In the summer of 2010, 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 in Billy Boykin. Boykin came to Charlotte from then fellow Atlantic 10 Conference team the University of Richmond, where he had been the head coach for two years.
In his five seasons at the helm of the 49ers men’s tennis program, he has guided the 49ers to 50 wins and the first national ranking for the 49ers since 2002 when the 49ers earned a spot in the ITA National Rankings in February and March, 2014. Eleven Niners have earned All-Conference honors and three 49ers have earned Conference All-Academic team honors in his four years at Charlotte. Boykin has guided the 49ers to at least 13 wins for three straight seasons which marked the first-time since the 1997-2000 that the 49ers have recorded three straight seasons of at least 13 wins.
In 2014, Boykin guided the 49ers to a 13-7 record and the first ITA National Ranking since 2002 when Charlotte reached number 70 in the ITA National Rankings in February. Under his guidance, the doubles team of Jordi Massalle Ferrer and Kamil Khalil were ranked 31st in the ITA National Doubles Rankings (February 25) which is the highest-ever ranking for a 49ers doubles team.
In 2013, under Boykin's guidance the 49ers won 14 matches and reached the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The 49ers 14 wins (15 wins in 2012) gave the 49ers at least 14 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1989-90 seasons. Four 49ers earned All-Atlantic 10 honors last season.
In 2012, Boykin guided the team to a 15-8 overall record and an undefeated season in Atlantic 10 Conference play. For the second time in school history, Charlotte earned top seed in the conference tournament. They tied for third in the tournament and placed a school record four student-athletes on the All-Atlantic 10 team.
In his first season at Charlotte in 2011, Boykin led the 49ers to a fifth-place finish at the conference championships and an 8-16 inaugural campaign, placing a pair of student-athletes on the All-Conference lists.
Billy, the son of former head coach, Jim Boykin, who retired after 17 seasons, came to Charlotte in the midst of a tennis renaissance, as the 49ers unveiled the brand-new, state-of-the-art Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex in 2011, featuring office space, locker rooms, conference space, box seating a team lounge and a training room.
"Billy brings a wealth of experience both as a highly rated collegiate player and as an experienced coach within our conference," said Director of Athletics Judy Rose.
Boykin inherited a Richmond team that had come off of back-to-back five-win seasons before taking the Spiders to 12 matches in his second season in 2010, its biggest total since 2005. The 2010 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. A lot of that team's success can be traced to Coach Boykin's recruiting class, which was ranked the 18th-best nationally for a mid-major school by tennisrecruiting.net that season.
Prior 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 programs. Before Charleston, Boykin served for one year as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Davidson College.
A native of Charlotte, Boykin received a B.A. in political science from Davidson in 2001. Coming out of high school, Boykin was the United States Tennis Association's #1 ranked junior player in the state of North Carolina and earned Davidson College's Dalton McMichael Scholarship for excellence in academics and athletics. While at Davidson College, Boykin served as team captain and finished undefeated in singles play during Southern Conference regular-season competition in 1999.
Prior to coaching, Boykin served as a tennis professional at Charlotte's Olde Providence Racquet Club and worked as a financial analyst for a brokerage firm in Charlotte, N.C.