Brian Rector completed his 25th season as head men's tennis coach at Baldwin-Wallace College in 2013-14. He is the winningest men's tennis coach in BW and Ohio Athletic Conference history with a 456-89 career record and an outstanding .837 winning percentage, including a 19-4 overall mark this spring.
Coach Rector has led four Yellow Jacket teams to OAC titles and 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 take his team to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and win an Division III national title. In 2011-2012, BW advanced to the national tourney and into the second round.
Evidence of the strength of the program is 12 straight seasons with 19 or more victories, including eight 20-win campaigns. The Yellow Jackets captured OAC regular season titles in 2004, 2005, and 2011 and have made seven OAC Championship match appearances in the last nine years. During the past nine years, Rector's teams have posted an amazing mark of 190-30 with an .864 winning percentage.
Brian Rector's Numbers
Years at BW
|OAC Coach of the Year||2004, 2005, 2012
|OAC Regular Season Championships||3|
|OAC Tournament Championships||4|
|OAC Players of the Year||6|
"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 four of our tennis student-athletes have earned Academic All-America acclaim and five have been named OAC Player of the Year since the award was established in 1999, including a pair of two-time honorees.
Prior to taking over the team in 1989, Rector was a four-year letterman in tennis, a team captain and a CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American player for the Yellow Jackets. He also, at one time, owned all of the BW single-season and career-records for singles, doubles and combination victories. Now some of his current and former players own those marks.
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 four other CoSIDA Academic All-America student-athletes in Kevin Peacock '98, Josh Myers '01, Bryan Bartunek '02 and Alex Trzeciak '12.
"We tell our student-athletes when we recruit them to come to BW that they are here to first get a quality education and that playing on a championship tennis team is a part of the benefit," said Rector. "We have had great success both on the court and in the classroom."
Rector has brought the Yellow Jackets to the brink of being an NCAA Division III National Tournament contender. And succeeded when his team made it to the tournament in 2011-12.
"Our goals as a team every year are to first go unbeaten during the OAC regular season, 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 Academic All-OAC, Academic All-District and Academic All-American 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.
|Brian Rector Year by Year Records|
|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