In his nine years at the helm of the Oklahoma State women’s tennis program, head coach Chris Young has transformed OSU into a national tennis power.
A native of Norman, Okla., Young has compiled a career record of 350-171, directing the OSU women and the men’s and women’s programs at both Wichita State and his alma mater, Oklahoma Christian. Young now holds a 161-76 record with the Cowgirls.
After spending five years as the Wichita State Director of Tennis, Young returned nine seasons ago to his home state where he competed as a collegian and began his coaching career.
During his time in Stillwater, Young has led the Cowgirls to unprecedented success, as shown by the team’s seven-straight trips to the NCAA tournament, three trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the last four years, two Big 12 regular season titles in the last three years, and a national runner-up finish to the 2016 season.
During Young’s seven years at Oklahoma State, he has overseen 23 Academic All-Big 12 selections, two ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award Recipients, six All-American selections, seven ITA Central Regional Champions, three ITA Rookie of the Year regional selections, two ITA Central Region Senior Players of the Year, a Big 12 Freshman of the Year, the 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year. Under Young, the Cowgirls have racked up four-straight seasons of 20 wins or more.
Young was also instrumental in the fundraising and design of the state-of-the-art Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center that would push OSU and Stillwater to the forefront of college tennis. Since the grand opening in 2014, both the OSU men’s and women’s programs have experienced exponential growth, and the facility has hosted several major events, including the 2014 ITA Central Region Championships and the 2016 Big 12 Championships.
In 2018, Young’s Cowgirls posted a 20-5 overall record and hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight season. Despite only returning three letterwinners from a season prior, the Pokes finished second in a stacked Big 12 and advanced in the NCAA Tournament for a sixth-straight year.
Young guided Cowgirls Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco to the finals of the 2018 NCAA doubles draw, which also clinched the pair’s first All-America recognition. Under Young’s direction, the OSU tandem became the first OSU doubles team to be named All-Americans since 1991. Babic and Blanco were also named ITA All-Stars, while five Cowgirls received All-Big 12 accolades.
In his eighth year, Young led the Cowgirls to a 25-6 overall record and 8-1 mark in Big 12 play, good for the team’s second consecutive Big 12 regular season conference title. OSU followed up its fourth Big 12 title match appearance in the last five years with its second-straight Elite Eight appearance, as the No. 9 seed Cowgirls dropped No. 8 Georgia Tech in a thrilling 4-3 victory to advance.
The 2017 season would bring Viktoriya Lushkova her third singles All-America recognition, as Young guided the Ukrainian standout to become the first player in school history to achieve such a feat. That season, Young would also coach seven Cowgirls to an All-Big 12 team and four Pokes to appearances at the NCAA Individual Championships.
Young was named the unanimous Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading Cowgirls to the best season in program history in 2016, claiming the 2016 Big 12 Championship and advancing to the national championship match for the first time ever. OSU turned in a 29-5 overall record, along with a perfect 9-0 mark in conference play to bring home the regular season Big 12 title. The squad would storm through the Big 12 Championship, winning each of its three matches, 4-0, to take home the tournament title as well.
In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Young and the host Cowgirls handled Albany and Tulsa to advance to their second-straight Sweet 16. OSU would knock off the likes of No. 5 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 1 California on its way to the NCAA Finals, where they would meet powerhouse Stanford and fall just short, losing, 4-3.
The following week at the NCAA Singles Championship, Young coached junior Katarina Adamovic to a quarterfinal appearance and her first career All-American honor. In all, a combined seven Cowgirls finished the season in the ITA singles and doubles rankings, while the team earned its highest finish in school history at No. 8.
During the 2015 season, OSU’s women’s program rose to new heights, finishing the season 23-6. The Cowgirls took down 14 ranked opponents and notched 15 shutout wins. The stellar season earned the Cowgirls their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA championships and the privilege to host the first and second rounds for the first time on the OSU campus. A heroic showing by the Pokes advanced them to the Sweet 16, where they faced a tough Florida team and fell. Throughout the season, Young saw his squad rise to No. 8 in the ITA polls, the highest ranking in program history. He also saw Lushkova earn the highest singles ranking at No. 10. She paired up with Miami transfer Kelsey Laurente to become the nation’s No. 3 doubles team at one point, also breaking a school rankings record.
That year, Lushkova and Katarina Adamovic were named All-Big 12 singles selections and the Lushkova/Laurente duo and Adamovic/Babic duos were named All-Big 12 doubles selections. Lushkova and Carla Tur-Mari were labeled as Academic All-Big 12 selections as well.
Young earned accolades for himself as he was named the 2015 ITA Central Region Head Coach of the Year.
Under his direction in 2014, Oklahoma State saw its first women’s tennis All-American since 1991 in Viktoriya Lushkova. In 2015, Lushkova repeated the honor, making her the first Cowgirl since the 1986 and 1987 seasons to earn two singles All-America honors. She is also just the second Cowgirl to accomplish the feat.
