May 2, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Clancy Shields has been named head men's tennis coach at Utah State University it was announced Thursday by Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. Shields replaces Christian Wright who was terminated from his position last fall.
"Clancy brings great passion and an impressive pedigree as a player and assistant coach to our program," said Barnes. "He has played a major role in building one of the premier tennis programs in the west and has a clear vision for what he can do at USU. We are excited to make him part of our Aggie family.
"I also want to thank Executive Associate AD Jana Doggett and the search committee for their efforts during the interview process."
Shields has spent the last four seasons (2010-13) as an assistant men's tennis coach at Boise State University, helping the Broncos to back-to-back Mountain West Championships in 2012 and 2013. The Broncos, who are currently 20-9 on the season (8-1 MW), advanced to its third NCAA Tournament with Shields on staff this spring.
During his four years as an assistant at Boise State, Shields has helped coach 10 players to all-conference recognition including the 2013 Mountain West Player of the Year as well as a Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honor. In 2013, Shields was instrumental in helping BSU sign the No. 11 recruiting class nationally.
Along with his coaching responsibilities at Boise State, Shields has also been the director of the Boise Junior Tennis Program since 2009.
"I want to thank Scott Barnes and all of the administration for the opportunity to be the men's tennis coach at Utah State," said Shields. "I'm excited to join the Aggie family and I look forward to trying to replicate the standard of excellence that has already been established at USU with so many of its sports.
"I also want to thank Boise State University for eight unbelievable years and the opportunities they gave me. I look forward to leading the Aggie men's tennis program into the Mountain West and the ultimately bringing a conference championship to Logan."
Prior to his coaching career, Shields was named the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year at Boise State and earned all-WAC first-team honors for both doubles and singles play seven times throughout his collegiate career. Overall, Shields led the Broncos to three WAC titles (2006, 2007, 2009) and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. During his playing career, he was ranked as high as No. 17 in singles and No. 11 in doubles action in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association collegiate rankings.
Shields, who graduated from Boise State in May, 2010 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, was also a four-time academic all-WAC honoree and a first-team Academic All-American in 2007.
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