This past week, the Texas Tech men’s tennis coach, Tim Siegel, announced that he was retiring as the head coach of the Red Raiders. Prior to his announcement, Tim had been the longest serving coach for Texas Tech. Assistant coach James Wilson has been named the interim head coach while a nationwide search for Siegel’s replacement is underway. While Tim will continue to coach tennis in Lubbock for Lubbock-Cooper ISD, where his children attended, TTU will miss his presence on the court.
In his 23 seasons at Tech, he led the Red Raiders to 330 dual match wins and 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including the past 2 seasons. Tim twice won the Big 12 Tennis Coach of the Year award. He also was the women’s tennis head coach from 1997-1999. In his retirement statement he said, "This decision will allow me to spend more time with my family… These past 23 years have been incredible. I want to thank all of my former and current players, and all of the great people I have worked with at Tech. I love Texas Tech with all of my heart, and will continue to be the biggest supported of this great University. Guns Up!"
Before coaching at Texas Tech, Tim was a pretty good tennis player in his own right. During his collegiate career at Arkansas, he three times won the Southwest Conference men’s singles title and was twice an All-American. After college, he went pro. In doubles, he was a World Top 100 player and played in three of the four tennis majors, the hard courts of the US and Australian Open and the grass at Wimbledon.
Texas Tech athletics fans around the world should be grateful for the consistent level of success that occurred under Tim Siegel. Best of luck to Coach Siegel and his family as they embark on new endeavors! GUNS UP!
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