Last month, the MSU women’s tennis program hired Jon Reeves as the new head coach of the women’s program. Coach Reeves has an extensive career, coaching at University of California, Los Angeles, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and most recently, University of Oklahoma. Boasting 23 years of coaching experience, Reeves also played collegiate tennis at the University of South Carolina.
Reeves was drawn to Bozeman because of the community, culture and support that Bozeman offers. “It is a tremendous environment for my family and I,” Reeves said. Montana State was also key in bringing him to coach for the Bobcats. “The camaraderie of the athletic department staff and administration, as well as their willingness and commitment to work together for the greater good” helped bring Reeves to MSU.
The Bobcat women finished last season 11-13 overall, and 4-7 in conference play. “This will be a learning year for us all,” Reeves said. “Foundations are important to any lasting structure, so we will devote an inordinate amount of energy towards building a base and getting it right.” Reeves also has goals for the Bobcats style of play. “Our aim is to play the game of tennis with total class,” Reeves explains.
The Bobcats are young this year, with no seniors on the roster, but Reeves has confidence in each and every player. “They will each play very important roles and will be leaders in their own way,” Reeves said. The new man in charge has large yet practical plans for the Bobcats in the upcoming seasons. “First we need to become relevant within the Big Sky Conference,” Reeves said. “The next step is to begin contesting for conference championships. Not until then can we begin thinking about the national scene.” It will not be easy for the Bobcats, but Reeves believes it to be possible. “Training, improving each player’s game and working as a team will be the initial charge,” Reeves said. “Sure our drive will be towards winning, but the focus will be on our team as a unit. There will be small steps along the way that involve hard work and discipline, respect for the game, citizenship and testing individual character.”
The Bobcats will start their season on the road at the Cougar Classic in Pullman, Washington on Sept. 11. “We have a great team of women who are truly committed,” Reeves said. “We are ready to get this season underway.”