History and Records

The Westmont men’s tennis program has a long history of success, numerous appearances in the national tournament, several All-Americans and an individual national champion.

The program began in the 1960’s and reached national prominence in the early 80’s as Coach Pete Shennum led the team to a pair of NAIA District titles and an eighth place finish in the NAIA in 1985. Coach Bill Detrich then took over, capturing two more district crowns and guiding the Warriors to fifth place in the NAIA in 1985.

Former player Chris Elwood took over the coaching reigns in 1993 and proceeded to take the program to new heights. The Warriors won back-to-back-to-back GSAC titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and finished an all-time high of third in the NAIA in 1997. Included was an all-Westmont national singles final as Riva DaSilva topped teammate Ashley Fickel to win the 1997 NAIA championship.

Since the 2010 season, Mark Basham has been at the helm of the Warrior program. In his first three season as head coach, the Warriors reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tourmanet each year. In the 2013 season, Westmont advanced to the semifinals, and the Warriors have returned to the National Tournament each year.

In all, the Warriors have made 20 appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and have produced 22 NAIA All-Americans.

Coaching Records
Coach Years Record Pct.
Pete Shennum 1980-84 (5) 39-35 (Inc.) .527
Bill Detrich 1985-88 (4) Incomplete N/A
John Fullerton 1989 (1) 10-9 .526
Kathy LeSage 1990-92 (3) 28-29 .491
Riva DaSilva 1998-00 (3) 22-35 .386
Chris Elwood 1993-97, 2001-09 (14) 140-142 .496
Mark Basham 2010-16 (7) 82-68 .547
 
Riva DaSilva won the NAIA singles title in 1997

Ashley Fickel earned NAIA All-American honors at just 16 years of age.