UNIVERSITY OF OREGON MEN’S TENNIS
Head Coach Nils Schyllander
Senior Duncan MacDonald-Korth
Freshman Alex Rovello
2010--11 MEDIA GUIDE 2010
Nils Schyllander has served the tennis program at the University of Oregon for 11 years and has seen the Ducks rise to the national level as the school’s director of tennis. Schyllander enters his fifth season as head men’s tennis coach after a three-year stint as the women’s head coach. Schyllander was elevated to the position thanks in large part to his success in building a quality women’s team that featured three players ranked in the top 25 in his last tenure. His excellence in recruiting and his innate ability to judge the talent of players and coaches puts the future of Oregon tennis into more than capable hands. Last season, Schyllander guided UO to an 11-3 start that earned the Ducks national prominence as they ranked as high as 65th in the country. Oregon also saw senior Alexander Cornelissen close out his career in strong fashion, advancing to the final eight in singles play at the Pac-10 Championships. During 2008, Schyllander fielded a fairly young squad against some of the top competition in the nation. With a team built on a young sophomore class, the Ducks finished the season 11-14 overall. In his mission to make Oregon more competitive, first on Schyllander’s checklist was to develop a stronger representation in doubles action. The work paid off, as the Ducks nearly doubled their match victories from 2007. In fact, the team won the doubles point in 14 of its 25 duals during the spring. Oregon’s confidence on the doubles court culminated by winning the doubles point in back-toback matches at No. 36 California (April 11) and No. 28 Stanford (April 12) in Pac-10 action. The Ducks also increased the competitiveness of their schedule, playing 12 ranked opponents during 2008. In singles action, three players reached double-digit victories, while Marcos Verdasco received Pac-10 honorable mention accolades. In 2006, Schyllander garnered the ITA/Wilson West Region Coach of the Year for his accomplishments in leading the Duck women to a 13-9 overall dual meet record and sending Dominika Dieskova to the NCAA Individual tournament as well as Ana Cecilia Olivos partnered with Dieskova to the NCAA doubles tournament. In the 2004-05 season, Schyllander led the Ducks to a 17-9 record and a top 25 national ranking. The 17 wins were the program’s highest since the Pac-10 merged into a nine-team women’s tennis conference in 1997 and a seven-win improvement from 2002-03. The Ducks reached the second round of the NCAA Team Championships, falling to No. 9 Washington, 4-3. The bid marked the Ducks’ fourth postseason appearance in eight years. Individually, Schyllander has coached two All-Americans (Daria Panova, 2002-03, 2003-04 and Courtney Nagle, 2002-03) and sent four players to the NCAA Individual Championships (Panova, Nagle, Dominika Dieskova, Alina Wygonowska). Prior to being named head coach, Schyllander was an assistant coach at Oregon for four years. Schyllander originally came to Eugene after a stint in Aliso Viejo in southern California, mentoring four nationally-ranked junior players in one and a half years. Prior to that, he served as the Advanced Junior Tennis Director for the Sam Olsen Professional Academy, coordinating the administrative aspects of the program and traveling with his players to regional and national tournaments. A former Northern Arizona University standout, Schyllander began his collegiate coaching career with the Lumberjacks as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University during the 1995-96 season. He coordinated the team’s recruiting and practice components, and also oversaw opponent scouting and various administrative duties. 4
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As a player, the two-time Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention selection was also voted the team’s MVP and Northern Arizona University’s men’s athlete of the year in 1995. Prior to his arrival in Flagstaff, Ariz., Schyllander played one season at Saddleback College, receiving All-America recognition in 1993. A native of Tessinkolan, Sweden, he graduated from high school in 1990 with an emphasis in Political Science. Afterwards, Schyllander served in the Swedish Royal Army in the Ammunition Transport Platoon through June, 1992. Schyllander graduated from Northern Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a minor in physical education. Schyllander and his wife, Rebecca, have two daughters, Elin Elisabet (10/6/02) and Ida Eleonora (7/6/07).
