National search for replacement will begin
Michaela Bezdickova defeats No. 72 Stefanie Tan at No. 1 singles.
Roy Cañada was named the head coach of the University of New Mexico women's tennis team in August of 2009 succeeding Kathy Kolankiewicz, who retired after leading the program for 24 years. A 14-year coaching veteran and former Lobo All-American, Cañada spent 11 seasons (1996-2007) as the Lobos' assistant coach under Kolankiewicz before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He was named Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2005.
During his time with the program Cañada has helped the Lobos accumulate a 223-126 (.640) record. Between 1997 and 2009 he helped take UNM to the conference finals or semifinals every year. New Mexico also earned seven NCAA Tournament bids during that time.
With Cañada's help New Mexico has had three players named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and one named MWC Female Student-Athlete of the Year. New Mexico players have also racked up 17 all-conference awards under his tutelage.
Cañada's collegiate playing career at New Mexico (1990-1994) was marked with numerous honors. A three-time all-Western Athletic Conference selection, he was named All-America in doubles with partner Coulter Wright in 1994 and helped UNM win four straight Western Athletic Conference championships. Cañada is currently ranked seventh on New Mexico's career doubles wins list with 78. He also holds the 20th spot on the career singles wins list with 66.
Cañada played on the men's professional tennis tour, reaching No. 690 in the world in doubles and No. 840 in singles.
Cañada has also earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Albuquerque's best private tennis instructors, teaching at the Lobo Tennis Club.
Cañada graduated from UNM in 1994 with a degree in Communications. Originally from Queretaro, Qro. Mexico, he and his wife, Gen, have three children: Joshua Andrew, Jessica and Olivia.