Schyllander Hired as Head Women's Tennis Coach
July 17, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - Three-year University of Oregon women's tennis assistant coach Nils Schyllander (SHE-lawn-der) was promoted to the head-coaching position Wednesday, announced Athletics Director Bill Moos.
He replaces Jack Griffin, who resigned June 30 after six seasons to be closer to family in Seattle.
'I'm very delighted that Nils has accepted this position,' Moos said. 'I think he's done a tremendous job for us as an assistant and has been a key player in the success of our women's tennis program. I expect great things from him in the future and am excited to have him as one of our head coaches.'
Schyllander was instrumental in the Ducks' unprecedented success this past season, which saw Oregon finish with its highest ranking in the program's 29-year history at No. 33 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. The Ducks won seven of their final nine matches, six of those victories coming against ranked opponents, to finish the year 14-11. Oregon, 5-17 a year ago, advanced to their third NCAA Tournament in the last four years, defeating No. 18-ranked UNLV before losing to No. 11-ranked USC.
'I'm very excited to get the chance to lead the program in one of the premier athletics departments in the country,' Schyllander said. 'Jack Griffin did great job establishing Oregon women's tennis at the national level. I feel honored to get the opportunity to build upon his previous success.'
Schyllander, 30, the eighth women's tennis coach at Oregon, has an extensive background in collegiate and club coaching from both the national and international circles. He arrived in Eugene after a stint in Aliso Viejo in Southern California, mentoring four nationally-ranked junior players in one-and-a-half years. Prior to that, he served as the Advanced Junior Tennis Director for the Sam Olsen Professional Academy, coordinating the administrative aspects of the program and traveling with his players to regional and national tournaments.
A former Northern Arizona University standout, Schyllander began his collegiate coaching career with the Lumberjacks as an assistant coach during the 1995-96 season. He coordinated the team's recruiting and practice components, and also oversaw opponent scouting.
As a player, the two-time Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention selection was also voted the team's MVP. Prior to his arrival in Flagstaff, Ariz., Schyllander played one season at Saddleback College, receiving All-America recognition in 1993.
A native of Tessinkolan, Sweden, he graduated from Northern Arizona with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and a minor in physical education. He married the former Rebecca Lafferty in 1998.
Oregon, which lost three seniors to graduation, will return five letterwinners off last year's team for the 2002-03 season.