The Schyllander File Year 2004 2005 2006 Career (Women)
School University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon -
Position Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach -
Head Coach Record W L Pct. 17 9 .654 17 8 .680 14 9 .609 48 26 .649
2007 2008 2009 2010 Career (Men)
University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon -
Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach -
10 13 .435 11 14 .440 9 15 .375 12 11 .521 42 53 .442
Jonas Piibor joined the Ducks’ coaching staff on Sept. 29, 2008 after three successful seasons at the helm of the men’s tennis program at Indiana State University. Last season, Piibor helped oversee another season of growth from the UO men’s tennis program. Oregon posted its first winning season since 200102 with a 12-11 overall mark and the Ducks entered the national rankings, reaching as high as 65th in the country. At Indiana State his 2007-2008 team was led by a pair of seniors, Anton Tsymbalov and Rishi Behl, who were both four-time selections to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team in singles. The team played seven nationally ranked teams and finished the highly competitive season with an 11-13 mark overall and posted its best Missouri Valley Conference finish in many years with a 4-2 record. The 2006-2007 Sycamore’s reached the semifinals of the MVC team championships while posting a record of 11-12 overall and 3-3 in the conference. During Piibor’s first season as head coach, the 2005-2006 squad posted a 10-12 record overall and 2-5 league record. Along with stressing a winning attitude on the court, Piibor, a native of Sweden, is also extremely dedicated toward academics. Piibor took over a program at ISU which previously struggled in the classroom and guided the team into one of the top academic teams at the university. For his last five semesters in Terre Haute, Piibor saw the team GPA stay above 3.0. Anton Tsymbalov and Michael Wenham were named Scholar-Athlete AllAmericans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2007 and were also named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete first team. Piibor himself was a three-time MVC First-Team Scholar-Athlete. Piibor is a former player for ISU and carried the team to three straight NCAA tournaments. He was a member of the team that defeated Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Tulsa, Old Dominion, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Harvard. During his collegiate career, Piibor was a two time NCAA Individual Championhip qualifier (2000, 2001), played in four NCAA Team Championships (one at the University of South Alabama and three at Indiana State University), was ranked 28th nationally in singles, 50th in doubles nationally, top ranked in the Central Region in singles, ranked fourth in doubles in the Central Region, was elected ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year in 2001, and was elected ITA Region V Player to Watch in 2000. During his senior season in 2001, Piibor finished with a 27-13 record in the No. 1 singles position and won the MVC Individual Title, becoming the first Sycamore to win in the No. 1 singles position since Lars Nordmark in 1986. Piibor teamed with Stefan Hirn to acquire a 10-4 record at No. 1 doubles. Elected a co-captain by his teammates, Piibor ascended to No. 28 in the NCAA Division I rankings and was a member of the ITA All-Academic team. At the end of the season, Piibor played in the NCAA National Individual Championships for the second time (also, in 2000), becoming the only Sycamore ever to play in the NCAA twice. Piibor finished his junior season ranked No. 65 in the nation in singles play and No. 1 in the Midwest region. He teamed up with Gareth Keating at the No. 1 doubles position and the duo finished the 2000 season with a No. 4 regional ranking. They earned All-MVC honors and a No. 50 national ranking. During his junior campaign, Piibor was an All-MVC Academic-Team selection, and was one of only 48 players in the country to qualify for the T. Rowe Price ITA Clay Court Championships. Piibor joined the Sycamores as a sophomore after transferring from South Alabama. Piibor was named All-MVC at the No. 1 singles position while compiling an overall record of 16-1. He finished the season ranked No. 6 in the region in singles and doubles.
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Piibor started his collegiate tennis at the University of South Alabama. While there, he competed against four top-70 players in the nation. His highlight win came against 36th ranked Eddie Coates of Vanderbilt. During 2002-2003, Piibor coached world ranked juniors in Helsingborg, Sweden as well as being a strength and conditioning coach. Piibor is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). Piibor was ranked No. 10 as an 18-under junior in Sweden before coming to the United State to play collegiately. At age 18, Piibor was a member of the Swedish Junior World Cup Team that competed in Germany in 1995. After his graduation, Piibor worked as a teaching pro in Australia. A graduate of ISU, Piibor earned a bachelor’s in fitness and exercise science in 2002 and a master’s degree in adult fitness in 2005. He also carried a 4.0 GPA while earning his master’s at Indiana State. Along with coaching the Sycamores, Piibor also taught several classes for the physical education department at Indiana State. Piibor lives with his wife, Erin. The couple has one son, Nicholas Alexander, who was born Dec. 8, 2009.
The Piibor File Year 2003-05 2005-08 2008-Present
School Indiana State University Indiana State University University of Oregon
Position Assistant Coach Head Coach Associate Head Coach