once again being named ASC East Coach of the Year.  Ybarra and Brown helped lead the Patriots to the second-round of the NCAA team tournament and also found a spot in the men's singles and doubles tournament.  As a doubles team, Ybarra and Brown finished in the round of eight before falling to Emory.

The women once again reached the ASC Finals in 2013, but were unable to win their sixth ASC title in-a-row.  Four players, Haley Albro, Emily Evans, Nicole Musngi and Katy Zagurski were named All-ASC while Jessica Blundell and Jennifer Payne each garned divisional honors. 

In 2012, the men's team finished the season with an overall record of 17-5, while going a perfect 6-0 in the ASC on their way to their eighth consecutive ASC East title and fifth consecutive ASC tournament crown. The men, yet again, earned the right to play in the NCAA tournament. The women, just as impressive as the men, also won their fifth straight ASC title while boasting a 18-4 record and 6-0 in conference, while advancing to the NCAA field.

Also in 2012, coach Bizot earned the Wilson/ITA West Region's women's coach of the year.

In 2011, the Patriots men's team finished with a 18-7 record, including a 5-0 record in American Soutwest Conference matchups.  The men won their seventh consecutive ASC East title, and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.  The women finished with a 17-8 record, including a 5-0 record in ASC matchups.  The women won their sixth consective ASC title and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

Even more impressive, the UT Tyler men and women also each have active match win streaks against division opponents dating back to Bizot’s arrival, with the men having won 45-straight and never lost during his tenure, next to 40 consecutive wins against east division opponents for the women.

A twelve-time ASC East Division Coach of the Year selection – six with the women and six with the men – Bizot has coached a total of 123 all-division, 88 all-conference and 15 all-American selections during his stint with the Patriots in addition to eight ASC East Newcomers of the Year, 10 East Division Players of the Year and six Freshmen of the Year.

Bizot has had two players, Dustin Phillips (2009) and Kevin Wright (2012) earn tennis’ most prestigious national award in the Arthur Ashe Award from the ITA. Phillips became the first Patriot in school history to collect the honor a week after being named one of four national finalists representing the NCAA’s West Region. Wright earned the award in 2012, after leading the Patriots to their fifth straight ASC crown, and an appearence in the NCAA tournament.

The 2009-10 season was yet again a success for the Patriots, with both teams claiming division and conference titles and making repeat trips to the NCAA Regionals. Ranked in the ITA Top 30 for the entire season, the women posted a 17-4 mark and made it to the second round of the NCAAs with the men following at 16-7 and their second trip to the NCAA regional championship match in three seasons.

At season’s end, UT Tyler racked up in all-conference accolades, led by junior Michelle Hagler and sophomore Ashley Albro who were named the ASC East Player and Newcomer of the Year. In total, eight women and eight men were selected to the all-East Division Team, mostly comprised of first teamers. Brad Fenter and Nick Kreines also were named the first doubles All-Americans in school history after winning the ITA Southwest Regional in Dallas back on Sept. 28, 2009.

Prior to joining UT Tyler, Bizot was the NCCAA National Women’s Coach of the Year for Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., a member of the NAIA. His men's and women's teams were both ranked in the Top 20 and qualified for the national championships during his two seasons, with the women’s team winning the 2004 NCCAA National Championship.

A four-year team captain during his playing days at Mississippi College, Bizot holds a masters in history and also a bachelors in administration of justice.

He and his wife, Rachel reside in Tyler with their children Camden and Bryson.

 

JOE VANN  |  ASSISTANT COACH

In his first season back as assistant coach, Joe Vann helped the Patriots clinch the American Southwest Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championship on both the men's and women's side.

Vann, a 2009 graduate of UT Tyler returns to the position he held from 2007 to 2010 under coach Bizot, with responsibilities including recruiting, player development and match scheduling.

During his time with the Patriots as a coach, Vann helped the men's team to two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and three American Southwest Conference championships.  He also helped the women to three NCAA DIII Regional Semifinals and three ASC Championships.

In two seasons with UT Tyler as a player, Vann played No. 1 doubles and No. 6 singles and was named ASC East Division Honorable Mention and Academic All-Conference.

Vann helped start the ETBU tennis programs in 2012, helping the Tigers to historic success in his second year.  Tyler Tolopka was named the ASC East Division Freshman of the Year in 2013 while the women's team posted an impressive 3.75 GPA over two years.

During his coaching career, which included a stop at NCAA D1 Austin Peay, Vann has coached seven NCAA DIII All-Americans, two Arthur Ashe Award winners, two NCAA D1 All-American Individual Tournament Qualifiers and 45 ASC All-Conference players.

Vann holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Tyler with a minor in Science.  He and his wife Jennifer currently reside in Longview.

 

CHRIS WOOTTON  |  GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Bio Coming Soon!

 

JENNIFER PAYNE  |  GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Bio Coming Soon!