ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico men's tennis interim head coach Bart Scott announced this week that former Lobo student-athlete Ben Dunbar will join the men’s tennis program as the graduate assistant coach.
"I'm thrilled to announce the hiring of Ben Dunbar as my assistant tennis coach,” Scott said. “He was a special student-athlete who excelled on the court as well as in the classroom. Ben is young and hungry yet he is wise beyond his years when it comes to tennis experience and coaching. I expect him to hit the ground running as he already knows the program and university inside and out."
Dunbar, who is originally from Nottingham, England, spent his college career playing tennis at UNM under former coach Alan Dils and Bart Scott from 2008-2012. He excelled in doubles and singles play during his time as a Lobo, finishing with a career singles record of 55-49 and a doubles record of 73-34.
“It's an honor to become the assistant coach of the UNM men’s tennis team,” Dunbar said. “Ever since my sophomore year in college it has been a dream of mine to coach here and now that has become a reality. I’d like to thank Tim Cass, Alan Dils, and Bart Scott for giving me this opportunity.”
Dunbar accumulated several awards throughout his college tennis career for his success on and off the court including All-Mountain West honors in singles and doubles, All-MW Academic honors, MW Scholar Athlete honors, and several singles and doubles Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Dunbar maintained a 4.0 GPA during his last four semesters of undergrad.
Dunbar will begin assisting Coach Scott with the men’s tennis program this month. In addition to taking on the task of assistant coach, Dunbar is currently working towards earning his master's degree at UNM.
“The Albuquerque tennis community is a close knit community with great people involved and I look forward to getting to know many more on a deeper level and helping our team represent the community with the Lobo heart that we all love to see,” Dunbar said. “I would also like to use this opportunity to pay homage to Alan Dils, who was my head coach during my college experience. On behalf of all Lobo tennis players, I want to thank Alan for the time he invested into making us better people and better tennis players.”
Dils retired last month after 18 outstanding seasons as head coach of the men’s tennis team.