Overall Record: 253-193/19
Record at Ole Miss: 203-185/16
2010, 2012 ITA South Region Coach of the Year
He’s won two national championships in Division II and led a team to the SEC West Championship. He’s coached numerous All-Americans and All-SEC players. His teams are notorious for excellence in the classroom. Mark Beyers has accomplished a lot in 19 years as a head coach, and with six of the top seven returning from last year’s squad and one of the top newcomers in the nation, the Rebels hope to take it to another level in 2018.
Eleven SEC teams ended the 2017 season in the top 25 and 13 of the 14 made the NCAA Tournament, including the Rebels, who earned their ninth straight bid and advanced to the second round. Arianne Hartono competed in the NCAA singles and doubles with Alexa Bortles. Hartono earned All-SEC First Team honors. Ole Miss became the first No. 4 seed to to advance from the ITA Kick-Off to the National Team Indoor Championships, when they beat Virginia and LSU to reach the national indoor for the first time since 2012. Off the court, the Rebels earned the prestigious ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 21st year in a row and six players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
In 2016, the Rebels earned their eighth straight NCAA appearance and defeated reigning NCAA Champion Stanford for the first time in program history. Arianne Hartono became the 12th All-American in the history of the program reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship. She also made the All-SEC Team. Seniors Mai El Kamash and Marija Milutinovic picked up ITA Regional honors, earning the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award and the Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award, respectively. Off the court, the Rebels received the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 20th time and six players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Hartono was one of nine players in Division I tennis to earn All-America and ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
For the fourth time in seven years, Ole Miss finished the year ranked in the top 25, earning a final ranking of No. 24 in 2015. The Rebels earned their seventh consecutive NCAA bid and advanced to the second round, narrowly missing out on reaching the Sweet Sixteen. Julia Jones became the 11th All-American in the history of the program and the seventh member of the 100-wins club. She earned All-SEC first team honors, was named the ITA Most Improved Player of the Year and finished ranked No. 12 in the nation. Arianne Hartono made the SEC All-Freshman Team and ended her first year ranked No. 79. Off the court, the Rebels earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award and six players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The Rebels made their sixth consecutive and 17th overall NCAA appearance in 2014 and advanced to the second round before falling to the eventual national champion, UCLA. Julia Jones earned All-SEC second team honors. Off the court, the Rebels earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award and Caroline Rohde-Moe was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Youth was the name of the game in 2013, as the Rebels did not feature a senior on the team and only two juniors. They earned the program’s 16th overall NCAA appearance, and junior Caroline Rohde-Moe participated in the NCAA Singles Championship as well as earned All-SEC honors for the second time. Off the court, the Rebels were one of the best, earning an APR Public Recognition Award and leading all sports at Ole Miss with a 3.64 team GPA in the spring.
In 2012, the Rebels earned their fourth straight NCAA appearance and a final national ranking of No. 18. It marked the third time in the last four years for the Rebels to end the year ranked in the Top 25. The Rebels (18-9) hosted the NCAA first and second rounds for the first time since 1999 and finished among the top four in the overall SEC standings for the second time in three years. The 18 wins are the most since the 1999 team posted 21. The Rebels also advanced to the National Team Indoor Final 16 for the first time since 2000. Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie earned All-America honors and were joined on the All-SEC team by Caroline Rohde-Moe and freshman Erin Stephens. Julia Jones made the All-Freshman team along with Stephens.
Beyers was named ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year for the second time in three years in 2012.
The Rebels enjoyed an excellent year in the classroom, earning the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 16th consecutive time, while three players earned ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition. Gabby Rangel was a finalist for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship and received a Taylor Medal (highest academic honor at University).
Despite dealing with injuries to key players in 2011, the Rebels earned their third straight NCAA bid. Kristi Boxx earned All-SEC first team honors for the third year in a row. Connor Vogel made the second team.
Off the court, the team received the ITA All-Academic Team Award as well as earning the Chancellor’s Cup for the varsity team wtih the highest cumulative grade point average.
