Shea Simpson begins his 11th season at The University of Tulsa as an assistant women's tennis coach and his eighth year as Coordinator for the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Simpson's coaching responsibilities include assisting with day-to-day administrative duties, recruiting and on-court instruction. Off the court, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, which was selected as the nation's top collegiate tennis facility in 2003 by the United States Tennis Association.
Since his arrival in 1999, Tulsa has posted a 151-81 (.651) overall record, made the NCAA Tournament five times, and won two consecutive Conference USA Championships in 2007 and 2008. Also in his ten years, the Hurricane advanced to the Western Athletic Conference Championship match in 2000 and 2003, as well as making WAC semifinal appearances in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and a Conference USA semifinal appearance in 2006.
Last season, Simpson helped the Golden Hurricane finish with a 23-6 record, setting a new school record for most wins in a season. Tulsa also advanced to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and finished as runner-up at the Conference USA Championship. They completed the season ranked No. 36 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
In the 2007-08 season, Tulsa finished with a 22-6 record, setting the previous school record for most wins in a season. The Hurricane also captured their second consecutive Conference USA Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, while finishing the season as the No. 34-ranked team in the country.
In 2006-07, the Golden Hurricane posted a record of 21-5 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history. The 2006-07 Tulsa women's team became the program's first ever team to win a conference championship, defeating Marshall to win the 2007 Conference USA Championship.
During the 2005-06, Simpson helped the women's team register a 14-12 duel record and advance to the Conference USA Championship semifinals. He was also instrumental in coaching first-team all-conference selection Santie Delport and third-team all-conference honoree Daniela Muscolino.
In the 2004-05 season, coaching alongside TU's winningest women's tennis coach Paige McMurray, Simpson helped lead the Golden Hurricane women to an 11-12 mark and an ITA final ranking of No. 75. Although the team missed out on the NCAA Tournament, Muscolino was selected for her second straight NCAA singles appearance. Muscolino and Carla Zabaleta were selected to the all-WAC first team in doubles competition, while Muscolino received first-team all-WAC singles honors and Zabaleta was selected to the second team. Muscolino was tabbed as the WAC Player of the Year, while Zabaleta was named WAC Freshman of the Year.
During the 2003-04 season, Simpson aided in coaching the women's team to a 16-9 record, as well as a final No. 45 ITA ranking. The 2004 squad advanced to the NCAA tournament before falling to Oklahoma, 4-1, in first round action. Simpson's instruction helped Muscolino reach the Round of 32 at the 2004 NCAA tournament. Muscolino was also named to the all-WAC first team in singles and doubles, as well as being named the ITA Central Region Player to Watch.
In 2002-03, Simpson helped the Golden Hurricane achieve a 15-11 record, as well as a final No. 49 ITA ranking. He was also instrumental in helping Alicia Pillay win the Central Region singles title, as well as guiding Pillay and Aleksandra Durska to an appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships. Simpson also coached Pillay and Durska to all-WAC first-team singles and doubles honors, and Muscolino to all-conference second-team singles accolades.
In 2001-02, Simpson helped Tulsa finish 15-10 overall and advance to the semifinals of the WAC Championships. Individually, he helped three players earn all-WAC first and second team honors and played a key role in coaching Durska to the 2001 Central Region singles title.
In his second season at TU, Simpson helped guide the Hurricane to a 14-9 overall record in 2000-01, a season-high national ranking of No. 24 and a WAC Tournament semifinal appearance. Five Hurricane players earned all-WAC first and second team honors. For his efforts, Simpson was named the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
During his first season at Tulsa, Simpson played an instrumental role in helping Tulsa earn its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, a 21-6 overall record, a WAC Tournament runner-up finish, a Central Region title and a final national ranking of No. 25. His on-the-court instruction helped a total of four players receive WAC honors and record 20 or more singles victories.
Prior to his appointment, Simpson was a three-year letterwinner at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. In his three seasons, he posted a 48-11 singles record at the No. 4-6 singles positions.
A native of Tulsa, Simpson is giving back to his community by serving as the head teaching professional of "First Serve" for the city of Tulsa. The "First Serve" program, which is funded by the Southern Hills Charitable Foundation, Inc., was formed in 2002 to give free tennis instruction to inner city and underprivileged kids in the Tulsa community. Simpson served as the Director of Tennis for "First Serve" from its inception through the first four years.
He has also taught tennis in the community and worked as the assistant manager of the Shadow Mountain Racquet Club. Simpson served as a tennis professional for the Nick Bollietteri Tennis Academy (1994-96).
Simpson attended Bishop Kelley High School where he played four years on the varsity team. As a senior, he served as team captain and was the conference Player of the Year in 1993. He also earned all-state athletic and academic honors.
Simpson received a bachelor's degree in both biology and criminology with a minor in chemistry in May of 1999 from Drury.
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