Four freshmen earned all-conference honors this past season.
This is the first time since 1996 that a Southern Miss team had multiple all-conference honorees.
Golden Eagles advance to the quarterfinals of C-USA Tennis Championships
The Golden Eagles finished the season 14-8 overall and a 2-1 record against Conference USA opponents. One of those wins includes a big 4-0 road win against UAB late in the season. Modise's side posted a six-match win streak spanning over three weeks of competition with wins against Alcorn State, Jackson State, Middle Tennessee, UAB and William Carey.
Four of his players posted double digit win seasons including both seniors, Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen and Elena Roca and Tjasa Jerse.
The seniors finished their season with a 13-5 record on court 1 in doubles play. In their time at Southern Miss, the pair holds the best win percentage in doubles history at 67 percent and also hold the record for most wins in a single season with 22.
Drescher completed her season earning All-Conference Second Team honors, was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team with a her 4.0 in kinesiology and was named to ITA All-Academic teams and Scholar Athletes list. She finished her career with the 4th best singles record with 66 career wins.
Modise also coach Kitchen to a record setting season. Kitchen received All-Conference Third team honors for the third time under Modise and finished her career on top of the Most Career Wins list in Southern Miss history with 79 career wins.
Jerse completed her sophomore season with the best record for the Golden Eagles finishing 18-2. Majority of her competition came on court five where she finished 12-2. Roca ended her season 15-5 and finished perfect on courts 3 and 5.
This is the second straight season Dominic Modise had a winning record.
In Modise's fourth season with the Golden Eagles improved to 16-3-1 overall with three players posting 20 wins or more in the season. The Golden Eagles won seven of their nine away matches with a win at #15 Xavier. Modise placed three players on an All-Conference teams with Carolin Drescher on the 1st team and Rikketha Pereira and Alex Kitchen on the 3rd team. This was the third consecutive year Modise placed a player on an all-conference team.
Modise's team had an impressive singles season with all seven players posting a winning season. Drescher and Kitchen finished 22-6 in doubles action and held a 10 match win streak in the season.
After another successful season, four Golden Eagles claimed All-Academic and ITA Scholar Athlete awards.
In his 2015-16 season, the Golden Eagles finished the season 9-12 overall with a five players posting double digit wins during the season including one with 20 or more wins.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Modise was named the head coach of the North Carolina Wesleyan men's and women's tennis programs in 2007. The 2012 season saw Modise's teams continue to raise the expectations of North Carolina Wesleyan men's tennis after capturing a fourth-straight USA South regular season title, tournament crown and NCAA berth. The Bishops were ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation earlier in the season after defeating Kenyon College, which recently made a national championship appearance. This season also saw Wesleyan's women's team turn the corner with a third straight winning season and a share of the program's first USA South regular season championship.
His five-year tenure at NCWC saw Modise produce 44 All-Conference performers (29 male, 15 female), four USA South Rookies of the Year (three males, one female), ITA Player of the Year to Watch, ITA Rookie of the Year, ITA Regional Doubles Champions, All-American (three males), NCAA Elite 8 and three Sweet 16 finishes, a Top 10 national rankings and one USA South Player of the Year. His Bishops combined for nine conference regular season and/or tournament championships, and he exits as the all-time winningest coach in the history of both programs. For his efforts, Modise earned the league's Coach of the Year award on four occasions.
Previous to NCWC, Modise helped the Buffaloes earn an NCAA Tournament berth and a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. Both overall records during the dual season (16-8) and in the conference (9-2) were school-bests since 1999.
Among his responsibilities, Modise assisted the CU success on the singles court at the No. 4, 5, and 6 positions. All three slots were a combined overall mark of 65-26 (.714), 47-21 (.691) in dual play, and 22-10 (.688) against the conference. He also coached the No. 3 doubles tandem of Melisa Esposito and Martina Sedivec to position champion conference honors with a perfect 9-0 record.
Before joining the Buffalo staff, Modise spent two years as head coach at Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.) rebuilding the men's tennis program after a 15-year absence. He guided NSU to the conference tournament for the first time in school history and coached the team to a top-five league finish with only two scholarship student-athletes.
Prior to his successful efforts at Nicholls State, Modise was the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at the University of New Orleans. There he coached a pair of women to national recognition among the elite Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top-100 rankings and guided both programs to top-five finishes in the Sun Belt Conference. Additionally, Modise helped raise $15,000 to benefit the tennis programs and assisted with Children's Wish and the Privateers fundraising tournament. He has also been involved with fundraising through Legg Mason and the ATP Tour Futures Tournaments.
From 2000-02, Modise was the interim head coach University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At UL, he helped the Lady Cajuns reach a Top-75 national ranking and led the team to its best finish in school history. During his tenure, he coached one of his women's players to a national ranking of No. 111, the highest ranking of any UL tennis student-athlete in school history.
During his collegiate playing days at Central Alabama Community College, Modise ranked among the Top-20 in the NJCAA singles rankings and was nominated as a NJCAA Player to Watch. He was also voted the Most Inspirational and the Most Valuable Player by his teammates. In the classroom, Modise was named an All-WAC scholar athlete before completing his associate's degree in 1997. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in December of 1999. In 2003, he completed his master's degree in human performance with a concentration in sport management from the University of New Orleans.
Originally from South Africa, Modise speaks four languages: English, Dutch, Tswana and Zulu.