Head Coach Nik DeVore is in his seventh season with the Loyola Marymount men's tennis program. In 2001, DeVore inherited a program that had just five winning seasons to its name. Since then, DeVore has the Lions averaging 15 wins a season with three finishes among the top half of the competitive West Coast Conference.
In DeVore's first season at the helm, the Lions finished 20-6 overall, including 14-0 at home. LMU defeated 57th-ranked Santa Clara for third place in the WCC that season, capping the most successful year in LMU men's tennis history. For his efforts, first-year Head Coach DeVore was named 2001-02 WCC Coach of the Year.
In 2002-03, facing even stiffer competition, the Lions finished 15-10 overall. Nine of their 10 losses were to nationally-ranked programs, and the Lions defeated top-75 Colorado, Yale, and Alabama-Birmingham along the way.
In 2003-04, with a team of mostly freshmen, the Lions started the season 3-5. But DeVore and young Lions went on to win 12 of their final 16 matches to finish 15-9 overall and third in the WCC. LMU also achieved a top-75 national team ranking for the first time in program history after defeating nationally-ranked Yale.
History seemed to repeat itself in 2005-06, as the Lions started the season 1-6, only to win 13 of their last 20 matches against top national teams. That season saw the Lions finish 14-13 overall. During that final streak, the Lions swept Ivy rivals Dartmouth, Princeton, and 66th-ranked Yale.
The Lions annually play an extremely competitive schedule with
an average of 12 to 15 nationally-ranked opponents on the slate each season. DeVore's six-year coaching record at LMU is an impressive 86-64.
The Lions have also enjoyed a great deal of success individually under Coach DeVore. During the 2003-04 season, Tigran Martirosyan won five rounds at the ITA All-American and was ranked among the top-100 players nationally in singles. Martirosyan currently competes on the ATP Tour and is ranked among the top-700 in the world.
In doubles, the Lions' No.1 team of Leo Graeubig and Mike Wojnarowicz were ranked as high as 35th in the nation, and Tigran Martirosyan and Jaakko Asuja were ranked No.54. This marked the first time in school history that LMU individuals had achieved national rankings.
In 2003-04, Nico Terrien achieved an overall record of 27-8 and was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All-WCC. In 2004-05, after missing five months due to surgery on his playing hand, Terrien rallied to go 15-10 during the spring season and was ranked in the top-100 in the Division I national rankings. During that run, Terrien defeated Pepperdine's Pedro Rico, who was ranked eighth in the nation in all of Division I. In 2005-06, Terrien ranked 76th in the country in DI singles.
In addition to their success on court, the Lions have also excelled in the classroom. Over the past six years, the men's tennis program has consistently maintained one of the best overall team grade point averages at LMU. The program is the three-time recipient of the Maureen Schaukowitch Cup, presented to the LMU team with the highest overall GPA. In 2006-07, four players were named to the Dean's List, while four others achieved honor roll status.
DeVore came to LMU via Division I Morehead State University in Kentucky, where he directed the tennis program for three years. The two years prior to his arrival at Morehead State, the men's team had a combined record of 7-28 and finished at the bottom of the conference standings. In his final season at MSU, the men finished 18-8 overall, 8-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, 9-0 at home, and challenged for the conference championship. All of these results were the best in MSU history. Coach DeVore's three-year record at MSU was an impressive 43-29. His 10-year career record as a Division I head tennis coach stands at 140-98 entering the 2008 spring season.
DeVore is a 1988 graduate of Tyler Junior College in Texas, where he received his associate in applied science degree in sports management. He went on to the University of Northern Colorado, where he played No.1 singles and doubles while attaining his bachelor's degree in recreation and kinesiology in 1991. In 1990, DeVore ranked 13th in the nation in singles and was NCC Conference Champion in both singles and doubles. From 1989-91, he competed on the ATP Tour, where he enjoyed a great deal of success before deciding to commit to coaching full time.
Over the years, DeVore has attained a wide range of teaching and coaching experience throughout the United States and Europe. From 1997-2003, DeVore coached US junior teams on European tennis tours through Belgium, Holland, England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain.
From 1997-98, DeVore served as an assistant coach for the seventh-ranked Boise State University men's team. While at Boise State, he had the opportunity to work with two-time NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year Greg Patton and a team that ranked as high as second in the nation in 1997.
Prior to his experience at Boise State, DeVore served as head coach of the men's program at Colorado State University from 1995-96. He also served as head coach at the Cascade Club and Resort in Vail, Colo., where he worked with several top-500 ATP players.
DeVore also enjoyed stints as the head professional at Rolling Hills Country Club in Colo., and as a coach/administrator for the USTA Area Training Center in Libertyville, Ill. He has been a professional-level USPTR Teaching Professional since 1988.
DeVore is considered to be a player's coach and believes that the keys to success in college tennis are team unity, fun, and hard work. More than anything, else DeVore loves working with student athletes and seeing them improve in the classroom, on the court, and as individuals.
DeVore and his wife, Alyssa, reside in Hermosa Beach, Calif.