Boomer Saia has been hired as the new assistant coach for the Texas Tech Women’s Tennis program, Head Coach Todd Petty announced Tuesday.
“We are very excited to welcome Boomer to Texas Tech,” Petty said. “He has great work ethic and a passion for collegiate tennis. He will be a great addition to our program.”
Saia comes to Lubbock after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt.
While at Vanderbilt, he helped coach top-ranked players Astra Sharma (#2 in the country) and Sydney Campbell (#8 in the country) to All-American tournament semifinals and National Indoor semifinals. He also helped the Commodores to the SEC regular season and tournament championships and a NCAA Final Four appearance.
Before his time in Nashville, Saia spent two seasons with the University of Oklahoma’s women’s tennis team.
Prior to coaching with the Sooners, the Arkansas City, Kansas native, was the volunteer assistant coach for the Kansas women’s tennis team under former Texas Tech assistant coach Todd Chapman.
During his time at Kansas, Saia saw the team reach a program high ranking when the team reached No. 33 in the ITA polls.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be a part of Texas Tech Athletics and to become a Red Raider! I’m beyond excited to be working alongside with Coach Petty and the team,” Saia said. “I have been able to watch the Texas Tech Women’s Tennis program grow into consistently one of the best teams in the country. I am very thankful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Saia is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas where he earned a degree in sports management with a minor in business. He also earned his Master of Education degree with an emphasis in sports administration from Kansas in 2013.
Saia played collegiate tennis at Cowley College in his hometown of Arkansas City, Kan. He advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA national tournament while playing No. 3 doubles with Roger White as a sophomore. He helped the Tiger tennis team place 11th at nationals in 2008 and ninth nationally in 2009.
(Courtesy: Texas Tech Sports Communications Department)