Former @patriotstennis All-America named USC assistant

Friday, June 16, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – Former UT Tyler tennis All-America and graduate assistant coach Chris Wootton has been named the University of Southern California women’s assistant coach.

Wootton earned 2015 ITA All-America honors in doubles play where he was 21-2 with partner Frankie Fischer for the Patriots. A Dallas native who began his collegiate career at Mississippi College, Wootton played two seasons at UT Tyler where he racked up a 38-10 doubles record (.792 win percentage) and 19 singles victories. He finished his career as an ITA All-America at the age of 39 and also completed his UT Tyler playing days as a two-time All-East Division American Southwest Conference selection and earned two ASC Academic All-Conference honors.

After graduating from UT Tyler with a degree in business administration, Wootton helped coach the men’s team to an eighth American Southwest Conference title and to the NCAA Division III Round of 16 with the team earning a 5-3 win over No. Whitman College in the opening round of the national tournament. The Patriots were 18-10 in the season with Wootton assisting Chris Bizot and Joe Vann with the men’s team.

Wootton heads to Los Angeles to join head coach Alison Swain who he assisted last season at Williams College. Swain led the Ephs to eight NCAA DIII National Championships, including in 2017 with Wootton as her assistant.