|Position:||Assistant Men's Tennis Coach|
Mark Dickson enters his fifth year as an assistant coach of the University of Miami's men's tennis program after joining the Miami men's tennis staff in October of 2011.
The 2014-15 season saw a lot of promise from young players, as Miami's No. 1 player was freshman Piotr Lomacki, and No. 2 was shared with rookie Christian Langmo (13 matches) and senior Wifredo Gonzalez (7). The Canes' doubles duos were split with freshman-senior teams, with Lomacki and Henrique Tsukamoto winning eight doubles matches, seven at No. 1, and Gonzalez teaming with Kevin Bondar to pick up nine doubles wins, with six at No. 2. The Canes faced 13 ranked teams this season, and were 7-4 against unranked opponents.
In Dickson’s third season with the Canes, he helped the 2013-2014 Miami team scale the rankings to No. 39 in the nation, ending the season as No. 55 in the country. Miami defeated five Top 75 teams, including No. 18 Wake Forest and No. 31 NC State back-to-back in March. The Canes ended the season with a 14-11 overall with a 4-7, ninth-place mark in the ACC.
In his second season, Dickson assisted the young and talented 2012-2013 team finish the season at .500 with 13 wins and went 10-4 at home with. The Canes also beat six teams that were ranked in the top 75.
In his first season as the assistant coach of the Miami men’s tennis program, Dickson helped a young Hurricanes team to be ranked as high as No. 31 in the country. UM began the season 6-2 through February, ending with an 8-13 overall record. The Canes downed a pair of nationally-ranked teams in No. 55 New Mexico (4-3) and No. 57 Alabama (5-2).
Dickson arrived at Miami for the 2011-12 season, following successful careers as both a player and coach. As a player, Dickson was successful on all levels. He was a captain and leader of three Top 8 finishing Clemson University men's tennis teams. There he was three-time All-American and ranked No. 2 and No. 5 in college singles and doubles, respectively. Mentored by Coach Chuck Kriese, a four-time ITA/USPTA/PTR Division I National Coach of the Year, he also advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals twice.
As a professional, he was ranked as high as No. 12 on the ATP prize money list, No. 23 on the ATP Tour doubles rankings, No. 32 on the ATP Tour singles rankings, No. 20 on the WCT Tour singles rankings and No. 10 on the US Men's Open singles rankings.
He is a 10-time winner of international professional tournaments, including WCT River Oaks International and ATP Toulouse. In bigger tournaments, including the US Open and the Australian Open, he has advanced to the grand slam quarterfinals and defeated many top 10 players in the world, including then-No. 1 Ivan Lendl.
Dickson learned a lot about the game while being practice partners with former world No. 1 players Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier and Jimmy Connors.
Throughout his career Dickson has been a model for sportsmanship, winning awards that include the ACC Championships Sportsmanship Award, the ATP Tour Cologne Sportsmanship Award, the Charles Mulcahy Sportsmanship Award from the Milwaukee Tennis Classic and he was the runner-up for the ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.
Dickson began coaching privately in 1990 in Sarasota, Fla., where he led students to universities like UM, Clemson and Georgia, as well as rankings as high as No. 159 on the ATP tour and No. 39 on the WTA tour.
In 2008, Dickson opened the Mark Dickson Tennis Academy LLC in Sarasota and was the President, Manager and Director of Tennis and Athletic Performance until Sept. 2011. His academy has provided coaching, player development, fitness and movement skills to players of all ages from QuickStart through NCAA Division I college.
Last season, he was a volunteer assistant coach of men's tennis at Florida Gulf Coast University, which received the 2011 ITA All-Academic Team Award.
Dickson, who holds certifications such as USPTA Professional 1, ATP World Tour Professional and USPTA Specialist in Competitive Player Development, was also named as one of the 2011 USTA Regional Player Development Camp Coaches.
Dickson, who attended Clemson for four years, earned his degree from Thomas Edison State College.