|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Indiana State '01|
Jonas Piibor has been the associate head coach of the University of Oregon men’s tennis team for the past eight seasons, guiding the Ducks to a 116-79 record – the program’s most successful eight-year stretch in 22 years. Piibor joined the Ducks’ coaching staff on Sept. 29, 2008, after three successful seasons at the helm of the men’s tennis program at Indiana State University. Since then, Piibor and head coach Nils Schyllander have built the Oregon men's tennis program into a growing Pac-12 and national powerhouse.
The 2016 season was arguably one of the best seasons ever in Duck tennis history as the team went 19-8 – the most wins in 21 years – and won the program’s first ever NCAA match when they upset No. 23 Tulsa, 4-1, in the opening round. UO reached a new high in the ITA rankings as the Ducks were slotted at No. 20 after starting the season 12-1 and picking up six wins over ITA Top-75 ranked opponents.
By winning 19 matches, the Ducks have now won at least 15 matches each of the last five seasons, making it the most successful stretch ever in the 78 year history of Oregon men’s tennis. In addition, the seven-straight .500 or better seasons is the first time in school history that the feat has been accomplished.
Two Ducks were selected by the conference coaches for Pac-12 honors including Daan Maasland, who became the first Duck since Manual Kost (2003-04) to garner all-conference selections in back-to-back years. Thomas Laurent was named honorable mention, making it the third straight year that an Oregon freshman has been recognized.
In the classroom, four members of the 2016 squad were honored for their academic work. For the first time since 2009, two members in Jayson Amos and Daan Maasland were selected to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team. Sophomores Cormac Clissold (second team) and Simon Stevens (honorable mention) were selected for the first time in their careers.
Piibor has coached student-athletes to six of the top eight singles seasons in program history and all five of the top doubles seasons in UO history. He has also coached Oregon’s all-time winningest player, Robin Cambier, who graduated in 2014 with the program record for singles (90) and doubles (92) wins.
2015 saw the Ducks finish the non-conference portion of their season with a 12-5 record that included five victories over ranked opponents slated in the ITA’s top 75. Pac-12 play saw UO rattle off three-straight victories to close the regular season to secure their record-setting fifth-place finish in the conference – their best finish since 2000. One of those wins included a 4-1 victory over Washington on senior day, giving Oregon a 3-1 record over the Huskies in their last four matches.
At the conclusion of the season, graduating senior Daniel Sardu finished his Oregon career with the second-most doubles victories (70) and the third-most singles wins (75) in school history. Also, Piibor’s coaching guided freshman Simon Stevens to a near perfect spring singles record (15-1), helping him tie the single-season record for most-consecutive matches won with Robin Cambier (2012). With Sardu’s success, Piibor has coached the two most prolific doubles players in school history along with all three singles players, in Sardu,Cambier and Maasland.
The Ducks posted a 17-10 record in 2014 with six wins over nationally ranked opponents and their first Pac-12 Championship semifinal appearance in program history, along with their first NCAA Championship appearance in 10 years. The program achieved a huge milestone when they reached their first ever ITA top 25 national ranking, which was achieved on March 16, 2014, with a No. 24 ranking.
Oregon opened the season ranked No. 52, but steadily climbed the polls after winning 14 of its first 15 matches, tying its best start in 20 years. In nonconference play, Oregon snapped an 18-match losing skid to rivals Washington with a 4-2 decision. UO also defeated No. 15 Boise State, the highest ranked team its defeated in history, and snapped Drake’s 37-match home winning streak. UO advanced to the Pac-12 Championship, downing the Huskies for the second time this season to tally its first win in the conference tournament. Oregon then defeated Stanford for the second time in program history to reach the semifinals. Competing in the NCAA Championship for the first time in 10 years, UO’s season ended with a hard-fought 4-2 loss to second-seeded North Carolina State. Piibor coached two players to 20-win singles seasons in Cambier (23) and freshman Jayson Amos (24), while Cambier and sophomore Kevin Farin tallied the second-best doubles season in UO history with 24 wins.
Piibor and the Ducks continued to reach new heights in the 2013 season, posting a 16-8 overall dual record with a number of quality achievements. Oregon reached a No. 33 ITA ranking, posted a 13-1 mark in a challenging nonconference schedule and defeated Stanford for the first time in program history. Piibor had three Ducks post 20-win singles season, including freshman Daan Maasland, who’s 23-9 season ranked fourth best all-time. Robin Cambier (22-11) and Alex Rovello’s (21-8) win totals also ranked in the top 10 in UO charts.
In 2012, Piibor helped guide the Ducks to 17 wins, the most since the 1994-95 season, including three victories over nationally ranked programs. Through UO’s first 15 matches, the Ducks posted a remarkable record of 14-1. Oregon was ranked within the ITA top 75 for the entirety of the spring dual schedule, reaching as high as No. 38 on Mar. 5. The No. 69 ranked doubles team of Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen broke the school record for wins with a 2-4 record. Cambier also moved to second on Oregon’s all-time best singles season list (24); Daniel Sardu was fifth with 22 and Alex Rovello was eighth on the list with 21 wins. Academically, UO had three tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, and as a squad, the Ducks were tabbed as an ITA-All Academic team with Sardu being named an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
The program reached a potential monument in its rebuilding process with a 4-3 upset victory over Pac-10 foe Arizona. That victory snapped a 21-match losing skid in league play for the Ducks and vaulted them into the national rankings for the second-straight season.
In 2010, Piibor helped oversee another season of growth from the UO men’s tennis program. Oregon posted its first winning season since 2001-02 with a 12-11 overall mark and the Ducks entered the national rankings, reaching as high as 65th in the country.
At Indiana State his 2007-2008 team was led by a pair of seniors, Anton Tsymbalov and Rishi Behl, who were both four-time selections to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team in singles. The team played seven nationally ranked teams and finished the highly competitive season with an 11-13 mark overall and posted its best Missouri Valley Conference finish in years with a 4-2 record.
The 2006-2007 Sycamore’s reached the semifinals of the MVC team championships while posting a record of 11-12 overall and 3-3 in the conference. During Piibor’s first season as head coach, the 2005-2006 squad posted a 10-12 record overall and 2-5 league record.