Dave Mullins started playing tennis at the age of 10, and within six years he was the Irish National Junior Champion. He competed in Junior Wimbledon and the Junior French Open before accepting a scholarship to play at Fresno State University in California. There, he helped his team become a consistent top 25 program while becoming a top 50 ranked singles college player and a top 5 doubles player. In his senior year, he battled through injuries to finish with All-American honors before playing on the ATP tour for a brief time, achieving a world ranking in both singles and doubles. Throughout his time as a collegiate and professional player, he represented his home country of Ireland in Davis Cup play.
Shortly after his playing career ended, he started coaching and honed his skills working with many different levels and age groups of tennis players both at home and in America. During this time, he coached and travelled with top ITF junior players around the world before pursuing his ultimate goal of becoming an elite college coach at the NCAA Division I level. He started on the men’s side at DePaul University, helping them earn their first year-end national ranking in over a decade. From there, he moved on to the women’s side, helping Northwestern University achieve their very first #1 national ranking in program history. He was rewarded with the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors. During his time at Northwestern, he coached a number of All-Americans and NCAA Champions. Due to his success at Northwestern, he was named the Head Coach at the University of Oklahoma at the age of 28, making him the youngest coach at the BCS level at that time.
At the University of Oklahoma, he set out to improve a program that had suffered 4 straight losing seasons. Within two years, he guided his team to the NCAA tournament and within three years, the team finished in the top 25 of the national rankings. During his 8 years at OU, he helped the team to a number of program firsts and garnered numerous coaching awards from the ITA and the USTA.
Now, Dave wants to focus his attention on helping players be more prepared for all the transitions they will inevitably go through during their tennis careers. He believes in building a tennis player upon a much stronger physical and mental foundation. It has been his experience that many elite players have strong technical skills, but are lacking in many other areas that will determine their success or failure. Please check out his blog page for some insights and advice in these areas.
Dave earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Finance from Fresno State University and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma. He has his USPTA P1 certification and is also a certified personal trainer. Dave combines his experience as a successful player and coach, along with his education and interests in teaching practices, health, nutrition, strength & conditioning, recovery, longevity, psychology, yoga, and meditation to best serve the players he mentors.
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