Ricky Rosas was named Miami's head tennis coach on May 25, 2017.
Rosas has been a fixture around the RedHawk program, having spent the past 15 seasons as an assistant coach. Since 2013, he has been the program’s Associate Head Coach. In addition, Rosas has two tenures as Interim Head Coach, including in 2010 when he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. He also served in similar capacity at the end of the 2006-07 campaign.
“I'm extremely excited to become the next head women's tennis coach,” said Rosas. “I would like to thank President Greg Crawford, Athletic Director David Sayler, and Associate Athletic Director Jennie Gilbert for this opportunity, and I look forward to the leadership, the responsibility, the potential and the rich tradition that we have as a program. I am confident that I'll be able to work with the student-athletes, administration and alumni to build something very special and continue on the path of Miami’s rich winning tradition.
“Miami is a very special place to thrive academically and athletically. At Miami, we develop champions and consistently create an environment for our student-athletes to maximize their ability to perform at a high level and experience the best years of their lives. I’m honored, humbled and hungry to begin leading the program, recruit and develop players and continue on the mission of Graduating Champions.”
During his time at Miami, Rosas helped guide the program to eight-straight MAC regular-season titles (2009-16), five MAC Tournament titles and five NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015). The RedHawks have tallied a 214-140 overall record during his 15 seasons, including an impressive 100-23 MAC mark.
“Ricky’s dedication to Miami tennis, combined with his success on the court as both an assistant and interim head coach made this an easy decision,” said Sayler. “I have complete confidence that Miami tennis will continue to be one of the top programs in the Mid-American Conference under Ricky’s leadership.”
As the interim head coach in 2010, Rosas led Miami to an 18-7 record and a perfect 8-0 MAC mark. The ‘Hawks then went on to win the MAC Tournament and competed in the NCAA Tournament.
Rosas brings an impressive tennis background and strong experience as an international competitor. As a junior player, Rosas was one of Mexico's finest, ranking No. 26 in singles and No. 12 in doubles in the ITF World Rankings.
In 1993-94, he participated in the U.S. Open, French Open and Wimbledon as an 18-year old. Following his junior career, he went on to play four years on the ATP Tour (1994 to 1997), reaching career-best rankings of No. 574 in singles and No. 375 in doubles.
His international experience also includes representing Mexico in several events, including the 1994 Davis Cup. After his playing career ended, Rosas spent one year at the Gary Kesl Tennis Academy in Deerfield, Fla.
Rosas and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Oxford.
"Coach Rosas' hire is nothing short of excellent news for Miami athletics, for Miami University, for the existing tennis team and for all future RedHawks. Ricardo embodies everything that Miami is about and everything good about college athletics. He is a stellar coach as well as an extremely hard worker. And above all else a top class human being who sets the best example for his students. I am delighted for Miami and for Ricky and I know that he will take the tennis team to new heights."
Anca Dumitrescu - Former Head Coach, Miami University Women's Tennis
"Coach Rosas is one of the best coaches I have had the opportunity to work with. Not only was he a great player with experience on the professional tour but he has great understanding of the game and knows how to motivate players to be their very best. He cares deeply about each student-athlete and their development as players, student and as people. Miami has made the best choice in naming Ricardo the new head coach of the Miami tennis program."
David Roditi - Head Coach, Texas Christian University Men's Tennis & Davis Cup Captain for Mexico.
"Nobody knows the Miami University tennis program better than Coach Rosas. He's not only a very knowledgeable coach but also a mentor and a great influence on all student-athletes. With his passion and loyalty, Miami will get the consistency they have been looking for. Congratulations to Miami and Coach Rosas. It's a great fit!"
Agustin Moreno - Head Coach, Loyola Marymount University Women's Tennis & Fed Cup Captain for Mexico
"Ricardo Rosas has not only proven to be a very good tennis player but has also proven himself to be a very good tennis coach. His passion for the game of tennis is phenomenal, and he has shown a great loyalty to Miami University. Most importantly, he has shown himself to be an honorable man who works passionately as a tennis coach. No doubt he will raise the level of Miami University tennis program."
Carlos Drada - Head Coach, University of Kentucky Women's Tennis
"Coach Rosas is one of the best coaches in the nation. His contagious positivism and charisma coupled with his tennis knowledge and background make him a highly effective coach."