Marty Davis is in his 20th season as the head men's tennis coach at UCSB.
The Gauchos have claimed 11 Big West Championship titles and advanced to 11 NCAA Tournaments under the leadership of Davis, including four straight and five of the last six.
Following the 2018 season, he was awarded his 10th Big West Conference Coach of the Year award. Davis was chosen Coach of the Year four consecutive years from 2006-09, guiding the program to Big West crowns and NCAA Tournament bids each season and now he was won the honor in three straight campaigns.
Under Davis' guidance, numerous UCSB players have reached outstanding heights, including current Gaucho Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, the 2018 Big West Player of the Year, who advanced to the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament before losing a five-set thriller to the top-seeded Martin Redlicki of UCLA.
In 2000, Davis' first season at the helm, Simon Shen was named Big West Player of the Year after going 20-0 in dual match singles, 30-3 overall and advancing to the NCAA Championships as an individual. In 2002, not only did the Gauchos win their first league titlte under Davis, but Carlos Palencia was named Big West Player of the Year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as well. Palencia repeated repeated as Player of the Year in 2003. In 2007, Philip Therp advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007. In 2017, the UCSB doubles tandem of Morgan Mays and Simon Freund qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In 2006, Davis tutored Nick Brotman to Big West Player of the Year honors, in 2008 it was Philip Therp and in 2009 Alex Konigsfeldt earned the honor. In addition to Player of the Year awards, Bijan Hejazi (2006) and Therp (2007) each named Big West Freshman of the Year.
Davis earned Big West Coach of the Year honors in 2006 after guiding the Gauchos to the 2006 Big West championship and an automatic bid into NCAA Tournament. He was also selected the league's Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2003 after leading the Gauchos to consecutive Big West Conference titles and NCAA bids.
An accomplished professional player, Davis played 12 years on tour (1980-91), finishing in the top-50 in prize winnings five times. He also finished ranked among the top-100 in singles five times and he reached a career-high singles ranking of 47th in 1985. During his time as a professional player Davis played in 35 Grand Slam events. He reached the semifinals in doubles at the Australian Open on two occasions and he reached the doubles quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the French Open. Davis posted four ATP singles championships and four ATP doubles titles. Over the years, he recorded wins over such players as Brian Gottfried, Ilie Nastase, Johan Kriek and Aaron Krickstein. He remains one of the winningest professional players currently coaching in collegiate tennis having won 340 Grand Slam and ATP matches.
Davis was instrumental in launching the ATP Tour in 1990 as a founding member of the board of directors. Over the years he held several positions with the ATP, including Director of Player Services, manager of the ATP Tour Headquarters Tennis Facility and Director of Licensing. Prior to his arrival in Santa Barbara, Davis was an assistant coach at Cal.
Among his other experiences in the world of tennis, Davis has provided color commentary for ESPN, USA Network and Prime Network.
Davis was a three-time NCAA All-American as a collegiate player at Cal from 1977 through 1980 and helped lead the Golden Bears to four top-ten finishes. In his senior year, Davis' Cal team won the national indoor title and finished second in the NCAA Tournament. In October of 2005, he was inducted into his alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was inducted into the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame. Davis graduated in 1980 with his BA in Economics.
Davis is married to his wife Jill and has two sons. His eldest son, Taylor graduated from UC San Diego in 2012 and his youngest son, Kyle, graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2014.