In 2014, he led the Pokes to a 15-8 campaign with a 7-2 record against Big 12 opponents. The Cowgirls produced 11 wins over ranked teams, including a huge 4-3 win over No. 14 Oklahoma. Young and his squad received the highest final ranking for the program since 2001, when it was named the No. 21 team in the nation. The Cowgirls went on to the NCAA Championships for the third year in a row, where they advanced to the Round of 32 after a dominating 4-0 win over South Florida.
Several of his players earned individual awards following the season. Lushkova was not only named All-American but also Big 12 Freshman of the Year, ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year and selected to the All-Big 12 singles and doubles team. Kanyapat Narattana joined Lushkova on the All-Big 12 doubles and Megan McCray was named to the singles team.
In 2013, Young coached the Cowgirls to a 16-9 overall record. The team notched 11 wins over ranked opponents, including a 5-2 victory over No. 12 Nebraska in San Diego, Calif., in March. Oklahoma State competed as the fifth seed in the Big 12 tournament after recording a 5-4 mark in conference play for the second straight year.
That year, Young’s Cowgirls made the program’s deepest run into the Big 12 tournament in 10 years with a 4-2 win over fourth-seeded TCU, and an exciting victory over top seed and 19th-ranked Baylor to send Oklahoma State to the conference championship for the first time since 2003; however; the Cowgirls fell, 4-0, to the No. 3 seed Texas in the Big 12 championship the next day.
The Cowgirls earned back-to-back NCAA tournament bids in 2012 and 2013, for the first time since the 1990 and 1991 seasons. In 2013, Young also coached the Cowgirl doubles team of Malika Rose and Narattana to an NCAA doubles tournament appearance.
Oklahoma State finished with an 11-10 record in Young’s third season. The Cowgirl program saw its biggest win ever in 2012 when the team defeated No. 6 Texas for the fourth time in history. As a result, the Cowgirls received a No. 5 seeding and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships, as well as a bid to the Tuscaloosa Regional in the NCAA Tournament. OSU fell in its first match of each tournament.
Under Young’s direction, Meghan Blevins was named ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year in 2012.
The 2011 Cowgirls finished the season with an 8-16 record; however, the team made it to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship for the second straight year, edging out Missouri before eventually losing to top-seeded Baylor.
In his first year as OSU, Young led the Cowgirls to a 13-10 finish, their best in three years, and picked up his milestone 200th career coaching win.
Young’s coaching prowess was evident as his 2010 Cowgirls reached the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship and received several individual accolades. His athletes earned a Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award, a No. 4 singles Big 12 co-championship and a doubles spot on the all-conference team.
He also earned his second USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award in 2010, as he was honored for his work in promoting tennis to the community.
During his time in Wichita, Young led the women’s squad to a 94-38 mark, including a 33-6 ledger in Missouri Valley Conference play. A three-time conference coach of the year selection, Young guided the Shockers to league crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Those seasons also resulted in the first three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
Young took a program that had never held a national ranking or defeated a ranked opponent and transformed the Shockers into a squad that was ranked for 43-straight weeks and defeated more than 20 ranked opponents under his direction.
The 2008-09 campaign saw Young’s squad post a 21-6 mark and capture its third league title in four seasons. Individually, his players won 65 of their 68 individual matches in MVC action.
The fruits of his off-court work began to show as well as the Shockers finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance.
The Shockers narrowly missed their third-straight conference title in 2008, finishing the year with a 16-8 mark and a runner-up finish at the MVC Tournament.
Young’s third season at WSU proved to be one for the history books as his charges produced a school-record 27-3 mark and became the first MVC squad to win an NCAA Tournament match. The Shockers knocked off 25th-ranked South Carolina in the first round to secure the school’s first NCAA victory. Additionally, the Shockers climbed to No. 16 in the national rankings, making them the highest ranked team in the history of the MVC.
Five Shockers earned all-conference honors, including Madina Rakhim, who finished the year with a 29-2 mark at the No. 1 singles position. The Shockers were dominant up and down their lineup, finishing with a 66-1 record in their individual conference matches.
For his efforts, Young was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year. The 2007 campaign also saw him earn the USTA/ITA National Award for Community Service.
The 2004-05 campaign, WSU’s first under Young, resulted in immediate progress. The Shockers finished with a 13-13 mark, giving them their highest win total in seven years and providing an indicator of the program’s bright future.
Young produced 17 all-conference singles players, nine all-league doubles performers. His squads also emphasized their work in the classroom with 16 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes dotting his rosters.
From 2005-08, Young also steered the Shocker men’s program and tallied a 58-38 record. His 2008 squad recorded 19 wins and achieved the program’s highest ranking in 10 years. Individually, he coached nine all-conference singles players, two all-league doubles teams and produced two MVC Scholar-Athlete selections.
