Mark Frisby is moving into his third year as the men's and women's tennis head coach, two sports that were added to Seattle University in 2008.
In 2010 the women placed second at the National Independent tournament and finished with a 9-11 dual match record. They earned an invitation into the Great West Conference for the third season. The men also placed at the Independent tournament, earning a third-place spot and ending the season with a 7-16 dual match record.
The 2009 season proved to be a building year, as the men finished with a 4-11 dual match record. The women fared better, placing third at the National Independent Tournament and finishing with a 6-8 record. The women also posted wins over Division I schools Portland State, Eastern Washington, Longwood, and NJIT.
Frisby had been the coed coach at Seattle Prep for 14 years spanning two different time periods, from 1991 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2007. He compiled a dual match record of 270-4 at Seattle Prep, helping the school win 12 Metro championships, 12 state championships, and five district titles.
During the fall season, Frisby had been the head coach for the Issaquah High School boys and girls tennis teams from 2000 to 2007, compiling a 125-40 record. From 1967 to 1972, he coached the boys and girls tennis teams at Mercer Island High School, losing only one of 59 matches while earning five league championships. Combined, his coaching record at the high school level is 453-45.
Frisby is very familiar with Seattle University, having earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and his master’s degree in education from the school in 1971. He was the number one singles player on the SeattleU squad in 1961 and 1965 and coached the team from 1969 to 1971 and 1972 to 1973, compiling a 70-22 record.
“I am honored and excited to be given the opportunity to bring the Seattle University tennis program back to the level it was at previously,” Frisby said.
Since 1984, Frisby has been the owner and president as well as a tennis instructor at the Sammamish Club in Issaquah. He has been the director of the Nike Tennis Camps in Sun Valley, Idaho, since 1980 and also the tennis director of Sun Valley Tennis since 2000.