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Efe Ustundag

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
10th Season overall

Alma Mater:
Rice, 1999


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

04/17/2014

Owls Face MTSU In Men's Tennis Opener

C-USA Championship

04/13/2014

Gritty Win Keeps Owls in Contention

C-USA Championship up next

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

After eight years of assisting Hall of Famer Ron Smarr, Efe Ustundag endters his second year as the head coach of the Rice men's tennis team. He officially assumed the reigns of the program in July after being named Smarr's successor on November 10, 2011.

Ustundag will guide a second-year team that will rely heavily on youth as the Owls' line up will be dominated by freshmen and sophomores who will say goodbye to Jake Hess Tennnis Stadium this spring, as construction on the new George R Brown Tennis Center continues as will be completed in time for the 2014-15 season.

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 29All-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 infanct dauger Ahenk.

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