Ole Miss advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the eighth time in 2010, captured the SEC West Championship and reached the SEC tournament semifinals for the second year in a row. The Rebels ended the year ranked No. 17 in the nation, posted their best finish in the SEC (2nd) since 1999 and their best league record (8-3) since 2000. Kristi Boxx and Karen Nijssen earned All-America honors, while Boxx was one of only nine players in the nation to earn the honor in both singles and doubles. Laura van de Stroet and Connor Vogel joined Boxx and Nijssen on the All-SEC team.
Academic success continued for the Rebels as they earned the Chancellor’s Cup for the women’s varsity squad with the highest cumulative grade point average. They also received the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 14th time, while four players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The Rebels ended the 2009 season ranked No. 21 in the nation and advanced to the NCAA second round. With three freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup, Ole Miss defeated five top 25 teams in league play and reached the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. Kristi Boxx and Karen Nijssen earned All-SEC honors and participated in the NCAA Doubles Championship. Boxx also made the singles championship.
Off the court, the Rebels earned the prestigious ITA All-Academic Team Award, and Gabby Rangel and Laura van de Stroet were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
In 2008, Karen Nijssen earned All-SEC honors in her first year with the Rebels. She also teamed with Nika Koukhartchouk to participate in the NCAA Doubles Championships. The pair ended the year ranked No. 32 in the nation.
Off the court, Ole Miss garnered the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 12th time. Two members of the team were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. For the first time ever, the team also earned the Chancellor’s Cup for the highest grade point average among all women’s varsity sports at Ole Miss. Preethi Subramanian was named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by the journal Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
In 2007, senior Ilona Somers, earned All-SEC honors for the second year in a row, ended the year ranked No. 46 in the nation and qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship. In the classroom, Ole Miss received the ITA All-Academic Team Award. Four members of the team earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In 2006, Ole Miss boasted the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, in addition to Ilona Somers making the All-SEC second team. Off the court, the Lady Rebels received the distinction of being named an ITA All-Academic team. Also, the entire starting lineup earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, believed to be not matched by any other squad in the country.
The 2005 season saw the Rebels capture the SEC Western Division Championship for the first time. In addition, the team made its 11th NCAA Championship appearance. Chloe Carlotti became the seventh All-American in the history of the program and joined an elite group of Division I players to earn that distinction at multiple schools. Carlotti and Virginia Tomatis earned All-SEC honors after going 8-3 in the league at No. 1 doubles.
The 2004 season saw the Lady Rebels narrowly miss making the NCAA Team Championships, but there were plenty of highlights to be noted. Chloe Carlotti and Virginia Tomatis teamed up to post an 8-3 record in the SEC at No. 1 doubles and earn All-SEC honors. Carlotti participated in the NCAA Championships in singles and teamed up with Tomatis in doubles. Off the court, the Lady Rebels were named an ITA All-Academic Team. Florencia Basile, Karem Harboe, Sabrina Peppl and Virginia Tomatis were named ITA Scholar-Athletes and to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
In 2003, current University of Wisconsin assistant coach Mira Radu completed an outstanding career by being named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Mississippi.
Radu earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year as well as All-SEC accolades. Radu finished her senior year ranked No. 18 in the nation and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships. The winner of the 2003 ITA South Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, Radu became only the fourth Lady Rebel ever to record 100 wins for her career, finishing with a 108-52 career record. Radu was also the co-recipient of the Eugenia Conner Memorial Award, which is given to the most outstanding female athlete on the Ole Miss campus each spring.
Off the court in the 2003, the Lady Rebels earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award. Radu made the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and Florencia Basile, Karem Harboe and Virginia Tomatis were named ITA Scholar Athletes.
During his first season (2002) at the helm, Beyers guided the Lady Rebels to their seventh consecutive NCAA appearance and a final national ranking of No. 35. He also coached Mira Radu to All-America and All-SEC honors. Radu ended the year ranked among the top 20 singles players. Radu and 2002 graduate Camilla Gould earned the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award, while the squad was named an ITA All-Academic Team.
