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Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis has named Zubin Engineer, most recently of Loyola University New Orleans, as the school's ninth head men's tennis coach.
"I am extremely excited to announce the hire of Zubin Engineer as our head men's tennis coach. Coach Engineer brings a wealth of coaching experience that ranges from the collegiate to the international level as he has been successful everywhere he has worked. We look forward to having his knowledge and expertise lead our men's tennis program."
Engineer brings to Southern Miss more than 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, Davis Cup, Federation Cup, National and International levels.
He has coached or trained multiple national teams, three Davis Cup teams and has two decades of experience coaching elite teams and traveling extensively with elite players to four continents.
Engineer began his coaching career in 1991 in India with Britannia Amritraj Tennis (B.A.T), where he was part of a program that produced a Junior Wimbledon and a Junior U.S. Open champion as well as multiple Davis Cup players and Indian national champions. Vikrant Chadha, a member of the B.A.T team, was a member of India's Davis Cup team and went on to play for the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and was only the 13th All-American in Ole Miss Tennis history. Chadha was instrumental in taking the Ole Miss team to two NCAA Final Fours.
From 1991-2002, he held several administrative and coaching positions with elite clubs and academies in India, Thailand and Malaysia.
In 2003, Engineer co-founded The Tennis Academy of Asia in Thailand, Asia's largest international tennis academy, where he served as both a coach and director until 2008.
During his tenure with The Tennis Academy of Asia, he recruited players from 35 countries to train year-round at the 14-court facility. He trained the Davis Cup teams of both Malaysia and Sri Lanka as well as produced an Asian Junior Girls champion, a world No. 26 ranked player from New Zealand and developed many elite players who won ITF events. Engineer's academy hosted prestigious international events like Junior Fed and six ITF junior and pro circuit events.
In 1998, Engineer was instrumental in playing a key role in preparing the Thailand national team for the Asian Games and South East Asian Games. The team won the first-ever Asian Games Gold Medal and four South East Asian Games medal. Paradorn Srichaphan, a member of the Thailand national team won the Asian Games Gold medal and went on to achieve the status of Asia's highest ranked tennis player in history when he reached No. 9 on the ATP Tour in 2003, and Danai Udomchoke, who achieved world top 100 status on the ATP tour in 2007.
"I am very excited, privileged and honored for the opportunity to be the Head Men's Tennis Coach at The University of Southern Mississippi," Engineer said. "I want to thank Mr. Bill McGillis (Athletic Director), Mr. Jeremy McClain (Deputy Athletic Director) and Ms. Sonya Varnell (Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA) and the members of the search committee for their trust, belief and faith in my abilities as a coach and person. My mission is to build an exemplary program at USM by recruiting high caliber student-athletes who will excel both in academics and athletics. I look forward to working closely with the faculty, staff, fans and alumni at Southern Miss."
In 2009, Engineer made the jump to the American College scene when he became head men's and women's tennis coach at Loyola University New Orleans, where he led the effort of the school to field both a men's and women's tennis program for the first time since 1997. Engineer's women began competing in 2009 and the men in 2010.
During his tenure, Loyola's men received the NAIA 5 Star Team Champions of Character National Award in 2011 out of 258 teams and nine of his student athletes maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. His student-athletes have won numerous awards such as NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Award, SSAC individual Champions of Character Awards, SSAC Freshman of the Year, NAIA honorable mention All-American. Coach Engineer is also a certified professional by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Advanced Level II certified coach. He has attended a USPTA coach's clinic and 4 ITF coaches' workshops.
Engineer earned his Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree in Psychology with a Magna Cum Laude GPA of 3.86 from Loyola University New Orleans. He received the outstanding scholar award from the College of Social Sciences and was inducted as a member of the Jesuit Honor Society. Engineer's wife, Piyanart Engineer, is from Thailand and the assistant tennis coach since 2008 for the women's and men's tennis teams at the University of New Orleans.