Sept. 10, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - Paul Wardlaw, who has spent the last seven seasons as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Iowa, has been named the new Head Women's Tennis Coach at Brown. He replaces Norma Taylor, who resigned in May after 19 seasons with the Bears.
Wardlaw brings tremendous experience with him, guiding the Hawkeyes to the National Tournament four times in the past six years, including the 2004 Tournament. 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 in 2004. In addition, he has put together teams that not only do well on the court, but also receive academic recognition from the ITA. In seven seasons with Iowa, Wardlaw complied an 83-78 record, helping the Hawkeyes become a well-prepared and formidable opponent.
While at Iowa, Wardlaw consistently pitted his squads against the nation's top competition, facing 11 ranked teams during the 2004 season, including five in the top 25. He guided the 1999 Hawkeyes to an unprecedented season with the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance and coached Iowa's first entrants into the NCAA Individual Doubles Tournament. The same duo, who finished the 1999 season ranked 19th in the nation, reached the Doubles Tournament for the second straight year in 2000, finishing the season ranked 20th in the nation. In 2002, Wardlaw coached the first woman in Iowa tennis history to compete in the NCAA Singles Tournament, and only the second woman in school history to be named All-Big Ten in four consecutive seasons. Last year, Wardlaw guided the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten semifinals, the furthest ever, and a return trop to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year hiatus. Wardlaw coached his players to numerous awards in 2004, including the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and two All-Big Ten selections.
Wardlaw took the reins of a young and struggling tennis program during the fall of 1997 and instantly turned it into a Big Ten contender. In his first season, the Hawkeyes went from an unranked 10th place Big Ten team, to a seventh place finish in the Big Ten and a final ITA ranking of 58. Wardlaw joined the Hawkeyes after serving as the men's and women's tennis and women's soccer coach at Kenyon College (Ohio) for eight years. 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 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 the Iowa practice and tactical system in detail and has influenced many professional, college, and junior coaches and players. The Wardlaw Directionals - Tactical Guidelines for Singles has been adopted by numerous professional players and top-level men's and women's college programs as their tactical base. His video High Percentage Tennis explains his Directionals in detail. He has also produced two other videos.
Wardlaw and his wife, Katy, have two daughters, Alexandra, 14, and Natalie, 11.