Coaching Staff

 

Mark Basham
Coaching Record
2010 10-10
2011 13-6
2012 12-10
2013 13-11
2014 14-7
2015 10-15
2016 10-9
Total 82-68

MARK BASHAM

Director of Tennis, Head Men’s Tennis Coach

E-mail: Coach Basham

Since the 2010 season, Mark Basham has coached the Westmont Men’s Tennis team, leading the Warriors to seven NAIA National Championship appearances in seven year.

Westmont reached the semifinals of the national tournment during the 2013 season to produce its best finish since 1997. The team went 13-11 on the year.

In 2011, Basham was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Warriros to a second place finish in the conference standings. Westmont won its final seven regular season conference games.

"I’m very excited about the formidable experience and many gifts that Mark brings to our tennis program," said Westmont athletic director David Odell. "A former ATP tour player, All-American at UCLA and key member of UCLA’s national championship teams, he has competed at the highest levels of both singles and doubles and certainly understands what it takes to become a champion."

Basham, who grew up in Santa Barbara, played tennis as a Santa Barbara High School student under Coach Jack Trigueiro.

"We had very good teams," said Basham of his prep career. "In my freshman year we had four nationally ranked players and reached the CIF finals."

In the fall of 1981, Basham journeyed south to attend UCLA where he played tennis for Glenn Bassett. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of Basham’s four years, claiming the title of national champion in his freshman and junior seasons.

"The highlight for me at UCLA was in my junior year when we beat Stanford in the finals 5-4," said Basham. "It came down to the number one doubles match in which I was playing. That was very exciting."

After graduation from UCLA, Basham played on the professional circuit for two and one-half years.

"I like to tell people I got into the dance," said Basham. "I got to play Wimbledon and the US Open and the French Open and a lot of big tournaments in doubles that were in the United States."

Since 1998, Basham has been teaching tennis in Santa Barbara. Currently the Director of Tennis at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, Basham has also served as the Director of Tennis at the Birnam Wood Golf Club and taught at the Knollwood Tennis Club.

"One of my best experiences in teaching tennis was in coaching the USTA Team Zonal Championships," said Basham. "I coached five boys and five girls each time who were from ages of 14-16. I really loved that experience and the opportunity to show patience and compassion for their level of competition, but also try to motivate them and get them to play better – the best that they could play."

Basham is married to Dr. Sharon Basham, MD, the medical director for the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara.


Geoff Pryce

Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach

Geoff Pryce came to the Westmont Men’s Tennis program in 2010 as an assistant coach. Pryce has more than 30 years of international teaching and coaching experience.

After receiving his USPTA certification in 1977, Pryce served as the head trainer for the W.C.T. International Tennis Academies in Cala D’Or Mallorca and Playa Jandia, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. Following that experience, Pryce became the Tennis Director of the American Embassy Club in Bonn, Germany, where he trained future German ATP and Davis Cup player Marc-Kevin Peter Goellner. Pryce was awarded honorary player status by the Sportgemeinschaft Deutscher Bundestag on their Parliamentary Team. As a member of that team, Pryce was a finalist in the Apollinaris Cup in Bad Neuenahr,

As a result of his work with the Warriors, Pryce has been recognized as the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on three occassions – 2011, 2013 and 2016.

In addition to his role on the coaching staff at Westmont, Pryce serves as the head coach for members and adult clinics at the Oceanside School of Tennis located at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.