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Efe Ustundag

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
11th Season overall

Alma Mater:
Rice, 1999


11/18/2014

Owls Add Hansen for 2015-16

20th ranked high school senior

09/11/2014

Owls Ready for Opener in Midland

Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational

04/23/2014

Malik Joins Men's Tennis

Freshman recruit for 2014-15

04/19/2014

Top Seed Ends Owls' Season

Tulsa 4, Rice 0

04/18/2014

Owls Wear Down Blue Raiders to Reach C-USA Semis

Face Tulsa at noon Saturday

04/16/2012

Final Weekend

Rice hosted Tulsa on April 13 and then celebrated Senior Day on April 15

03/20/2012

54th Rice Invitational

Action from the 54th Rice Invitational

02/12/2012

Rice vs. UTSA and Abilene Christian

Rice met UTSA and Abilene Christian on Feb. 11 2012

01/11/2012

Efe Ustundag

Efe Ustundag images

In his third year as Rice's head men's tennis coach, Efe Ustundag will guide the Owls into a new era as they move into their sparkling new home, the George R. Brown Tennis Center. Ustundag assumed the reigns of the program in July on 2012 after being named as Ron Smarr's successor on November 10, 2011.

Ustundag's youthful Owls will be looking to build on the progress made during the 2014 spring campaign as they closed the year with eight wins in the last 12 matches.

In eight seasons as Smarr's assistant, Ustundag helped guide the Owls to seven top 50 rankings, seven NCAA berths and produced a qualifier for the NCAA singles championship six times. The Owls also have racked up 29 All-Conference honors during Ustundag's tenure.

A doubles All-America selection at Rice, Ustundag also anchored the Owls singles lineup during his final three seasons and maintained a national NCAA ranking as high as 16th. He was the MVP at the 1996 Team Championships in San Diego.

Ustundag followed that up with Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Scholar Athlete of the Year and Tennis Magazine's Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for sportsmanship and leadership in 1998. He was an All-WAC Singles First-Team selection and All-WAC Doubles Second-Team honoree en route to NCAA Region VI Senior Player of the Year.

He began his coaching career in 2002, serving for two seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach and helping lead the Red Raiders advanced to Big 12 Semifinals in 2003.

Ustundag spent two years as a professional player and assistant coach for Enka Tennis Club in his native Turkey. He assisted Ali Gorec, the former Turkish Davis Cup coach, in various administrative and coaching duties.

Ustundag won the national championship in both singles and doubles during 2000, while capturing the national indoor championship in both events in 2001. He also was a member of the Turkish Davis Cup team from 1997 to 2001.

Before attending Rice, Ustundag attended the famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida from 1990-93. He was awarded the NBTA Grand Slam award for academics, citizenship and athletics in 1992.

Ustundag graduated from Rice in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in managerial studies and sports management. He makes his home in Houston with wife Suur Biliciler-Ustundag and daughter Ahenk (1).

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