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Pacific University Men | Women

Division:NCAA - Div. III
Location:Forest Grove, OR
Head Coach:Brian Jackson
Assistant Coach:Pete Yellico
Institution Type:Private
Environment:Large town
Student Population:3,000+
Top Div. III Classes: R.V. in 2010

Conference Highlights
"Boxers Battle for Team Victory": http://www.goboxers.com/news/detail.cfm?NEWS_ID=9369&CATEGORY_ID=69

"Boxers Escape Linfield With Victory": http://www.goboxers.com/news/detail.cfm?NEWS_ID=9426&CATEGORY_ID=69

"Boxers Squeak Past Bruins": http://www.goboxers.com/news/detail.cfm?NEWS_ID=9431&CATEGORY_ID=69
Tournament Highlights
Boxers make first trip to the Northwest Conference tournament (4th seeed) in 2010-11.
Individual Achievements
Freshman Troy Zuroske (Richland, WA) earned first team all Northwest Conference in 2010-11!

Coaching Achievements
Now in his fourth season leading the Pacific men’s tennis program, Brian Jackson has succeeded in changing the culture and performance of the Boxers to one of improving success.

In 2010, Pacific ended the year with a 6-12 overall record and a 5-11 conference record. The Boxers finished tied for sixth in the Northwest Conference, the best finish under Jackson. They narrowly missed qualifying for the NWC Tournament due to a tie-breaker decision based on number of matches won in head-to-head competition. Michael Okada was the first Boxer in ten years and first under Jackson to be selected to an All-Northwest Conference Team, when he received Second Team honors.

In just his second year at the helm in 2009, Jackson led a group of freshmen and sophomores to Pacific’s best season in well over a decade. The Boxers won seven matches, more than they had won in the last seven years combined. Five of the team’s nine players won seven or matches in singles, led by 11 victories by Eric Furuya. The Boxers also improved to seventh place in the Northwest Conference standings, finishing one loss away from qualifying for the NWC Tournament.

Jackson brings to the Boxers a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the program. After a successful high school career, Jackson played four years of Division I tennis at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He was the team captain in 1996-97 and was selected as the team’s most valuable player. He continues to play tennis in local tournaments and in United States Tennis Association (USTA) leagues.

Upon graduation from UNC-Wilmington, Jackson spent two years as an assistant men’s & women’s tennis coach at East Carolina University while pursuing his master’s degree. He moved on to the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club in Charlottesville, Va., where he served four years as a tennis instructor and fitness specialist. He has also served as a visiting professional at both the Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Va., and the Skagen Tennis Club in Denmark.

In addition to his coaching duties, Jackson has been an assistant professor of exercise science at Pacific since 2004. Jackson also has an interest in sports psychology. He has served as a mental skills coach for high school athletes in a variety of sports and has worked on mental coaching with Olympic-caliber kayakers.

Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNC-Wilmington in 1997 and a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from East Carolina in 1999. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2004 with an emphasis in motor learning.

Jackson has earned Professional 2 certification through the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). He is also a member of the Oregon and American Alliances for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the Association of the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. He and wife, Laura, live in Forest Grove.

Eric Quiroz joined the Pacific staff this year for his first season while pursuing his Masters of Education from Pacific University. Quiroz will bring an abundance of playing experience and knowledge to the Boxers.

Prior to joining the Pacific staff, Quiroz, the United States Professional Tennis Association’s (USPTA) Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, was the Tennis Director at the Eugene Family YMCA from 2007-09. His duties included planning and organizing tournaments and leagues and conducting tennis lessons. He also spent 2000-07 as the Facility Manager for St. John’s Racquet Center in Portland, where he managed 118 tennis courts throughout Portland, coached women’s 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 teams, taught individual and group lessons and organized tennis leagues.

Quiroz spent one season at the NCAA Division I level as the assistant coach for the University of Oregon. Additionally, he has coached lessons and summer camps at the Eugene YMCA and Eugene Swim and Tennis Club. He also has taught tennis classes at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College.

When not working, Quiroz has found time to pursue his own tennis career. He is currently the No. 1 ranked tennis player in Men’s 40 Singles in the Pacific Northwest, and has also been in the top four in men’s open doubles and top three in mixed doubles.

Quiroz graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1991. He has earned Professional 1 certification through the USPTA.
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