A national search to find Charlotte's 16th head men's tennis coach led the 49ers to points far and wide before choosing a familiar candidate with conference ties as Billy Boykin has been named head coach of the 49ers program. Boykin joins Charlotte from Atlantic 10 Conference foe Richmond, where he had been the head coach for the past two seasons.
"I am very excited to join the Charlotte Athletic Department," said Boykin. "(Director of Athletics) Judy Rose and her staff are committed to excellence and exhibit a passion for 49er athletics that is extremely contagious. Charlotte is a wonderful school and I am truly grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to officially becoming a part of Niner Nation and cannot wait to get started."
Boykin, the son of outgoing coach Jim Boykin, who retired after 17 seasons, comes to Charlotte in the midst of a tennis renaissance, as the 49ers will begin construction on a brand new tennis center later this year.
"I am thrilled that we were able to attract so many highly qualified candidates for our tennis coaching position," said Rose. "I am even more excited that Billy Boykin has accepted the position and will be ready to start on July 1! Billy brings a wealth of experience both as a highly-rated collegiate player and as an experienced coach within our conference. He had the top recruiting class at Richmond and leaves them in good shape as he heads to Charlotte. We expect him to have a similar impact on the Charlotte program."
Boykin inherited a Richmond team that had registered back-to-back five-win seasons before taking the Spiders to 12 matches in his second season of 2010, its biggest total since 2005. Last year's Spider team had the A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, Sebastien Fauchet, giving the team its first such honoree since its first year of A-10 membership in 2001. Fellow freshman Jesse Feder set a single season record for most wins in a season with a 27-6 mark at No. 2 singles.
"I enjoyed my time at the University of Richmond," said Boykin. "I wish my players the best and am proud of their accomplishments."
Previous to Richmond, Boykin was the men's and women's assistant coach at the College of Charleston. He was involved with all phases of the Cougars' nationally-ranked tennis program. In his final season, 2008, the women finished with a 23-4 overall record (8-1 in the Southern Conference) and were ranked No. 75 in the ITA national polls, while the men were ranked No. 63. Seven student-athletes were selected to the All-Southern Conference Team in 2007.
Prior to his stint in Charleston, Boykin served for one year as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Davidson College. He finished with a 41-30 singles mark and a 36-18 doubles mark while a men's tennis student-athlete with the Wildcats, playing several matches against the 49ers.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Boykin received a B.A. in political science from Davidson in 2001. Boykin earned the school's Dalton McMichael Scholarship for excellence in academics and athletics, and served as team captain while finishing undefeated in his flight during Southern Conference regular-season play in 1999.
Boykin has previously served as a tennis professional and financial analyst in Charlotte, and spent one summer in Spain teaching English as a second language to business professionals.
Boykin takes the reigns of the program following the retirement of his father Jim, who finished with a school-record 200 wins and the school's only conference title and NCAA Appearance in 2007. Billy was 12 years old when his father took the head coaching position at Charlotte in 1993.