Former Xavier tennis standout Doug Matthews is returning to his alma mater as the new assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach. Matthews replaces Rutger Vliegenberg, who graduated from Xavier with a master’s degree in business administration.
Matthews spent the 2009-2010 season working with the Musketeers in a volunteer capacity. He also served as the staff professional at the Club at Harpers' Point.
"It is a great pleasure to announce Doug Matthews as our new men's and women's assistant tennis coach," said head men's and women's tennis coach Eric Toth. "No one understands the current culture of Xavier University and what it takes to be successful in our program both on and off the court probably better than Doug. He is among the best of the very best to ever compete at Xavier and is somebody that all of our student-athletes will benefit from over what will hopefully be many years to come."
Matthews was a member of the Xavier men’s tennis team from 2005 to 2009. He compiled a 75-47 career singles record, which ranks fourth all-time at Xavier. In doubles, he ranks third all-time with a 75-52 career record, and he is second all-time at Xavier in total wins with a 150-99 career record.
The long list of accomplishments Matthews earned as a student-athlete while at Xavier includes being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team four consecutive years, earning an Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Award in 2006, and being named the Atlantic 10's Most Outstanding Performer in 2008 and 2009. Additionally, Matthews earned Xavier's Rev. Paul O'Connor Award, named after Xavier's 29th president and given annually to the university's male student-athlete who represents the ideal of the school based on academic and athletic excellence.
Matthews, a Maineville, Ohio native, was a two-sport star at Kings High School. He played No. 2 singles for the 2005 Ohio State Champion Kings squad, which finished the season with a 21-0 record. He also claimed the 2004 Ohio State Doubles Championship along with numerous awards.