New Mexico, 2006
Ryan Stotland is in his fourth year as the assistant coach of The University of Arizona women's tennis program. He is an energetic and passionate person which he easily transfers to his coaching style. He has been around the game his entire life and started coaching at the age of 12, inspired by his father, Duane, a former women's college coach at Idaho State University.
"Ryan has been instrumental in our team's success. His knowledge on the court and his passion for the game have helped our program attain national recognition once again. He knows what it takes to win and enjoys the challenge of coaching young people. Ryan loves representing the Wildcats and brings this enthusiasm to the team every day," according to head coach Vicky Maes.
Stotland looks forward to this upcoming year. "This season is going to be really exciting. We face a tough schedule come spring but, after having such a successful season last year and adding two new quality freshmen, I feel we are capable of stepping up to the challenge. Our team consists of a great group of young people who put in the time and work hard day in and day out. As a result, I feel we will make big strides once again."
In his playing days, Stotland was a college standout at the University of New Mexico. He went from a walk on position to the number one player on the team. Under his leadership, the Lobos captured two conference titles. Individually, Stotland earned the highest accolades in history at UNM, becoming the highest ranked individual at No. 2 in the NCAA in doubles. He was also a finalist at the Icy/Hot All American Championships.
Stotland graduated in 2006 with majors in Accounting, Marketing, and General Business. He is UNM's only four-time MWC All-Academic team, MWC Scholar Athlete, and ITA Scholar Athlete Honoree.
Prior to joining the Wildcats, Stotland played on the ATP professional tour. He compiled a successful winning percentage at the highest level of tennis. He earned ATP singles and doubles points, earning a world ranking of 499 in doubles. Participating on the tour gave Stotland an opportunity to travel the world, an experience that helps him relate to the international players on the team.
"Ryan is a natural. He's relaxed and funny and relates to the girls really well," Maes said, "College coaching was a great shift from playing for him. He was an excellent role model as a player - demanding the best from himself and his team. He does the same here. I know he loves being a part of the great tradition at The University of Arizona, and we are happy to have him."