One of the most respected and successful coaches in the Southeast region, Carlos Garcia is in his 12th year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During his career, Garcia has coached both the men's and women's teams at UTC, guided a conference Player of the Year winner, earned regional coaching honors from the ITA, worked with the U.S. Davis Cup Squad and had his team earn ITA Academic Team honors.
Garcia has produced six winning seasons during his tenure at UTC, including last season's 14-9 mark. He has coached nine individuals and four doubles teams to All-Southern Conference recognition and has the talent on the squad this year to add to that list.
He kept Mocs moving in the right direction with the 2011-12 campaign. Chattanooga increased its win total for the fourth year in a row, posting the most wins for the program since 2007.
Garcia spent his first two seasons at UTC coaching both the men's and women's teams. He has focused his efforts solely on the men's program for the past eight-plus seasons and has had impressive results on and off the court.
He led the Mocs to the championship match of the Southern Conference Tournament for two consecutive years, in 2005 and 2006. The Mocs had four-consecutive winning seasons from 2005-08, finishing fourth in the very competitive SoCon each year.
In 2006 and 2007, Garcia directed the men's team to 17 impressive wins and identical 5-4 records in the SoCon. During that time, UTC produced two second team All-SoCon doubles tandems in Josh Bales-Mark Fynn and Badr Bouabdellah-Artyom Vlasenko. In singles play, Bouabdellah had an outstanding dual-match season, registering a 24-2 record and a perfect 9-0 mark in SoCon matches.
In 2005, the Mocs earned an 18-11 overall record. Garcia also coached two second team All-SoCon performers in No. 1 singles player Arturo Navarro and No. 4 singles player Vlasenko.
Under Garcia's guidance, Jason Ontog and Cynthia Oulevay were both named First-Team All-SoCon in 2002. Oulevay went undefeated in league competition, while Ontog lost just once in 10 matches. Ontog and doubles partner Tim Kutschera were listed First-Team All-SoCon.
Ontog, the 2001 SoCon Men's Player of the Year and No. 1 singles champion, received the Buddy Hartsell-Don Bunch Sportsmanship Award two times and achieved an Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking as high as No. 67.
In the classroom, the 2001-02 men's team earned ITA Team Academic honors, while James Dickerson and John Hangstefer were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Gordon Ruddell and Sam Parfitt both earned ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2010 while Parfitt and Stephen Crofford grabbed the honors in 2012.
Garcia's collegiate coaching career began in 1994 when he served as a men's assistant at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, until 1999. In 1999, Garcia moved on to the University of North Carolina to become the men's assistant coach. The Tar Heels finished the season ranked 20th in the nation, and Garcia was named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the ITA in 1999 and 2000.
Garcia took his coaching talents to a new level when he left North Carolina in 2000 to become the personal coach to Davis Cup standout and former NCAA singles champion Chris Woodruff for two seasons. He also coached Woodruff, a former Tennessee player, to his second ATP singles title at the ATP Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I. Woodruff also had a quarterfinal showing at the 2000 Australian Open under Garcia's guidance.
Prior to accepting the job at UTC, Garcia was the teaching professional at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club in Knoxville, Tenn. Garcia is a 1987 honors graduate of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in General Business. While a member of the Volunteers' tennis team, he earned three tennis letters and was a member of the 1986 Southeastern Conference Championship squad.
A competitive player himself, Garcia and teammate Mark Harrison, won the USTA National 35s Grass Court Doubles Championship in 2002 and USTA Indoor 35s National Doubles Championship in 2005 with partner Jeff Wright. Garcia and Harrison were runners up at the 2005 National Clay Court Doubles Championships. Garcia finished fifth in August of 2006 in the USTA National 40s Grass Court Championships, while he and doubles partner Eric Burke took fourth place in the doubles event. Born Aug. 3, 1964, Garcia served for three years on the NCAA Southeast Regional Selection Committee.
Carlos Garcia's Men's Tennis Head Coaching Record
Updated July 2012.