Charlotte head coach Jim Boykin has over 30 years of professional tennis teaching under his belt. And as he enters his 17th season at the helm of the 49ers men's tennis program, he has the program on the national radar. He has amassed 193 wins in his 16 seasons at Charlotte, becoming the program's all-time winningest coach. Under Boykin, the 49ers have had ten different players earn all-conference honors and they have had at least one player named all-conference in each of the last 13 seasons.
"I have really enjoyed working here and have enjoyed coaching the tennis program here," said Boykin. "I am looking forward to our team continuing to move upward from our first conference championship. We have a lot of new faces and we've got some experience coming back. It does mean a lot to the program to win a conference title and advance to the NCAAs. We want to keep doing that and go further. We want the team to get into the rankings and send more individual guys to get to the NCAA tournament."
After taking the program to its first-ever conference championship match in 2006, the Niners again made history, this time by winning the conference championship for the first time in school history and advancing to the program's first-ever NCAA Regional Tournament. Boykin was named 2007 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for the season that his Niners put together.
In 2006, the 49ers reached the finals of the A-10 Tournament, which is the first time in the program's history that the 49ers have reached a conference tournament championship match. Roy Sichel became the first player in the program's history to earn conference player of the year honors as well as the first player to play in the NCAA Singles Tournament.
In 2005, the 49ers recorded 14 wins which is the most by the team since the 2001 season. Sichel became the first player in the program's history to be named conference freshman of the year when he claimed the honor in the program's last season in Conference USA.
In 2004, the 49ers recorded their eighth double-figure wins season under Boykin.
In 2003, Charlotte posted two wins in the Conference USA Tournament to finish sixth, which was the third-highest league finish in Boykin's tenure.
In 2002, the 49ers began the season ranked in the ITA top 75 for the first time in school history. The 49ers won six of their final eight matches, including two in the Conference USA Tournament.
In 2001, the 49ers enjoyed unprecedented success when they finished the season ranked 57th in the ITA for the first time in school history. The 49ers also finished the season with a third-place finish in Conference USA, the highest finish for the program since joining the league.
During the 2000 season, the team entered the ITA top 75 national rankings for the first time in school history. With the Niners' win over Saint Louis in the first round of the 2000 C-USA Tournament, Boykin became the Niners' all-time winningest coach.
The 49ers took their first major step up the national ladder at the 1998 Conference USA Tournament. The 49ers finished fourth, their highest overall league finish since 1989. During that tournament, the 49ers upset top-seeded and nationally-ranked UAB.
Boykin and the 49ers started to build success in 1995 with a 14-11 record, and in 1996, they finished 13-9 with wins over NC State, Cincinnati and Davidson. It marked the first time since the end of the 1992 season that the 49ers had posted back-to-back winning seasons.
Boykin arrived in Charlotte via junior college power Anderson, where he amassed a 12-year record of 251-77 and led the program to two junior college national championships. He was twice named the National Junior College Coach of the Year, 1986 and 1987, and also earned South Carolina Coach of the Year and Wilson Intercollegiate Coach of the Year honors in 1986. In 1994, he was elected to the National Junior College Athletic Association's Tennis Hall of Fame. In the spring of 2000, he was elected into the Anderson College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Boykin was the 1990 head coach of the now defunct Charlotte Heat of Professional Team Tennis and produced the league's rookie of the year, Trevor "Tank" Kronermann.
A 1967 graduate of Appalachian State, Boykin earned a B.A. degree in psychology and served as an assistant coach under Jim Jones. He attended Furman from 1960-63 and was a Southern Conference Singles Champion.
He has had appointments as head tennis professional at Anderson Cardinal Racket Club, Charlotte Olde Providence Racket Club and Charlotte Country Club.