Brian Rector finished his 33rd season as head men's tennis coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2021-22. He is the winningest men's tennis coach at BW, in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in Ohio Division III collegiate tennis history with a 561-127 career record and an outstanding .815 winning percentage, including a 212-59 mark versus OAC competition for an .785 winning percentage. Simply put, Rector and his team are WINNERS.
"We enjoy recruiting young men who love to challenged both in the classroom and on the tennis courts, said Rector. "We love to watch them grow and mature into men who leave our program and go on to productive careers in their chosen field of endeavor and are good people, husbands, fathers and contributors in ther local communities. Our hope is that they have thoroughly enjoyed their experiences at BW, both academically and athletically, and become great spokesmen for our program.
"I enter my 31st season of coaching men's tennis at BW with the same enthusiam and goals for our program that I had back in 1989 when my head coach, Truman Fields, turned the program over to me upon my graduation from BW," continued Rector. "It was and still is a great honor to coach men's tennis at BW. BW is a great place to go to college and Berea is a wonderful city to raise a family."
Rector has led four Yellow Jacket teams to OAC titles and his 2012 squad to the NCAA Division III National Tournament second round. He has developed the BW program into being among the best in the OAC and the Central Region of the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association).
Rector's goal each season is to win the OAC title and take his team to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and win an Division III national title.
Evidence of the strength of Rector's program is 19 or more victories in 12 of the last 15 seasons, including eight 20-plus win campaigns. The Yellow Jackets captured OAC regular season titles in 2004, 2005 and 2011 and won the OAC Tournament crown in 1992, 2004, 2005 and 2012. His teams have made seven OAC Championship match appearances in the last 14 years.
Brian Rector's Numbers
Years at BW
|33st in 2021-2022|
|OAC Coach of the Year||2004, 2005, 2012
|OAC Regular Season Championships||Three|
|OAC Tournament Championships||Four|
|OAC Players of the Year||Five|
Prior to taking over the BW program following his graduation in 1989, Rector was a four-year letterman and four-time BW team Most Valuable Player in tennis. He also was a three-year team captain and a CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American player for the Yellow Jackets. As a senior in 1988-1989, Rector won the OAC title at second singles and set a single-season school-record for singles with with 15. He also combined with Bill Doraty '89 to win the OAC first doubles crown and set a school-record for doubles wins with 14.
At the time of his graduation, Rector owned all of the BW single-season and career-records for singles (46-15 with a .754 winning percentage), doubles (41-20 with a 672 winning prercentage) and combination victories (87-35 with a .713 winning percentage). Now, many of his current and former Yellow Jacket players own those marks.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in business administration in the spring of 1989, Rector immediately took over the reins of the BW program from his coach and mentor Truman Fields. In his inaugural season, Rector guided the Yellow Jackets to their best-ever record and has since led his squad to new standards of excellence.
Coach Rector is a strong believer in the NCAA Division III philosophy of the student-athlete. During his coaching career, Rector has mentored five other CoSIDA/ CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America student-athletes in Kevin Peacock '98, Josh Myers '01, Bryan Bartunek '02, Alex Trzeciak '12 and Doug Ganim '16. Last spring, graduated senior standout Dominic Polifrone '19 won his third straight BW Men's Tennis Academic Excellence Award for having the highest grade point average on the men's tennis team.
Rector is currently employed by KeyBank in Cleveland as a Network Engineer and resides in Berea with his wife Amanda and their four boys; Adam, Kyle, Ben and Zach.
|Year||Overall Record||OAC Record|
* - denotes B-W school record for wins in a season
# - denotes OAC Tournament Champions
^ - denotes OAC Regular Season & Tournament Champions