SHAWNEE – Jason Proctor takes over the head coaching duties of the men’s and women’s tennis program after a year as the assistant coach, Oklahoma Baptist Director of Athletics Robert Davenportannounced Tuesday.
Proctor succeeds Nick Papac, who left OBU to take an assistant coach position at the University of Oklahoma.
“I believe Jason is a great fit for the OBU tennis programs,” Davenport said. “He is a quality young coach who has great experience both as a player and coach and we expect he will continue the success of our programs. He is an outstanding young man who fits the mission of the university and has the ability to recruit, coach and lead our teams.”
“I’m grateful for Coach Papac, who led the way and taught me so much last year,” Proctor said. “I’m grateful to Robert (Davenport) for giving me this opportunity and to the players for what an awesome experience they gave me last year. I’m very excited to get going.”
Returning juniors and seniors were facing the prospect of their third head coach in as many seasons. The promotion of Proctor helps the transition.
“This should relieve a little bit of that stress for them,” Proctor said. “They don’t have to feel like the new kid in class; they’ve had this teacher before.”
While the transition will be easier, there are a few changes Proctor is ready to implement.
“Coach Papac and I agreed on just about everything, but I am my own person,” Proctor said. “I will continue to pursue the fundraising and really put the foot on the gas in that department. I would like to make home matches bigger, so to speak. I want to make it a big event. That was something big to me in my playing career. I want my players to experience that.”
Proctor, who was heavily involved in recruiting last year, also wants to go further as head coach.
“I plan on traveling greater distances for recruiting and get OBU’s name out there,” said Proctor. “I really want to amp up the recruiting. I traveled a few times and was pretty heavily involved in the recruiting.”
Prior to coming to OBU, Proctor was a volunteer assistant coach at TCU and was involved in on-court coaching, running practices and coordinating team travel for the Big 12 champions.
OBU’s women won the Great American Conference championship last season and the injury-plagued men’s team was 7-8.
“We have a talented group on both sides,” Proctor said. “They are hard workers and have great attitudes. Not only is it fortunate that I know everyone, but I also know they are very coachable and there are a lot of opportunities to be had. They have known me for a year and they know what to expect and they know my style.”
Proctor played four season at Abilene Christian University on athletic and academic scholarships. He received the “Spirit of ACU Tennis” award.
As a senior, he claimed a Southland Conference championship in No. 2 doubles and had a winning record at No. 2 singles. A captain of that 2016 team, he helped ACU to its first NCAA Division I national ranking.
Proctor received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was presented the College of Business Administration Integrity Award.