Now in his eighth year, Shaheen Ladhani has been an integral part of the Rice men's tennis program's continued success since coming to Rice as a student in the fall of 1994. Ladhani was named the 2004 ITA national assistant coach of the year as the Owls posted a remarkable 24-4 record and won their first conference title since 1972. Rice also advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time as the team finished the year ranked 11th.
In 2001, Ladhani helped guide the Blue and Gray to its 12th consecutive winning season and garnered Region VI assistant coach of the year honors after the Owls finished with a 21-9 record and gained a bid to the NCAA tournament. Rice opened the 2001 dual-match season with 14 consecutive victories and finished the campaign with wins over nine ranked teams.
In Ladhani's first season assisting Smarr, the Owls compiled a 16-9 record, and the duo led Rice to a 17-9 record and the team's 10th winning season of the decade in 1998-99.
As interim head coach for the Owls in 1997, Ladhani led the Owls to tournament titles at the Reebok Collegiate Classic and the Rice Invitational. The crown at the Owls' home tournament was only the program's second in 25 seasons, but Rice has now won five of the last seven.
The 32-year-old native of England was one of the most respected members of recent Owl rosters. Ladhani was a standout player in his two years at Rice after transferring from the University of Tennessee-Martin. He earned the 1995 Sammy Giammalva Award as the most valuable Rice men's tennis player.
Ladhani graduated in May 1997 with degrees in psychology and managerial studies and earned a masters in sports psychology in 2003.
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