No stranger to women’s tennis, Beyers, a native of Tilburg, Holland, spent three years (1992-95) as head coach of the women’s tennis team at Armstrong Atlantic State in Georgia. During his three years, the team captured the NCAA Division II Championship, posted a 50-8 record and won the Peach Belt Conference each year. Beyers earned PBC Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1993, 1994 and 1995. In 1995, he received NCAA Division II South Regional Coach-of-the-Year honors. His teams ranked 10th, ninth and first respectively in the Division II national rankings.
Beyers came to Ole Miss in the fall of 1995 as the men’s assistant coach. In his six years as an assistant coach with the Rebels, Ole Miss reached the final four twice (1997, 1999) and won three SEC titles (1996, 1997, 1999). In 1997, Beyers was the first recipient of the ITA Region III Assistant Coach-of-the-Year Award.
During his 21 years of coaching collegiate tennis as an assistant and head coach, Beyers has coached 24 All-Americans, 47 ITA Scholar-Athletes and 18 teams that have received the ITA All-Academic Team Award.
As a collegiate player at Armstrong Atlantic State, Beyers earned four letters, posted a 99-21 record and led his team to a national ranking of No. 4. He earned All-America honors twice in doubles and singles.
Beyers received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Armstrong Atlantic State in 1991. After graduating, Beyers enjoyed a brief professional career on the satellite tour before returning to his alma mater to coach the women’s team.
In 1998, Beyers became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Armstrong Atlantic State Athletic Hall of Fame. This past fall he was selected as one of 75 notable alumni for Armstrong Atlantic University’s 75th anniversary.
In July of 2005, Beyers married the former Lauren Dorcheus. The couple resides in Oxford.
Nearly 10 years after completing an All-American career at Ole Miss, Robbye Poole returns to the Rebels as an assistant coach for the women’s tennis team.
For the last two and a half years, Poole has had a front row seat to the greatest women’s tennis player in the history of the game, 23-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams. Poole served as Williams’ hitting partner and helped her win four grand slam titles.
“We are extremely excited to be able to bring in a former Ole Miss All-American to the staff in Robbye Poole,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “After his All-American career here, he got up to top 400 in the world and then obviously has been with Serena for the last two and half years.
“He brings a wealth of experience both from a playing standpoint and from a coaching standpoint and then these last couple years, he’s built up plenty of connections within the tennis world that will definitely help us in recruiting.”
Poole won two singles and three doubles futures titles in his playing career before retiring from playing and later becoming Williams’ hitting partner.
“Robbye has learned so much the last two years from Serena and from Patrick Mouratoglou (Serena’s coach). He’s excited about being back in Oxford and trying to help this team win a championship. As a head coach you love hearing that,” Beyers added.
“I am super excited to be back here,” Poole said. “It started with Coach (Billy) Chadwick, who gave me a chance 10 years ago. I’ve always held Ole Miss dear to my heart and when this opportunity came up I knew I couldn’t pass on it. It was a very tough decision, with what I was doing, but these type of opportunities don’t come around often, especially at your alma mater.
“I had the opportunity to work with the greatest tennis player in the history of the game. It is priceless what I learned these last couple years on and off the court. It molded me into a better coach and prepared me for what I want to do now and in the future.”
An All-American and two-time All-SEC honoree, Poole concluded his career helping lead Ole Miss to the SEC Tournament Championship, their seventh SEC West title, the NCAA Elite Eight and a final national ranking of No. 6.
Poole graduated from Ole Miss in 2008 with a degree in business.
What they are saying…
Patrick Mouratoglou – Coach of Serena Williams
“The experience we had with Robbye was very positive in many ways and very successful. He was extremely professional and determined. Robbye immediately embraced his role in the team and was always the one pushing us. His opinions on our daily training, Serena’s matches and her future opponents was always very accurate and helpful. On a personal note, he was a great team player, always taking care of all the members and we all got along very well with him. Everyone already misses him!”
John Isner – ATP World No. 17
“Robbye is going to be a great fit for the Ole Miss women’s tennis team. His work ethic and knowledge of the game is unparalleled. Robbye’s credentials as a coach also speak volumes for how qualified he is. He’s coached at all levels of tennis especially in the women’s game. Working with Serena Williams is something not many people can say, but Robbye can. He always speaks so proudly of his time at Ole Miss and I know how excited he is to get to work in Oxford.”