Tennis coach Brian Rector

Brian Rector '89, now in his 28th season at BW, won his record-setting 500th career match – more than any other Ohio tennis coach at any level, male or female.

Winningest Tennis Coach in Ohio Notches 500th Career Win

February 27, 2017

Tennis coach Brian RectorWhen BW men’s tennis coach Truman Fields retired in 1989 and recommended his graduating team captain Brian Rector ‘89 to succeed him, Fields had no idea he was sowing the seeds for a 2017 sports record. On Saturday, February 25, Rector, now in his 28th season at his alma mater, won his record-setting 500th career match – more than any other Ohio tennis coach at any level, male or female.

Rector, now in his 28th season at BW, won his record-setting 499th and 500th career matches when the Yellow Jackets defeated both Washington & Jefferson College and Westminster College at the North Ridge Tennis and Golf Club in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Beyond Personal Records

Rector with cakeBut Rector, who now has an incredible 500-100 career record with an .833 winning percentage, is even more proud of current and former student-athletes who have gone on to duplicate his own undergraduate Academic All-America efforts in the classroom and re-write the BW records for singles and doubles victories.

"We are proud of our team accomplishments and those of our student-athletes," said Rector, "We have a tradition of excellence and are proud of the fact that five of our tennis student-athletes have earned Academic All-America acclaim and five have earned the OAC Player of the Year award."

During his coaching career, Rector has mentored five other CoSIDA/CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America student-athletes in Kevin Peacock '98, Josh Myers '01, Bryan Bartunek '02, Alex Trzeciak '12 and Doug Ganim '16.

Scoring Aces on and off the Court

Rector, who grew up in North Olmsted, Ohio, is employed full time by KeyBank in Cleveland as a network engineer and is a strong believer in the NCAA Division III philosophy of the student-athlete.

"We tell our student-athletes when we recruit them to come to BW that they are here to first get a quality education and that playing on a championship tennis team is a part of the benefit," said Rector. "We have had great success both on the court and in the classroom."