Prior to taking over the Shocker program, Young worked as the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Oklahoma Christian University, including a stint as the interim head coach for both programs in 2002.
He took charge of the women’s program in 2003 before adding the OC men’s head coaching position to his list of duties the following year. The 2003 season also resulted in a national championship on the men’s side.
During his time at Oklahoma Christian, the Eagles had 20 players receive NAIA All-America honors, including eight with Young as head coach.
The 2004 season saw Young garner both the men’s and women’s conference coach of the year honors in addition to his recognition as the NAIA Region VI Women’s Coach of the Year.
Young’s coaching career got underway in 1999 in Ardmore, Okla., where he served as a teaching pro and assistant coach at Ardmore High School.
As a player, Young earned three letters from Oklahoma Christian and helped the Eagles to top-five national finishes in each of his three seasons.
A 2000 graduate of Oklahoma Christian, Young and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Braden and Kelsy.
From the time that Jay Udwadia took over the Oklahoma State tennis program in 2012, he has helped bring the Cowboys back into the national spotlight and molded OSU into one of college tennis’ most prominent programs.
Last year, Udwadia led the team to a 20-9 finish, defeating six ranked opponents and earning the No. 19 spot in the final ITA National Team Rankings. It marked the third-straight season that the Cowboys finished in the top 20, and fifth-straight season finishing in the top 30.
Oklahoma State has posted five consecutive winning campaigns and been selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past five seasons under Udwadia’s tutelage. In his time at OSU, nine players have achieved ITA All-American status, while three singles players and five doubles tandems have achieved All-Big 12 honors.
The 2018 season was one of historical milestones for Udwadia as well. He earned his 100th career victory at OSU when the Cowboys defeated Northwestern, 4-2, on Feb. 9. Then on March 9, Udwadia and the Cowboys defeated Tulsa, 4-0, which raised Udwadia to second on the all-time career victories list at OSU (106).
In 2018, the Cowboys were ranked as high as No. 9, marking the third straight season where the Pokes spent time in the ITA’s top 10. In 2017, Oklahoma State achieved its highest mark in the ITA rankings when the Cowboys held the No. 4 spot. The Cowboys also held a top-10 spot in the ITA rankings for 11 consecutive weeks in 2017, which ranks as the longest span in program history.
During the 2017 season, he coached the Cowboys to his best record in program history at 22-7. During that run, OSU took down 11 ranked opponents, including a 4-2 victory over No. 7 Northwestern at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship – the Cowboys’ first appearance at the tournament since 2008.
In 2017, OSU’s top doubles tandem also made history as the duo of Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash climbed up the ITA Rankings, reaching as high as No. 1 during the season becoming only the second duo in OSU history to hold the top spot.
In his six seasons with Oklahoma State, Udwadia has revitalized the Cowboy tennis program and turned it into one of the country’s rising collegiate tennis powers.
Under Udwadia’s leadership, the past crop of Cowboys have left their mark on the program’s record books. Three of the four seniors from the 2018 squad left the program ranked in the top 10 in career singles victories (Julian Cash, Tristan Meraut, Jurence Mendoza). Cash and Mendoza also stand in the top five of OSU’s career doubles victories list.
With the combination of a rejuvenated program and a state-of-the-art facility, the future holds great promise for Udwadia and the Cowboys. Oklahoma State will return five players from 2018, giving the team a solid shot at improving upon its recent success.
Prior to beginning the turnaround at Oklahoma State, Udwadia served eight seasons as the Fresno State men’s tennis coach, and spent the year before as the head coach at Drake. His overall record of 257-132 includes a 2004 Missouri Valley Championship and consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles in 2011 and 2012.
After kicking off his coaching career at Drake with a 17-6 season in 2004, Udwadia took over the program at Fresno State. He led the Bulldogs from a 10-11 record in his first year to seven consecutive winning seasons from 2006-12. Udwadia took Fresno State to the conference championship match in six of those seven years and won the league title twice in that span. His teams were consistently well regarded in the ITA National Rankings, reaching as high as No. 14 in 2012.
Udwadia, who was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012, guided three Bulldogs to WAC Player of the Year honors, including Jakub Cech in 2006, Rudolf Siwy in 2008 and Remi Boutillier in 2012. He guided 12 singles players and 11 doubles tandems to All-WAC honors during his time at FSU.
He also has a propensity for success in the classroom, as his team’s GPA was higher than 3.0 every year of his tenure and several of his athletes received all-conference academic honors.
Outside of the collegiate circuit, Udwadia coached the New York Buzz of the World Team Tennis league from 2008-2010. The WTT is a professional tennis league founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King. In 2008, he guided the Buzz to their first and only World Team Tennis title championship.
