Nick Carless, Head Coach
Fresno State, 2005
2014 Wilson/ITA Southwest
Region Coach of the Year
2014 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
Two Big West Conference Regular Season Championships
Two Big West Conference Tournament Championships
Two Team NCAA Tournament Appearances
Three Individual NCAA Tournament Appearances
One ITA Singles All-American at Cal Poly
After finishing his third season at Cal Poly, Nick Carless was
selected as the 2014 Southwest Coach of the Year by Wilson and the
ITA, making him one of 12 head coaches across the country to
receive the regional honor.
The 2014 season marked the second time Carless has coached the Mustangs to the NCAA Tournament as a team. In the first-round match at UCLA, freshman Ben Donovan and senior Marco Comuzzo held third-set leads for Cal Poly against the two top-ranked players in the nation at the time the overall match was clinched by the Bruins.
Cal Poly embarked on a midseason stretch in which it won 11 of 16 dual matches this past season, culminating in winning the Big West Conference Tournament championship in Indian Wells.
Carless was named the conference coach of the year afterward, while Donovan earned the league's Freshman of the Year award and five teammates joined him on the all-conference team. Three Mustangs earned the highest honors in singles, making Cal Poly the first Big West team in 19 years to have a trio of all-conference first-team members in the same season.
The postseason run came a year after the Mustangs rose to No. 45 in the national team rankings — up two spots from Carless' first year back on campus.
In 2013, Andre Dome represented the program at the NCAA Singles Championships at Illinois, and earned All-American status by defeating Kentucky's Anthony Rossi to make it to the Round of 16.
Also recently on Carless' watch, Cal Poly renovated its facilities, as the seven-court complex benefited from a $250,000 project that included the installation of a state-of-the-art scoreboard.
Altogether over his three years in San Luis Obispo, Carless has seen his players chosen for all-conference accolades a combined 15 times (either in singles or doubles) and the Mustangs have gone 14-2 against the rest of the Big West.
Additionally, in the classroom, the team has received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in 2013 and 2014 for performing at a multi-year Academic Progress Rate that ranks in the top 10 percent of all collegiate men's tennis programs in the country.
Carless began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant for the Pepperdine team that won the national championship in 2006. He then served as an assistant coach at Northwestern, helping to guide the Wildcats to a No. 60 final ranking. (While in Chicagoland, he also co-directed the Nike Tennis Camp.)
Returning to Malibu in the fall of 2007, Carless began a four-year stint as a full-time assistant for the Waves. In his five total seasons there, the program went 111-35 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all but once.
Andre Begemann, Scott Doerner, Bassam Beidas, Omar Altmann and Sebastian Fanselow were among the All-Americans he coached at Pepperdine.
In his playing days at Cal Poly, Carless started as a freshman at No. 4 singles. In doubles, his Mustang teams went a combined 14-9 in dual matches. He transferred to Fresno State, graduating with a degree in kinesiology and exercise physiology in 2005.
Carless also previously instructed at the Malibu Summer Tennis Camp, and was the head tennis professional at the Visalia Racquet Club from 2004 to 2005.
Carless grew up in Visalia, graduating in 2000 from Golden West High School, where he was a three-time All-American and a Dean's List student. As a youth player, he was ranked in the top five in northern California in each age division, and was slotted as high as No. 40 nationally.
"I'm a product of Cal Poly's 'learn by doing' philosophy, and athletics is a prime example," Carless said. "I look forward not only to coaching tennis, but also to being part of a program that develops young men into responsible adults who will enjoy rewarding careers and give back to their community. My goal is to make sure all of our players leave Cal Poly with a degree and a championship ring."