Jonas Piibor Named Men’s Tennis Head Coach
July 5, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga Director of Athletics Mike Roth announced today that Jonas Piibor has been hired as head coach of the men’s tennis program.  

“I am very honored and thankful to be the new head men’s tennis coach at Gonzaga University,” Piibor said. “I would like to thank Mike Roth, Heather Gores and the rest of the search committee for their work, trust and guidance during this process. I am anxious to dive in with total focus and energy each and every day to ensure that Gonzaga men’s tennis is operating the Zag way.”

Piibor arrives in Spokane after having spent the last 10 seasons as associate head coach at Oregon. He replaces Peter MacDonald who resigned from Gonzaga in May to be the Director of Tennis for Sunriver Resort and Sunriver Owners Association in Bend, Ore.

“We are very excited to welcome Jonas to Gonzaga,” Associate Director of Athletics Heather Gores said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our men’s tennis program, and he did a fantastic job resurging the Oregon men’s tennis program over the last 10 seasons. We are confident in his leadership and the future of Gonzaga men’s tennis under his direction.”

In his 10 seasons with the Ducks, Piibor helped Oregon to its most successful stretch in 30 years. During his tenure, the Ducks posted a 153-96 overall record with 15 or more wins each of the last seven seasons. Most recently, Piibor helped navigate the Ducks to three-straight NCAA Tournament opening round victories in addition to two straight fourth-place finishes in the Pac-12. Both marks are program records.

Oregon has also become a consistent national competitor under Piibor’s guidance, having finished both of the last two seasons in the top 50 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Ducks finished the 2018 season ranked No. 32 in the nation bested only by their 2017 finish of No. 24, a mark that set the program record for the highest season-end ranking. During his tenure, Piibor coached student-athletes to six of the top seven singles seasons in program history and all four of the top doubles seasons in UO history. He also coached Oregon’s all-time winningest player, Jayson Amos, who graduated in 2017 with the program record for singles wins (93).

Prior to Oregon, Piibor spent a combined five seasons at Indiana State, with his first two seasons spent as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach for the 2005-08 seasons. During his time with Sycamores, ISU saw steady growth, finishing the 2007-08 season with an 11-13 overall mark including a 4-2 Missouri Valley Conference record, the best conference mark in years. Piibor also improved the program’s academic standing, and in his last five semesters posted a team GPA of 3.0 or above. Two players were named ITA Scholar-Athlete All-Americans as well as Missouri Valley Conference First Team Scholar Athletes under his guidance.

Piibor also played collegiately for Indiana State, carrying the Sycamores to three straight NCAA tournaments. He was a two-time NCAA Individual Championship qualifier (2000, 2001), and over the course of his career was ranked 28th nationally in singles, 50th in doubles, was the top ranked player in the Central Region in singles, ranked fourth in doubles in the Central Region, was elected the ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year in 2001, and was named ITA Region V Player to Watch in 2000.

Piibor graduated from Indiana State in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in fitness and exercise science and received his master’s degree in adult fitness from ISU in 2005.

With Piibor's hiring, Gonzaga Athletics has opened the men's tennis assistant coaching position and will begin a national search to fill the vacancy immediately.



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