Utah State’s Clancy Shields Named Mountain West Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In his third year at Utah State, head coach Clancy Shields has been named Mountain West Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year. It is the first coach of the year honor for Shields.

In 2016, Shields led the Aggies to a 21-8 overall record and a 6-1 mark in league play. Utah State claimed the regular-season Conference title, giving the Aggies their first Mountain West championship in any sport. It was also the first conference title in program history for the men’s tennis team.

Utah State set a new school record with 21 wins, topping last season’s total of 18 victories. The 6-1 record in Conference matches garnered the Aggies the No. 1 seed for the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship. 

The Aggies appeared in the ITA national rankings for the majority of the season, reaching as high as No. 56 on April 5 and again on April 19. 

Under Shields’ direction, sophomore Jaime Barajas was named the 2016 MW Men’s Tennis Player of the Year. Barajas and junior Jack Swindells both earned inclusion on the All-Conference singles squad.