Green Wave get wins on first four singles courts to secure upset over Hurricanes
Green Wave will face either No. 40 Drake or No. 52 Miami in the consolation match on Sunday
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Mark Booras enters his sixth season as head coach of the Tulane men's tennis program after being named in 2008 to guide Tulane back to prominence following a hiatus caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Since his arrival on the uptown New Orleans campus, Booras has taken the program from literally nothing back into the national rankings. When he took over in 2008, Tulane had not had a men's tennis program for three years and when the Green Wave completed the 2014 spring season, the program was ranked 65th in the nation.
It didn't even take Booras, the 2014 ITA Southern Regional Coach of the Year, that long to have the Green Wave back in the national rankings. Tulane peaked as high as 63rd during the spring of 2012 behind the performance of first-team All-Conference USA selection Idan Mark 17 singles wins.
Booras and Tulane piggybacked on the success of the 12-win dual season in 2012 and carried it into the 2013 campaign. In 2013, the Green Wave collected 12 wins again, peaked in the rankings at No. 55 and finished the year with a No. 69 ITA ranking. Tulane was led by C-USA Freshman of the Year Dominik Koepfer's 17 dual match singles wins.
The Green Wave once again built on the success of the previous season in 2014 by posting 15 victories and earning a final national ranking of 65th. Chi-Shan Jao claimed Tulane's second consecutive C-USA Freshman of the Year honor after posting 16 dual match singles victories and teaming with Koepfer to post a 16-6 dual match doubles mark. Koepfer earned second-team all-conference with 16 singles wins as well. The duo completed the season ranked 66th in the nation by the ITA.
Booras' program has also been successful in the classroom, having received recognition by the ITA for each of the last four years for having a team GPA over 3.2. Tulane has been award with the ITA All-Academic team honor in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Booras joined Tulane from LSU, where he served as the associate head coach during his final four years and was an assistant coach during his first six seasons in Baton Rouge. He played a large role in the Tigers' success on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Booras' leadership was showcased in 2007 when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association named him its National Assistant Coach of the Year. He was also recognized in 2004 and 2007 as the best assistant coach in the ITA Southeast Region.
On the court, he was instrumental in helping the Tigers reach the NCAA Tournament during all 10 seasons with the program, and LSU never finished lower than No. 29 in the final national polls during his tenure. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA "Final Four" once, the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" four times and to the "Round of 32" three times during his 10 seasons. Individually, Booras helped 14 players reach All-America status.
In the classroom under Booras' watch, five LSU players achieved Academic All-America status, while four players received SEC Men's Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year Awards, and one team member was awarded with the prestigious National ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr., Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 2007. The Tigers garnered All-Academic Team honors by the ITA in 2004 and 2005.
LSU was honored by the NCAA in 2007 and 2008 for its Academic Progress Rate score, scoring a perfect APR of 1000 in the report, and was one of the 10 sports teams out of 236 squads in the entire SEC that were recognized for academic achievement by the NCAA, and was the only men's tennis team in the league to achieve the honor.
In his first season with the Tigers, Booras helped guide LSU to its second consecutive SEC Championship as well as a berth in the Final Four. The 1999 squad also won its second-straight SEC Tournament, becoming the first team to ever repeat as tournament champions.
He began his collegiate career for legendary coach Terry Deremer at West Virginia in 1989 and was a four-year letterman for the Mountaineers from 1989-93. He twice served as team captain, and was the Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year and the school's senior player of the year in 1993. In each of his final three seasons at West Virginia, Booras competed in both the NCAA singles and doubles championship tournaments. He was a top-20 singles and doubles player throughout his college career.
Following his collegiate career, Booras joined the ATP tour and continued his success, ranking as high as No. 240 in the world in doubles and 700 in singles. After a three-year career from 1994-96, he retired and decided to further his education. While earning his master's degree at West Virginia, he was also the volunteer assistant men's tennis coach and a private tennis instructor.
In 1999, he went to LSU as assistant coach, conducting practices, player instruction during matches and recruiting future players.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Booras graduated from West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1997, and received his master's degree in sport psychology from WVU in 2001.
Booras married the former Laura Anne Ingram on June 17, 2006.
Team Year Overall Conf. Final ITA ranking High season ranking
Tulane 2009-10 3-17 0-4 N/A N/A
Tulane 2010-11 11-11 2-6 N/A N/A
Tulane 2011-12 12-11 3-5 N/A 63rd
Tulane 2012-13 12-8 3-2 69th 55th
Tulane 2013-14 15-9 3-2 65th 61st