During his time with WTT, Udwadia coached five-time grand slam champion, Martina Hingis. He also coached the USTA Boys 18’s National Team Event, representing the NorCal Section.
Prior to coaching at Drake, Udwadia was the assistant coach at Northwestern for four seasons. While there, he helped lead the Wildcats to a fourth place finish in the Big Ten in 2002 along with a No. 45 national ranking. Northwestern participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and 2002 under Udwadia.
Before beginning his career as a college tennis coach, Udwadia spent one year on the ATP Tour, earning 26 ATP doubles points and capturing an ITF doubles title. He competed in tournaments run by the French Tennis Federation, and also played club tennis in Australia.
After earning seven consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 2003-2009, Udwadia inherited an OSU squad coming off three straight losing seasons. The 2010, 2011 and 2012 campaigns marked a new low for the Cowboys, as the team had finished under .500 only nine previous times throughout its history.
Despite taking in a struggling squad, making his first move to a power conference and having to fill the shoes of an Oklahoma State coaching legend, Udwadia has yet to disappoint.
Throughout his six years thus far in Stillwater, Udwadia has compiled 112 wins at OSU - the second most by any men’s tennis coach in school history. And while leading the Cowboys to their 16th 20-win season two years ago, he collected his 200th career win as a head coach.
Udwadia’s 13 winning seasons as a head coach, including each of the past four seasons at Oklahoma State, have shown that he can create a winning atmosphere.
In his 16 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, Udwadia’s teams have won at least 15 matches in all but three seasons, with those coming in his first season at OSU and his first two years at Fresno State.
Udwadia, a native of Williamsville, N.Y., was a four-year letterwinner in the highly-competitive Southeastern Conference for the University of Arkansas and was team captain during his senior year.
While at Arkansas, he helped lead the Razorbacks to three NCAA tournament appearances and a spot in the Top 25 of the national rankings before graduating from the university in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Udwadia and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons.
Associate Head Coach
After a distinguished professional tennis career and a healthy dose of coaching experience, Scoville Jenkins joined Cowboy Tennis on June 27, 2018, as the new associate head coach.
Prior to his arrival in Stillwater, Jenkins enjoyed a four-year stint as the associate head coach at Wisconsin after playing professionally for six years. As a player, Jenkins competed on the ATP tour and was also a member of the World Team Tennis League's New York Buzz, a team that Jay Udwadia coached, in 2010.
Jenkins burst onto the professional scene when he became the first African-American to win the Boys' 18 USTA National Hard Court singles championship in 2004. Two weeks after winning this championship, Jenkins faced Andy Roddick in the opening round of the U.S. Open.
During his playing career, Jenkins has faced some of the most prestigious names in professional tennis: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jarkko Nieminen, Jonas Bjorkman and George Bastl.
Additionally, Jenkins has recorded wins over No. 12-ranked Dominik Hrbaty, No. 13-ranked Nieminen and No. 18-ranked Vince Spadea.
After retiring from professional play, Jenkins enrolled at Kennesaw State in 2010. That same year was his first experience in coaching, serving as an assistant for the Owls for two seasons.
Jenkins then transferred to the University of Washington where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2014. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Huskies.
In July of 2014, Wisconsin hired Jenkins to be an assistant to then-head coach Greg Van Emburgh. In 2015, he stayed with Wisconsin when current coach Danny Westerman replaced Van Emburgh.
In 2016, Jenkins helped lead the Badgers to a 13-1 start, which still stands as the best start to a season in program history. A year later, Jenkins helped the team earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.
Henner Nehles enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Cowgirl tennis program.
Nehles has been heralded as one of the top developmental coaches in tennis, serving as coach for professional stars such as Jelena Jankovic and Sam Querrey.
Coming to Stillwater following a three-year stint as the women's tennis national coach for the United States Tennis Association, Nehles has racked up a number of accolades during his coaching career. In 2016, he was named the 2016 Team USA Developmental Coach of the Year by the USTA.
In the same year, Nehles coached young tennis standout Kayla Day to a world No. 1 junior ranking after winning the girls' singles title and reaching the doubles final at the U.S. Open. As a pro, Day reached a career high singles ranking of No. 122 in 2017.
Recently, he worked with Amanda Anisimova, who won the U.S. Open Juniors and reached the No. 1 world junior ranking as well before attaining a career-high singles ranking of No. 126 last fall. Nehles also assisted in coaching former Eddie Herr Girls' 18's champion Kylie McKenzie and Easter Bowl Girls' 18's champion Alexandra Sanford.
Nehles has also served as a USTA faculty coach and the director and head coach of the USTA Regional Training Center. He spent a season in 2006 as the assistant women's tennis coach at UNLV.
Nehles played collegiately at UNLV, where he was voted the 2005 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Senior of the Year. He was also a three-time All-MWC honoree.