The Santa Clara men’s tennis program has grown to new heights over the past three years and Bronco assistant coach Rudy Siwy has played a major role. Siwy completed his third season as the Bronco head men’s tennis coach with the conclusion of the 2014 season, marking his fifth year of coaching. Siwy help guide the Broncos to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2012 and he has developed Santa Clara into a highly-ranked team on a national level as well as a perennial threat in the West Coast Conference and Northwest Region.
During the 2014 campaign, Siwy’s coaching helped Santa Clara to a 17-7 overall record. The squad finished the season with a national ITA ranking of No. 59 including a season-high rank of No. 42. The Broncos knocked off a number of ranked opponents including upsetting No. 39 Oregon 4-2, and beating No. 57 San Diego State 6-1, No. 64 Georgia State 4-0, and No. 69 New Mexico 4-1. Santa Clara reeled off a season-best winning streak of eight matches after starting the season 1-1, which helped it get off to its finest start in decades.
Siwy’s impact on the Broncos’ season was reflected in the WCC awards, as Santa Clara took home a number of accolades throughout the year. John Lamble received First-Team All-WCC honors for his stellar singles play, Ilya Osintsev was named All-WCC Second Team, and Ashot Khacharyan earned All-WCC Honorable Mention in singles. In doubles, Lamble and Ilya Osintsev were named First-Team All-WCC. Osintsev also earned WCC Player of the Week three times, the most in the conference, and he and Lamble were named Doubles Team of the Week once. The duo was named No. 1 doubles team for the WCC Tournament Team and Osintsev earned the No. 2 singles spot as well.
Siwy was able to keep the entire Broncos roster focused and motivated throughout the season. The team achieved a strong national ranking the entire season while relying on contributions from several walk-ons. One of the walk-ons picked up a huge win in the final match of the season, crushing his WCC Champion and No. 44 USD opponent 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 in the Broncos’ upset bid.
With the Broncos’ final win of the 2014 season over USF, Mills picked up his 56th career coaching victory. Over his three seasons at Santa Clara, he has recorded an outstanding 56-23 record, the best stretch in Santa Clara tennis history.
In 2013, Siwy’s efforts led Santa Clara to another terrific season. The squad finished 17-10 with a national ITA ranking of No. 61 including a season-high rank of No. 35. The Broncos knocked off a number of ranked opponents including No. 38 Boise State twice, No. 55 Tulane and No. 70 UC Santa Barbara. Santa Clara reeled off a season-high winning streak of four matches from April 13 to April 24 where it defeated USF, Portland and Gonzaga twice.
In 2012, his first year at Santa Clara, Siwy’s coaching guided Santa Clara to its most successful season in program history. Siwy helped the Broncos to numerous program firsts including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance and first NCAA Tournament win against then-No. 19 Texas during the first round. Siwy coached the Broncos to all-time highs in wins in a season (22), an all-time high in national ranking at No. 29, and the highest end-of-season ranking in school history at No. 33. During the season Santa Clara finished second in the WCC while Siwy coached four players to the all-conference singles team, four players to the all-conference doubles team and two members were also honored on the WCC All-Academic squad. Additionally, Siwy helped Ostinsev garner WCC Freshman of the Year honors, the second Bronco to ever receive the award.
Originally from Trinec, Czech Republic, Siwy was a four-year letter winner at Fresno State University. As a junior and senior he served as the Bulldogs’ No. 1 singles player. As a singles player, he achieved an all-time high singles ranking of No. 35 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's singles rankings. Siwy won the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year award and was named First Team All-WAC. As a senior in 2009, he again garnered First Team All-WAC in both singles and doubles while making the 2009 NCAA Singles Tournament.
After finishing his career at Fresno State, he began to coach with Brad Stine, a former coach of the ATP No. 1 Jim Courier, at the Stine 360 Tennis Academy in Fresno, Calif. While coaching with Stine, Stine also served as Siwy’s coach as he pursued his tennis career. Siwy quickly became the No. 1 player in the Norcal Men’s Open Division.
In Feb. 2011, Siwy began playing on the ATP circuit and he earned his first ATP points at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after winning five matches in the pre-qualifying, eventually losing to Donald Young 6-3, 7-6 in the last round of qualifying.
In Dec. 2011, he achieved a career-high year-end ranking of No. 560 on the ATP tour after winning a $10,000 Futures event in Amelia Island, Fla.