Nilsson Returns to Alma Mater as Head Coach
Nilsson comes to MSU from
Easily highlighting his resume while in
Leading up to that crowning season, Pepperdine improved from 27th in the country in 2004 to No. 8 nationally in ’05, a year in which Nilsson was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The Waves advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals that campaign, ending at 24-3.
Prior to heading to
Upon the completion of his career at State, he was a student assistant for MSU’s men’s program in 1994-95.
Certainly no stranger to the Bulldog tennis program, Nilsson lettered four seasons (1991-94) for
During Nilsson’s four seasons, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA round of 16 four times, concluding with a program-best national semifinal appearance during his senior season of 1994. After a No. 20 national finish in ’91, State posted consecutive top 10 rankings in each of his last three seasons, coming in at 9th, 7th and 3rd in the country, respectively. He was also part of the Bulldogs’ 1993 squad that claimed the Southeastern Conference crown.
Nilsson ranks seventh all-time in the Bulldog record books for overall career victories with 164. He also ranks seventh at State in career wins in dual matches with 102. He attained his highest individual national ranking during his senior season, as team co-captain, coming in at 45th in the country in singles.
"We are very proud to be able to attract a coach with Per’s experience on the national level to our program," Templeton said. "We are even more proud that he is a product of our tradition-rich tennis program who knows what it takes to be successful on the national and conference levels."
A native of
Both Pepperdine Athletics and the tennis community of
(Courtesy of MSU Media Relations)