COLLEGE STATION – Mark Weaver, a former standout on the Texas A&M men’s tennis team, has been hired as assistant coach for the Aggie women’s tennis team, A&M women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke announced.
“After a nationwide search, I realized that one of our own was the best fit for the job,” Kleinecke said. “Mark knows the team through his volunteer assistant role, has a love for A&M that is unmatched, and is one of the most successful players in A&M history. These attributes make him a perfect addition to our program.”
Weaver, a four-year letterwinner and starter at A&M from 1990-94 under former coach David Kent, completed his illustrious Aggie career with a .805 winning percentage in doubles, which still stands as the A&M all-time record. Weaver, who posted a 66-16 doubles record, also went 65-31 (.677) in singles during his career.
“I’m excited to be back to A&M,” Weaver said. “I remember as a player knowing that I wanted to be a college coach some day; not just any college coach, but a college coach at A&M. I felt it was time to pursue that goal, and there is not a better place to start.”
Weaver has stayed connected to A&M tennis, serving at a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s team in six of the last seven seasons, including 2003 and 2004 when A&M won a Big 12 regular season title and a Big 12 tournament title.
“Serving as a volunteer assistant and being back on the collegiate scene reminded me why I wanted to be a college coach,” Weaver said. “The experience got my competitive spirit going again.”
Weaver capped his stellar A&M playing career by winning the 1994 Southwest Conference No. 1 doubles title with partner Bernardo Martinez and helping lead the Aggies to their first Southwest Conference championship, tying Texas and TCU for the league title. A&M went on to go 23-4 (.852) and record the winningest season in school history in terms of winning percentage.
Weaver finished the season ranked No. 14 in doubles and No. 30 in singles after advancing to the NCAA doubles and singles championships for the second consecutive year.
As a junior, the Shreveport, La., native was the 1993 SWC No. 1 singles champion and was voted the Southwest Conference Co-Player of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association.
In his inaugural season, Weaver was tabbed the Southwest Region Rookie Player of the Year after compiling a 34-12 singles record and teaming with Scott Phillips to win the SWC No. 3 doubles title.
Weaver graduated from A&M in May 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then spent four years playing on the Futures and Challengers circuits and won 10 doubles championships.
Weaver served as a senior staff manager and director of tennis at Briarcrest Country Club in Bryan, Texas, from January 1999 to June 2006. He was responsible for organizing tournaments and social events and conducting private and group lessons as well as operating the tennis shop.
Weaver went completely into private coaching in 2006, and one of his students is a three-time high school state champion.
Weaver replaces Majorie Muller, who stepped down last month after serving three season as the Aggies’ assistant coach.