Jonas Piibor has been the associate head coach of the University of Oregon men’s tennis team for the past seven seasons, guiding the Ducks to a 97-71 record – the program’s most successful seven-year stretch in 30 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.
With a 15-9 record in 2015, the Sweden native has helped the Ducks to four-straight 15-win seasons for the first time since 1979-82. In addition, the six-straight .500 or better seasons is the first time in school history that the feat has been accomplished.
Piibor has coached student-athletes to five of the top seven singles seasons in program history and all four 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 two of the top three singles players, in Sardu and Cambier.
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.
Along with stressing a winning attitude on the court, Piibor, a native of Sweden, is also extremely dedicated toward academics. Piibor took over a program at ISU which previously struggled in the classroom and guided the team into one of the top academic teams at the university. For his last five semesters in Terre Haute, Piibor saw the team GPA stay above 3.0. Anton Tsymbalov and Michael Wenham were named Scholar-Athlete All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2007 and were also named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete first team. Piibor himself was a three-time MVC First-Team Scholar-Athlete.
Piibor is a former player for ISU and carried the team to three straight NCAA tournaments. He was a member of the team that defeated Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Tulsa, Old Dominion, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Harvard. During his collegiate career, Piibor was a two time NCAA Individual Championship qualifier (2000, 2001), played in four NCAA Team Championships (one at the University of South Alabama and three at Indiana State University), was ranked 28th nationally in singles, 50th in doubles nationally, top ranked in the Central Region in singles, ranked fourth in doubles in the Central Region, was elected ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year in 2001, and was elected ITA Region V Player to Watch in 2000.
During his senior season in 2001, Piibor finished with a 27-13 record in the No. 1 singles position and won the MVC Individual Title, becoming the first Sycamore to win in the No. 1 singles position since Lars Nordmark in 1986. Piibor teamed with Stefan Hirn to acquire a 10-4 record at No. 1 doubles. Elected a co-captain by his teammates, Piibor ascended to No. 28 in the NCAA Division I rankings and was a member of the ITA All-Academic team. At the end of the season, Piibor played in the NCAA Individual Championships for the second time (also, in 2000), becoming the only Sycamore ever to play in the NCAA twice.
Piibor finished his junior season ranked No. 65 in the nation in singles play and No. 1 in the Midwest region. He teamed up with Gareth Keating at the No. 1 doubles position and the duo finished the 2000 season with a No. 4 regional ranking. They earned All-MVC honors and a No. 50 national ranking. During his junior campaign, Piibor was an All-MVC Academic-Team selection, and was one of only 48 players in the country to qualify for the T. Rowe Price ITA Clay Court Championships.
Piibor joined the Sycamores as a sophomore after transferring from South Alabama, where he competed against four top-70 players in the nation. His highlight win came against 36th ranked Eddie Coates of Vanderbilt. Piibor was named All-MVC at the No. 1 singles position while compiling an overall record of 16-1. He finished the season ranked No. 6 in the region in singles and doubles.
During 2002-2003, Piibor coached world ranked juniors in Helsingborg, Sweden as well as being a strength and conditioning coach. Piibor is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).
Piibor was ranked No. 10 as an 18-under junior in Sweden before coming to the United State to play collegiately. At age 18, Piibor was a member of the Swedish Junior World Cup Team that competed in Germany in 1995. After his graduation, Piibor worked as a teaching pro in Australia.
A graduate of ISU, Piibor earned a bachelor’s in fitness and exercise science in 2002 and a master’s degree in adult fitness in 2005. He also carried a 4.0 GPA while earning his master’s at Indiana State. Along with coaching the Sycamores, Piibor also taught several classes for the physical education department at Indiana State.
Tony Giannoni is entering his third year with the Oregon women’s tennis program after spending the last five years with the UCF.
In 2016, Giannoni helped lead the Ducks to an 11-11 season that included Oregon’s first 3-0 start in Pac-12 play since the 2004 season. Under his guidance, freshman Shweta Sangwan and sophomore Alyssa Tobita each racked up 21 overall singles wins, while Tobita and Rose teamed up to go 12-6 overall and 10-4 in doubles to become the second-winningest tandem in school history.
Giannoni also helpled lead the Ducks to a 4-1 win over No. 30 Virginia Tech in the opening weekend of the spring season that served as the program’s first win over a top-30 opponent since 2011. The Ducks spent all 15 weeks of the season ranked in the ITA team rankings, ascending to as high as No. 28, the team’s highest mark in the polls since 2005.
In his first year with the Ducks, Giannoni helped head coach Alison Silverio assemble the No. 15 recruiting class in the country according to Tennisrecruiting.net. In Novemeber of 2015, Giannoni and Silverio inked five-star talent Julia Eshet to the program to add to Oregon’s impressive roster of young talent.
On the court in 2014-15, he helped guide Marlou Kluiving to 23 wins in singles play – the seventh-most wins in a single season at Oregon. Giannoni also helped coach UO’s freshman sensation doubles pair of Nia Rose and Alyssa Tobita to 25 wins, the second-most at Oregon in a single season.
“I’m extremely excited to have Tony join my staff here at Oregon,” Silverio said. “He has the belief in our championships vision and will bring invaluable experience. His consistent work ethic and passion will create a standard for excellence.”
Silverio and Giannoni have a history with one another, frequently crossed paths on the recruiting trails. “I trust in his abilities as a coach, but more importantly I trust in Tony’s character and integrity,” said Silverio.
During his time in Orlando, Fla., the Knights posted a 56-47 overall record with a 9-4 mark in Conference USA and a 0-3 mark in the American Athletic Conference this past season. In his first season, the Knights went 13-7 and 4-1 in C-USA. UCF’s 9-2 start that season in dual play marked the program’s best start to a season since 1998-99.
Giannoni also oversaw Jenna Doefler, who captured the ITA Summer Circuit title hosted by Florida State as well as Courtney Griffith, who won the ITA Summer Circuit event hosted by Georgia in 2011.
The Miami, Fla., native helped guide the Knights to 14 victories during the 2012-13 season, the program’s best season since the 1990-00 season. Giannoni also helped freshman Caroline Eberhart reach the 25 singles wins plateau that year, the fourth-best mark in a single season at UCF.
Giannoni, a 2005 graduate of Florida, served as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater for two years (2007-09) prior to joining the Knights. In his first year at his alma mater, the Gators were 24-3 overall and went undefeated in the Southeastern Conference (11-0). UF also advanced to the NCAA Final Four that year. Before leaving Gainesville after the 2008-09 season, Giannoni helped guide Florida to the Sweet Sixteen.