BYU men’s tennis head coach Brad Pearce announced Matt Cowley has been hired as his new assistant coach. Cowley recently graduated from the University of Utah in May 2016.
“I’m excited to have an individual of Matt’s background, character and credibility as my new assistant,” Pearce said. “Matt comes from a rich heritage within the Church and represents the third generation of an iconic Utah tennis family, whose roots run deep. He’s been a standout player, he’s a returned missionary, has a great wife and is about to become a father. He’s taking the next step in life after graduation – and I’m delighted it’s here with us.”
As a Senior, Cowley was named ITA Mountain Regions’s Most Improved Player. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team for the third-straight year, becoming the first Ute in program history to receive this honor three times in a row.
Cowley had a 23-16 overall record at No. 1 singles during the 2015-2016 year and went 11-10 in dual matches. Cowley and doubles partner Dan Little were ranked as the top Utes duo and No. 75 in the nation.
“It’s an honor to be given an opportunity to build and sustain a world class athletics program with a track record of success,” Cowley said. “I’m excited to learn as much as I can from Brad with his background and accomplishments and to be working together on the same side of the net.”
As a four-star recruit from Woods Cross High School in Salt Lake City, Cowley started out as a freshman with a record of 10-17 in singles. After returning from a mission in the Dominican Republic, he compiled a 12-9 record at No. 1 doubles as a junior.
Cowley is the son of Joe and Kim Cowley and recently graduated in psychology. He is married to former Alexandra “Buggy” Douglas.