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NILS SCHYLLANDER HEAD COACH SEVENTH SEASON NORTHERN ARIZONA, 1995
Nils Schyllander has served the tennis program at the University of Oregon for 12 years and has seen the Ducks rise to the national level as the school’s director of tennis. Schyllander has spent the past five seasons as head men’s tennis coach after a three-year stint as the women’s head coach. He 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. In the 2012 campaign, Schyllander guided the Ducks to 17 wins, the most since the 1994-95 season, including three victories over nationally ranked programs. Through UO’s first 15 matches, the Ducks posted a remarkable record of 14-1. Oregon was ranked within the ITA top 75 for the entirety of the spring dual schedule, reaching as high as No. 38 on Mar. 5. During the season, Schyllander saw the No. 69 ranked doubles team of Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen break the school record for wins with 28 against only four losses. Cambier also moved to second on Oregon’s all-time best singles season list (24); Daniel Sardu was fifth with 22 and Alex Rovello was eighth on the list with 21 wins. Under Schyllander’s watchful eye, Cambier’s impressive sophomore campaign included him earning UO’s only Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for the week of March 5-11 in addition to him capping off the season with being named to the Pac-12’s honorable mention list. Academically, UO had three tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Academic team. As a squad, Schyllander’s program was tabbed as an ITA-All Academic team with Sardu being named an ITA Scholar-Athlete. A youth movement at the top of the lineup yielded strong results during the 2011 season. The Ducks finished with an 11-11 mark. This marked the first time Oregon has finished .500 or better for two-straight seasons since 1995. Freshmen Alex Rovello and Robin Cambier combined to go 39-28 in singles play with Rovello spending a portion of the season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings. Oregon also made headway in the Pac-10 Conference, scoring a 4-3 upset victory over No. 53 Arizona on March 27 to snap a 21-match losing streak against Pac-10 opponents, picking up its first league win since April 13, 2007. The win helped the Ducks finish sixth in the Pac-10 standings, their highest league finish since tying for fifth in 2000. The 2010 season saw Schyllander guide 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. The Ducks’ 12-11 dual record was the program’s first winning record since 2002. 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-to-back 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. GODUCKS.COM
University of Oregon Ducks 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 200203. 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, 200203, 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. 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) 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Career (Men)
School University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon - University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon University of Oregon -
Position Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach - Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach Head Coach -
Head Coach Record W L Pct. 17 9 .654 17 8 .680 14 9 .609 48 26 .649 10 13 .435 11 14 .440 9 15 .375 12 11 .521 11 11 .500 17 7 .708 70 71 .496
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ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH FIFTH SEASON INDIANA STATE, 2001
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. Piibor and head coach Nils Schyllander have laid the foundation for the men’s tennis program in the three subsequent seasons. Oregon has finished with a .500 or better record in the past four campaigns. In 2012, Piibor helped guide the Ducks to 17 wins, the most since the 1994-95 season, including three victories over nationally ranked programs. Through UO’s first 15 matches, the Ducks posted a remarkable record of 14-1. Oregon was ranked within the ITA top 75 for the entirety of the spring dual schedule, reaching as high as No. 38 on Mar. 5. The No. 69 ranked doubles team of Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen broke the school record for wins with a 2-4 record. Cambier also moved to second on Oregon’s all-time best singles season list (24); Daniel Sardu was fifth with 22 and Alex Rovello was eighth on the list with 21 wins. Academically, UO had three tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, and as a squad, the Ducks were tabbed as an ITA-All Academic team with Sardu being named an ITA Scholar-Athlete. The program reached a potential monument in its rebuilding process with a 4-3 upset victory over Pac-10 foe Arizona. That victory snapped a 21-match losing skid in league play for the Ducks and vaulted them into the national rankings for the second-straight season. In 2010, Piibor helped oversee another season of growth from the UO men’s tennis program. Oregon posted its first winning season since 2001-02 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 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 All-Americans 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 ScholarAthlete. 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 Championship 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 GODUCKS.COM
University of Oregon Ducks 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 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 AllMVC 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, where he competed against four top-70 players in the nation. His highlight win came against 36th ranked Eddie Coates of Vanderbilt. 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. 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.
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
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OREGON STUDENT TENNIS CENTER
The University of Oregon Student Tennis Complex serves as home to both the men’s and women’s tennis squads. In addition to providing a competition surface for the Ducks, the six indoor and six outdoor court facility also opens its doors to Oregon’s general student body and club tennis teams. The facility opened September 25, 2000 and was a tremendous step forward in solidifying the presence of Duck Tennis as a major component of the University’s athletic culture. The $2.1 million facility project was the result of a combined fundraising effort from Physical Activities and Recreation Services (PARS) Department, the Athletics Department, and the efforts of former Oregon men’s tennis coach Chris Russell and former women’s coach Jack Griffin. The entire facility received a new playing surface and improved lighting prior to the 2008-2009 season.
Published on Jan 23, 2013