A very young Husky group steps onto the courts for the first time this year at St. Mary's.
Former collegiate All-American Luke Shields enters his second season as assistant coach in the purple and gold. Shields was one of the top collegiate players in the nation during his time at Boise State, leading the Broncos to the NCAA tournament all four years, while also earning accolades for academics and sportsmanship.
After graduation in 2008, Shields became the men's assistant at his alma mater for two seasons, and the 2009 Bronco squad made the NCAA Round of 16 for just the second time in program history, upsetting 14th-ranked Alabama in the second round. Shields then spent the 2010-11 season as the women's tennis assistant coach at Marshall University. In that one season, the Thundering Herd were ranked as high as 34th nationally, and their top doubles duo of Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna went undefeated in the regular season and were ranked as high as 15th. They made the NCAA doubles tourney and Kissell qualified in singles as well.
As a player, Shields was ranked as high as seventh nationally in both singles and doubles during his career. He made the NCAA Doubles Championship all four years, with round of 16 finishes in 2005 and 2008, and made the NCAA Singles Championship three times with a round of 16 run in 2005. He was named an ITA All-American in singles in 2007 when he finished the year ranked 13th, and grabbed All-America honors in singles and doubles in 2005 as a freshman, finishing the 2005 season ranked eighth in doubles. The Broncos won the Western Athletic Conference team title in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
He was the WAC Player of the Year in 2006-07 when he also made the quarterfinals of both the ITA National Indoor Championships and the ITA All-American Championships. Shields won the ITA Mountain Regional singles title as a senior, and as a freshman was named WAC Freshman of the Year. He also made the ITA National Indoor doubles semifinals as a sophomore, and was named to the All-WAC First Team every year.
Shields also excelled in the classroom and was recognized for his exemplary sportsmanship. He received the USTA Sportsmanship Award at the 2007 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships and as a senior he was the Mountain Region nominee for the ITA John Van Nostrand Memorial Award. He was named to the WAC All-Academic Team all four years of his career.
He is a native of Grand Junction, Colorado.