Utah State head men’s tennis coach James Wilson announced the addition of Carlos DiLaura as an assistant coach to the program. DiLaura will be coming from Texas Tech, where he was a member of the Red Raiders men’s tennis team the past four seasons.
“I am very excited to have Carlos join us here at USU,” Wilson said. “First of all, he encompasses the values and characteristics that are necessary to be a great coach. I have no doubt that he will be 100 percent devoted to the academic and athletic development of our student-athletes. He knows what it is like to compete in the Mountain West and what it takes to be on a top-10 team. That experience is immeasurable and will help our team immensely.”
DiLaura was a two-time all-Big 12 academic honoree in addition to being named an ITA Scholar Athlete while at Texas Tech. He secured four doubles points for the Red Raiders last season, tying for the team lead, and totaled an overall mark of 12-18 on the doubles court during the 2016-17 campaign. Overall, DiLaura accumulated 30 victories in doubles and 24 singles victories during his career, helped Texas Tech to a No. 6 national ranking during his junior year and secured an upset victory over No. 4 Baylor with a win at No. 6 singles.
DiLaura, born in Lima, Peru, has ties to the Mountain West after having originally signed with UNLV, following his graduation from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. He was the No. 9 recruit in the state of Texas and was coached by his father, also Carlos, a former professional tennis player who rose to as high as No. 92 in the world. In addition, his father competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics for his home country of Peru and was a collegiate national champion at Pepperdine, capturing the doubles title with his partner Kelly Jones.
“I’m extremely honored and excited to have this opportunity,” DiLaura said. “I’m looking forward to working alongside James (Wilson), who is someone I have so much respect for. This group seems like a special one and I hope to contribute as much as I can to help bring success to this program.”
Wilson coached DiLaura at UNLV and Texas Tech, before becoming the head men’s tennis coach prior to last season. In fact, Wilson was the lead recruiter in bringing DiLaura to Las Vegas.
Utah State is coming off its most successful season in school history, where the Aggies captured the Mountain West regular season and tournament championships and secured the team’s first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament. USU finished the year with a school-record 23 victories and ranked No. 45 nationally, having been as high as No. 39 during the regular season. The year was also highlighted by an appearance at the ITA Team Indoor Championships, also a first in program history.
Kyle Cottam is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Utah State University.