Paul Wardlaw
Paul Wardlaw
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 401/863-2104
Year: 14th
Previous College: College of Wooster '81
Position: Head Coach

Paul Wardlaw completed his 14th season coaching the women’s tennis team at Brown University in 2017-18.

Wardlaw has turned the Brown team into one of the top programs in the region and nation, and was named the 2009 ITA East Region Coach of the Year. Over his tenure, Wardlaw has had 30 student-athletes earn All-Ivy honors in singles or doubles play, including four-time First Team All-Ivy singles recipient Dayna Lord. In 2018, Brown boasted a conference-best six All-Ivy selections. He has also coached three Ivy League Rookies of the Year two ITA Northeast Rookies of the Year. 

Wardlaw’s formative coaching years took place at Kenyon College where his teams won three NCAA Division III National Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Wardlaw earned Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Decade honors in 2001. Wardlaw is well known nationally and internationally for his tactical system called Directionals and for Pressure Tennis, his book that outlines a games-approach practice and training system.

Before Brown, Wardlaw spent seven record-breaking seasons at the University of Iowa. His teams went to the NCAA Tournament four times in his last six years there. His teams reached the Round of 16 in 1999 and the Round of 64 in each of the other seasons. Wardlaw's teams have consistently been ranked in the ITA Top 60, earning a #25 National Ranking in 1999 and a #42 Ranking his last year in 2004. In seven seasons from 1997–2004 with Iowa, Wardlaw complied an 83-78 record, helping the Hawkeyes become a well-prepared and formidable opponent.

Wardlaw joined Iowa after serving as the men's and women's tennis and women's soccer coach at Kenyon College (Ohio) for eight years (1989-1997). Kenyon women's tennis was the top Division III program in the nation and was throughout the 1990s. Wardlaw's teams entered four of the last five national tournaments as the No. 1 seed, winning three NCAA Division III National Championships. The team's consistent performance on the national level was the result of Wardlaw's sound recruiting and a comprehensive system of player and team development.

Wardlaw has received several accolades and is one of the most respected coaches in the country. He was named Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Decade in 2001 and Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Year in 1993. Wardlaw has had the opportunity to work with and share his coaching ideas and philosophies with the country's top coaches. Wardlaw has also become an accomplished author with the publication of Pressure Tennis. His book explains his practice and tactical system in detail and has influenced many professional, college, and junior coaches and players. The Wardlaw Directionals - Tactical Guidelines for Singles have been adopted by numerous professional players and top-level men and women's college programs as their tactical base. His video High Percentage Tennis explains Directionals in detail. He has also produced two other tennis drill videos.

Wardlaw and his wife, Katy, have two daughters, Alexandra, and Natalie. E-Mail Coach Wardlaw or Call 401-863-2104.