CAA Champions: 2009, 2011, 2013
Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances have become commonplace since Mait DuBois took over the UNCW program in the summer of 2007.
The Seahawks have captured three Colonial Athletic Association titles (2009, 2011, 2013) and advanced to the NCAA Regionals four times (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) in the last five years as UNCW has emerged into a national power in men’s tennis.
The Charleston, S.C., native enters his seventh year with the Seahawks in 2013-14 after piloting the team to its second consecutive CAA crown and a number of “firsts” last season. He was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year last spring for his accomplishments.
Overall, the veteran skipper begins his 16th year as a coach on the NCAA Division I level, compiling a 126-60 career record. He has been a part of nine conference championship teams and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances during his successful career.
Sparked by 2013 CAA Player-of-the-Year Rafael Aita and three ranked doubles teams, the Seahawks swept to a 19-5 record in 2012-13 during to a history-making campaign.
UNCW went 19-5 in dual matches, did not surrender a match in the CAA Tournament and upset No. 18 South Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. On top of that, the Seahawks finished with an unbeaten season at home, placed seven players on the All-CAA team and finished the year ranked No. 43 in the final ITA poll.
Aita earned an invitation to compete in the singles draw and Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider were invited to play in the doubles bracket at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships.
Featuring a young team with no seniors, the Seahawks enjoyed an outstanding season in 2011-12. DuBois and his team carved out a 17-7 record against 12 nationally-ranked opponents, highlighted by a 4-3 victory over No. 21 N.C. State in early March.
The Seahawks achieved two “firsts” in 2011-12, winning a match in the national indoors tourney and collecting an at-large entry in the NCAA Regionals. When it was over, UNCW’s men achieved a final ranking of No. 44, capping a memorable season.
On the heels of his second CAA crown, DuBois was invited by the USTA to participate in the group's High Performance Coaching Program in the conjunction with the Davis Cup during the summer of 2011. He joined several of the nation's top collegiate coaches and professionals Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick to analyze current trends in technique, tactics and training.
DuBois coached his club to a 19-6 overall record and unblemished 7-0 conference record in 2008-09. More importantly, UNCW collected its first No. 1 seed in the CAA Tournament, captured the CAA title, and advanced to the NCAA Tennis Regionals for the first time.
In the process, the Seahawks earned their first national ranking and rose as high a No. 58 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. DuBois was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year and the Wilson-ITA Mideast Region Coach-of-the-Year.
Several Seahawk players were honored for their accomplishments in 2008-09. Sophomore Illia Ziamtsou was selected as the outstanding player in the CAA Championships and three other players collected conference honors.
Michael Pereira earned First-Team All-CAA honors in singles, Kinshuk Sharma was named Second-Team All-CAA in singles and Ryan Ybarra made Third-Team All-CAA in singles. Sharma and Ybarra were also included on the Second-Team All-CAA doubles unit.
In their first year under DuBois in 2007-08, the men's team tied UNCW's all-time record for dual match victories with a 15-7 mark, had two members voted All-CAA and featured a Top 20 National Recruiting Class (www.tennisrecruiting.net).
In the fall of 2008, DuBois was selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to take part in a High Performance Coaching Program at the US Open professional Grand Slam event. A select group of High Performance Coaches from across the country met to consult and study with the USTA in the development of top level professional players from top junior players.
Prior to UNCW, DuBois was an assistant at N.C. State. He helped the Wolfpack achieve its second straight post-season berth, a No. 41 national ranking and coached Daria Petrovic and Alejandra Guerra to the NCAA Division I Doubles Championships in Athens, Ga.
DuBois was an assistant men's and women's coach on four Big South championship squads from 1998-2001, and also played a key role as the Buccaneers racked up three NCAA Tournament appearances. DuBois was selected head men's and women's coach at CSU in 2002 and guided the Buccaneer men to the BSC title, an NCAA Tournament berth and its highest national ranking.
Following two years as the head skipper at CSU, DuBois accepted a position as assistant women's coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia. The Cavaliers landed a Top 30 national ranking, and DuBois was nominated for Assistant Coach-of-the-Year in the region.
DuBois then moved on to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member N.C. State, where he assisted women's coach Hans Olsen for three seasons. The Wolfpack advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2005-06, setting program records for victories and conference wins. With DuBois on the staff, N.C. State qualified for the NCAA Tournament in both 2006 and 2007, featuring a pair of All-ACC performers, and setting records for total victories (2007) and wins over ranked opponents.
DuBois is a certified Level I Teaching Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and completed the United States Tennis Association (USTA) "High Performance Coaching" certification in 2006.
After working briefly as a tennis professional at two clubs, he served as a traveling coach with "Tennis Europe." Traveling to numerous ITF events, he helped American junior players work towards establishing a world ranking.
DuBois was a four-year tennis standout at Charleston Southern from 1993-96. He was team captain in 1995 and 1996 and was named the Most Valuable Player on CSU's 1996 Big South Conference Championship team.
DuBois earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at CSU in 1996 and completed his Master's degree in Business Administration from CSU in 1999.
The DuBois Record
Mait DuBois At UNCW
2008-09 (CAA Champions/NCAA Round of 64-Athens, Ga.)
2010-11 (CAA Champions/NCAA Round of 64-Athens, Ga.)
2011-12 (NCAA Round of 64-Chapel Hill, N.C.)
2012-13 (CAA Champions/NCAA Round of 32-Durham, N.C)