HONORS AT RICE: ITA Texas Region 2011 Assistant Coach of the Year
Younes Limam, who is completing his fifth year with the Owls program, is one of the top young coaches in the country. In his first four seasons at Rice, Limam helped guide the Owls back into the national rankings, earn an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, and win a Conference USA Championship.
In 2013, Rice ended Tulsa's three-year reign as Conference USA Champions by defeating them in the finals. The Owls posted a 20-4 regular season mark, including a 10-4 record against ranked opponents. They earned the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships and a final national ranking of #22.
2012 was a memorable season for the program, as the Owls staged a pair of epic wins over two Top 20 programs (#18 Illinois & #16 Ole Miss) to make it to NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
In 2011, the Owls maintained a national ranking through an entire season for the first time since 2008. During that same year, Limam was named the Assistant Coach of the Year-Texas Region and was a finalist for the National Assistant Coach of the Year award.
In his first season with the Owls, Limam helped Rice finished with a 14-9 record in the 2010 season, which included wins over then-#18 Arkansas at home and a thrilling, come-from-behind win on the road vs. then-#27 VCU.
Prior to joining the Owls, Limam had a major impact on the UT-Arlington women's tennis program. In his first year at UTA, the women's tennis team included four seniors about to graduate. Limam proved his recruiting abilities by bringing in new talent to the team over the next two seasons, culminating in a domination of the Southland conference regular season (11-0), a conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tennis Championship.
Limam began his coaching career at the University of Central Oklahoma as a graduate assistant from 2004-2006, working with the men's and women's teams. He received his master's degree in business administration (MBA) in 2006, and went on to join the staff at UT-Arlington later that year. Limam has also worked as a tennis professional at Oak Tree Country Club in Oklahoma and has coached advanced junior players.
As a standout player at Drury University, Limam contributed to four consecutive Division II top-five finishes, including placing second in the nation in 2002.
Limam ranks second in the school's all-time singles victories with an 87-17 career record. During his senior year, Limam became the team captain and earned the ITA's Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. He graduated in 2003 with dual degrees in Business Administration and Sports Science.
Before playing college tennis, Limam consistently earned a top-three ranking in the Moroccan Juniors and served as a member of the Moroccan Junior Davis Cup team. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 11 in Morocco. After high school, Limam played on the Future Circuits for a year in more than ten countries and recorded wins over ATP ranked players.
Born and raised in Mohammedia, Morocco, Limam speaks English, French and Arabic. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Houston with their two young children, Lina and Ryan.