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After five seasons as an assistant in which he helped lead San Diego State men's tennis into the national spotlight while earning a pair of regional assistant coach of the year awards, Gene Carswell begins his 13th season as SDSU's head coach.
Carswell has led the Aztecs to five Mountain West regular season championships and two NCAA tournament berths in 2005 and 2015.
The 2015 season saw San Diego State produced one of its finest campaigns in recent years, finishing 19-9 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. Earning an at-large tournament bid after spending the final nine weeks of the regular season nationally ranked, SDSU topped No. 21 USD. Individually, redshirt junior Freddy Gelbrich was named the co-Mountain West Player of the Year, the Aztecs' second such honoree since 2012, and Hendrik Jebens joined Gelbrich on the all-singles team, while the duo also earned all-doubles team recognition.
In the 2014 spring season, Carswell guided SDSU to a 12-12 overall record and an appearance in the MW tournament semifinals. In addition, junior Thorsten Bertsch was named all-MW in singles play for the third-straight season, while he and senior Hunter Nicholas earned all-conference doubles honors for the second-consecutive year. San Diego State also won 12-consecutive regular-season conference matches from 2012-14.
Thanks to much of the team's success on the court, as the Aztecs went a perfect 6-0 in MW play during the regular season, Carswell earned league coach of the year honors in 2013. From 2005-07, he led SDSU to an unblemished 17-0 conference mark and three straight regular season crowns en route to three-straight coach of the year awards. Carswell is one of two MW head coaches to have earned the award at least three times.
Carswell had been an invaluable part of the program before taking over the helm in 2003. San Diego State has been a frequent recipient of Mountain West titles under Carswell. The Aztecs won the MW regular-season crown in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2013. San Diego State also reached the conference tournament final four times, winning it in 2005.
As an assistant, he teamed with then-head coach John Nelson to lead the Aztec program to the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the 2002-03 season. That appearance marked the fifth time in the past six years that the Aztecs had went to the NCAA Tournament, including a showing in the round of 16 in 2000.
In addition, Carswell has been a catalyst in the building of All-America players like Alex Waske, Oliver Maiberger, Ryan Redondo, Markus Dickhardt and Benedikt Stronk.
In his five seasons as an assistant coach from 1998-2003, the Aztec program reached unparalleled heights, posting an 80-44 (64.5 percent) record while playing one of the nation's most difficult schedules.
After advancing to the NCAA Tournament just one time in the program's history before his arrival, SDSU has been a frequent visitor to the sport's center stage. Between 1998 and 2003, the Aztecs reached at least the second round of the NCAA Championships on five occasions.
Carswell attended Mt. Carmel High School and was a member of the Sun Devils' 1989 CIF championship tennis team. He then went on to the University of New Mexico, where he was named the 1990 Western Athletic Conference rookie of the year. A three-time all-WAC selection, Carswell helped lead New Mexico to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Individually, Carswell participated in the NCAA in indoor singles (1992) and doubles (1992 and 1993).
Carswell held an ATP world ranking for five consecutive years from 1992 through 1996. He is a four-time open division national champion.
Prior to joining San Diego State, Carswell coached the boys' tennis team at Poway High School in 1997 and 1998, leading the Titans to the '98 CIF finals.
Carswell is married to the former Lainie Spence and has three children, Spence, Duncan and Jori. The couple resides in La Jolla.