“Timeflies when you’re winning,” although a variation of the age-old cliché, is really what should be said about ninth-year head coach Patric DuBois. Since arriving at the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall of 1994, DuBois has comprised a 184-124 overall combined coaching record and a 77-17 conference record.
The numbers are impressive, but the resume is amazing. Five men’s and four women’s Southland Conference regular season championships, four men’s and three women’s SLC Tournament crowns and three women’s and one men’s NCAA National Tournament appearances are just the highlights of this seven-time men’s SLC Coach of the Year as the Mavericks’ head coach.
In 1996 DuBois added to his duties by becoming women’s head coach in addition to head coach of the men’s squad. DuBois then added two solid assistant coaches, first Tory Plunkett and then current associate head coach Christian Wassmer. Since making these additions, the women’s once dormant team has turned into a powerhouse that has not lost a match in SLC regular-season play since 1998.
DuBois came to UTA from Northwestern State University, one of the Mavericks’ Southland Conference rivals, located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While at Northwestern, he applied the Midas touch and led the Lady Demons to the SLC championship, earning his first SLC Coach of theYear award. DuBois led his team to a 63-35 record in five years. DuBois has become a notable recruiter in his tenure at UTA. On the men’s side, Christian Jaeger and Andy Leber have combined to win the last six SLC Player ofthe Year awards, while Leber was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation. On the women’s side, Lisa Jackson and Marketa Cizova have claimed the last three Player of the Year awards in the SLC. DuBois has coached Maverick players to 32 All-SLC certificates in singles play and 13 All-Conference doubles awards. The Lady Mavericks have won 17 All-Conference singles awards and eight All-SLC doubles awards since DuBois took over the reigns as head coach.
His coaching career began in Kingston, NY where he was a three-year instructor and then director of the city’s chapter of the United States Tennis Association/National Junior Tennis League for 10 years.
Prior to this venture, DuBois was an outstanding player in the Atlantic-10 Conference at St. Bonaventure University. He earned four varsity letters and was team captain as a senior. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical education, DuBois earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Kent State University.
DuBois,36, is a member of the USTA and the Texas Tennis Association. He and his wife,Lise, have one daughter, Mazie Catherine.