Per Nilsson begins his fifth season as the assistant coach for the National Champion men's tennis team. In his first four seasons in Malibu, the Waves have earned a 96-25 dual-match record, while helping guide the program to four consecutive West Coast Conference titles and in 2006 helped head coach Adam Steinberg lead the program to its first-ever national title. He has guided five different players to All-America honors in his four seasons at Pepperdine.
After the Waves reached the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament in 2005 to finish the year with a 24-3 record and a No. 8 national ranking, Nilsson was named the ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Nilsson as a Player
Nilsson, a native of Sweden, played collegiate tennis at Mississippi State and helped the Bulldogs earn three consecutive Top 10 national rankings from 1992-94.
Mississippi State advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA tournament in 1992 and 1993, but lost to Notre Dame both seasons. In 1993, the team won a share of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) title.
In 1994, the Bulldogs completed the campaign with a dual match record of 21-7 and a program-best No. 3 ranking after advancing to the semifinals at the NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs were eliminated by eventual national champion USC that season.
Serving as team captain during his senior year, Nilsson was ranked as high as No. 45 in singles and holds a No. 6 ranking on the Bulldogs' all-time career victory list in both singles and doubles.
Nilsson was a student assistant coach at Mississippi State during the 1994-95 season before becoming the head tennis professional at the Capital City Country Club in Atlanta, Geo. from 1995-98.