Nick Carless begins his sixth season at Pepperdine in 2011-12, and his fifth as a full-time assistant coach. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's tennis team that won the NCAA championship in 2006, and then returned to Malibu in September 2007.
In his five seasons in Malibu, the Waves have a record of 111-35 (.760) and have won the West Coast Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on four occasions.
As the volunteer assistant, Carless helped develop two All-Americans on the 2006 team (Andre Begemann and Scott Doerner). Begemann and Doerner reached the NCAA doubles final and ended the season ranked #2 in the nation.
In between stints at Pepperdine, Carless spent one year at Northwestern, where he was an assistant coach for the 2006-07 season. He helped guide the Wildcats to a 16-15 record and a #60 final ITA ranking.
After returning to Malibu in a full-time position, he then helped the 2008 team reach the Round of 16 and a #12 national ranking at the end of the season. Begemann, who earned All-American honors again, made the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament and finished his career ranked #5 in the country. Bassam Beidas reached the NCAA quarterfinals and finished the year ranked #22.
The 2009 squad made it to the NCAA second round and was ranked #18 in the country. Omar Altmann was an All-American in singles and teamed up with Beidas to win the award in doubles.
The 2010 season was another fine one as Pepperdine went 17-11 overall, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and had a final ranking of #21. Beidas earned All-American honors for the third straight year.
2011 was a rollercoaster year for the Waves, who reached as high as #6 in the rankings and ended the season listed at #15. They finished the season with an 18-5 record, and Sebastian Fanselow earned All-American distinction in singles after reaching the Round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship.
Carless has a long association with the area, having worked at the Malibu Summer Tennis Camp for many years. He also previously served as an assistant tennis professional at the Visalia (Calif.) Racquet Club from 2003-06 and was the director of the junior tennis program there.
He played three seasons of collegiate tennis at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and went on to graduate from Fresno State with a degree in kinesiology/exercise physiology in 2005. While at Cal Poly, he was selected to the All-Big West second team as a freshman and sophomore.
Carless is a native of Visalia, Calif., and attended Golden West High School, where he earned three-time All-American honors in tennis and basketball. As a youth tennis player he was ranked in the top five in Northern California in each age division and was as high as #40 in the country.