Returning for his third season as an assistant coach with Robert Klein and the Green Wave is Ernesto Ponce.
An integral part of Tulane's Conference USA Championship in 2001, Ponce had a superb collegiate career at the University of Texas. Upon his graduation in 1996, Ponce had earned All-America honors three times. He played top four singles on four top 10 teams for the Longhorns.
"Ernesto is battle-tested as a player and he has developed as a coach," head coach Robert Klein said. "He has always been a great player, but now with experience, he is learning to be a great coach."
Following his graduation, Ponce pursued a professional playing career, climbing to a No. 460 ATP singles ranking and a No. 419 doubles rank.
A native of Mexico City, Ponce was the No. 1 ranked junior player in Mexico prior to his days at Texas. His father was the captain of Mexico's Olympic volleyball team and his sister played for Mexico's National Team in volleyball.
"He brings so much to the table for us," Klein said. "His experience and knowledge has been great. There is not a player on this team that Ernesto can not go out there and go toe-to-toe with. If our guys beat Ernesto, they feel pretty good about their tennis."
Ponce currently lives in New Orleans and in May, expects to earn his master's degree in business administration from Tulane. He has a daughter, Alexis, who already likes soccer and tennis balls.