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Pacific University Men | Women

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

Conference Highlights
2016: 11-2 in Northwest Conference, #29 in National Ranking, #6 in West Region.

2015: 10-2 in Northwest Conference, #40 in National Rankings, #10 in West Region.

2014: 11-1 in Northwest Conference, #10 in the West Region. Win over Division 1 Portland State. Loss in the Northwest Conference tournament final.

Tournament Highlights
2016: Finalist in Northwest Conference Tournament.

2015: Finalist in Northwest Conference Tournament.

2014: Finalist in Northwest Conference Tournament.

Individual Achievements
2016: 3 players earn All-Northwest Honors. Senior Brennan Faith (1st Team), Junior Clark Wininger (1st Team), Junior Reuben Mulhern (2nd Team).

2015: 3 players earn All-Northwest Honors. Seniors Giancarlo Battaglia (1st Team) and Grayson Frazier (1st Team), and Junior Brennan Faith (1st Team).

2014: 4 players earn All-Northwest Honors. Senior Troy Zuroske (4-time First Team All-NWC), Junior Giancarlo Battaglia (2-time First Team All-NWC, 2-time Second team), Junior Brennan Faith (Second Team), and Freshman Josh Bernstein (Second Team). Every player earned a winning record for the season.
Coaching Achievements
2016: "Yellico Earns ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year": http://www.goboxers.com/news/2016/5/25/mens-tennis-pacifics-yellico-earns-ita-assistant-coach-honor.aspx?path=mten

2014: "Jackson Earns Coach of the Year in the Northwest Conference": http://www.goboxers.com/news/2014/4/25/MTEN_0425144530.aspx

Brian Jackson is in his second season as Pacific's director of tennis and continues to work to build the Pacific men's and women's tennis programs into yearly competitors for Northwest Conference titles.

Jackson is entering his seventh year as head men's tennis coach, where he has led the Boxers to NWC Tournament appearances each of the last two seasons. In 2013, the year was highlighted by the selection of Giancarlo Battaglia and Tory Zuroske as First Team All-NWC selections, the first time in recent history that two Pacific players have made the top squad.

During the 2012 campaign, the Boxers finished with a 13-6 regular season and a 12-1 Northwest Conference regular season mark. The team finished second in the Northwest Conference standings and a No. 11 NCAA Division III West Region ranking. The team also finished with an unprecedented four All-NWC selections, led by two-time First Team All-NWC honoree Troy Zuroske.

The successes of 2012 was the high water mark in the turnaround of the program. In Jackson's first season, the Pacific men won just one match and finished ninth in the NWC standings. In the last two years, the Boxers have won no less than eight matches, finished with winning conference records and made the four-team Northwest Conference Tournament each year. In 2012, their one loss came to the eventual NWC champion.

On the women's side, Jackson started the process on rebuilding the program in 2013. The season was highlighted by a pair of wins on the team's southern California trip over Mills and Biola.

Jackson believes that the approach by which he built the men's program will yield dividends with the women as well. "Over the last few years, the men's program has developed a strong recipe for success while the women's program has struggled to find a consistent winning formula" Jackson said. "My goal is to develop a successful tennis program at Pacific University, rather than two individual teams. My assistant coaches and I will provide the women's program with the time and attention it deserves to reach its potential, while assuring the men's program continues on it's charge towards a conference title.

“Our long-term goal is to have the best tennis program in the Northwest Conference, with both teams competing for conference titles every year. With the great support we are receiving from the University and community, I believe we have the potential to do just that."

While working as director of tennis, Jackson will continue to work as an associate professor in Pacific's exercise science department, but with a reduced teaching load.

Jackson brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Pacific tennis programs. Jackson played four years of Division I tennis at UNC Wilmington. He was the team captain in 1997 and was selected that year as the team's most valuable player.

Upon graduation, Jackson spent two years as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at East Carolina while pursuing his master’s degree. He has also coached for the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club in Charlottesville, Va., and has served as a visiting professional at both the Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Va., and the Skagen Tennis Club in Denmark. Jackson holds professional teaching certification through the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).

Jackson earned his undergraduate degree from UNC Wilmington in 1997. He graduated with a masters degree in exercise and sports sciences from East Carolina in 1999 and received his Ph.D. in kinesiology, with an emphasis in motor learning and sports psychology, from Virginia in 2004 with an emphasis in motor learning. He has published on various aspects of motor behavior and has consulted with both individual athletes and teams in the areas of peak performance.
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