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Cowboy tennis visions future with new head coach

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Mens Tennis OSU vs. Michigan

OSU Cowboy Tennis huddles up at the start of the match before the Cowboys play No. 4 Michigan Wolverines on Feb. 21, 2020 at the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The long national search is over. 

Dustin Taylor, former assistant and associate head coach at Virginia has been hired as the OSU men’s tennis head coach. 

Taylor was a standout tennis player at the University of Tulsa in the 2000s. 

Taylor also worked with the United States Tennis Association. 

Taylor comes with an outstanding resume at Virginia. 

The Cavaliers won national championships in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

In an interview with OSU Athletics, Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young is excited for the future of OSU men’s tennis. 

“I think the future is extremely bright for Cowboy tennis to accomplish things that have never been done before,” Young said. 

The change comes after both Jay Udwadia and Sco Jenkins coached the team in the spring. 

“It’s a great day for Oklahoma State men’s tennis,” Young said. “I think we have a great history with our men’s tennis program but anytime you have a change like this, someone special like Dustin comes in the program, it’s very exciting.” 

Add the national championships at Virginia with an ITA National Indoor Championship and two NCAA singles titles. 

Being an Okie himself, Taylor is proud of the opportunity to be close to where he once was. 

“It’s a dream come true to come back to the state of Oklahoma, where I met my wife, played my college tennis and now became a Cowboy,” Taylor said. 

Taylor said that he already has goals for his players to gain his trust. 

“My goal is really to bring my players freedom, fulfillment and life,” Taylor said. “How you get there is certainly a lot of hard work and there are some principles to be able to provide that.”

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