Brian Rector will begin his 30th season as head men's tennis coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2018-2019. He is the winningest men's tennis coach at BW, in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in Ohio Division III collegiate tennis history with a 527-109 career record and an outstanding .829 winning percentage, including a 205-48 mark versus OAC competition for an .810 winning percentage. Simply put, Rector and his team are WINNERS.
Rector has led four Yellow Jacket teams to OAC titles and his 2012 squad to the NCAA Division III National Tournament second round. He has developed the BW program into being among the best in the OAC and the Central Region of the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association).
Rector's goal each season is to win the OAC title and take his team to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and win an Division III national title.
Evidence of the strength of Rector's program is 19 or more victories in 12 of the last 15 seasons, including eight 20-plus win campaigns. The Yellow Jackets captured OAC regular season titles in 2004, 2005 and 2011 and won the OAC Tournament crown in 1992, 2004, 2005 and 2012. His teams have made seven OAC Championship match appearances in the last 12 years.
Brian Rector's Numbers
Years at BW
|30th in 2018-2019|
|OAC Coach of the Year||2004, 2005, 2012
|OAC Regular Season Championships||Three|
|OAC Tournament Championships||Four|
|OAC Players of the Year||Five|
"We are proud of our team accomplishments and those of our student-athletes," said Rector. "We have a tradition of excellence both in the classroom and on the court. We are proud of the fact that five of our tennis student-athletes have earned Academic All-America acclaim and five have been named OAC Player of the Year award.
"In addition, our men's tennis program has had the best grade point on our campus for the last eight straight years, including a 3.43 team GPA in 2017-2018" said Rector. "We are very proud of that as both a team and individual accomplishment.
"Our men's tennis student-athletes take great pride in the success we have had both in the classroom and on the tennis courts," continued Rector. "Our upperclassmen work with and challenge our underclassmen to achieve excellence in both areas."
Prior to taking over the BW program following his graduation in 1989, Rector was a four-year letterman and four-time BW team Most Valuable Player in tennis. He also was a three-year team captain and a CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American player for the Yellow Jackets. As a senior in 1988-1989, Rector won the OAC title at second singles and set a single-season school-record for singles with with 15. He also combined with Bill Doraty '89 to win the OAC first doubles crown and set a school-record for doubles wins with 14.
At the time of his graduation, Rector owned all of the BW single-season and career-records for singles (46-15 with a .754 winning percentage), doubles (41-20 with a 672 winning prercentage) and combination victories (87-35 with a .713 winning percentage). Now, many of his current and former Yellow Jacket players own those marks.
"What our tennis student-athletes have and continue to achieve is outstanding," said Rector. "I am proud of each and every one. I am proud of their work in the classroom and on our campus and proud of their efforts as leaders on the court."
After receiving his bachelor's degree in business administration in the spring of 1989, Rector immediately took over the reins of the BW program from his coach and mentor Truman Fields. In his inaugural season, Rector guided the Yellow Jackets to their best-ever record and has since led his squad to new standards of excellence.
Coach Rector is a strong believer in the NCAA Division III philosophy of the student-athlete. During his coaching career, Rector has mentored five other CoSIDA/ CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America student-athletes in Kevin Peacock '98, Josh Myers '01, Bryan Bartunek '02, Alex Trzeciak '12 and Doug Ganim '16. This spring, current junior Dominic Polifrone '19 won his second straight BW Academic Excellence Award.
"We tell our student-athletes when we recruit them that they are here to first get a quality education," said Rector. "Playing on a championship tennis team is a part of the benefit. We have had great success both on the court and in the classroom.
"Our goals as a team every year are to first go unbeaten during the OAC regular season and win a regular season title, then win the OAC Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Division III National Tournament," said Rector. "Individually, we want each player to excel to the best of his ability in the classroom. We have been fortunate to have a number of players go on to earn some outstanding honors."
Rector is currently employed by KeyBank in Cleveland as a Network Engineer and resides in Berea with his wife Amanda and their four boys; Adam, Kyle, Ben and Zach.
|Year||Overall Record||OAC Record|
* - denotes B-W school record for wins in a season
# - denotes OAC Tournament Champions
^ - denotes OAC Regular Season & Tournament Champions