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Head Coach Mike Edles

Mike Edles enters his 18th season as head coach of the Anteaters. Coach Edles and UC Irvine recorded a milestone season for the program with a team-record 23 wins including a Big West regular season title and the team's third trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Anteaters won its first-ever tournament match with a 4-2 victory over San Jose State in the opening round. Coach Edles earned his fifth Big West Coach of the Year award after posting a perfect conference record for the second time in his career, posting a 20-match win streak, leading the squad to its highest-ever national ranking of No. 23, and finishing with a winning record for the 13th time at UCI.

In the 2010 season, he was named ITA/Southwest Region Coach of the Year and Big West Conference Coach of the Year. The 2010 women's tennis team earned their first ever Big West Tournament title and second trip to the NCAA Tournament.

As head coach of the Anteaters, Edles has led his teams to wins over nationally ranked programs such as San Diego State, Pepperdine, and Long Beach State. In 2007, UCI went into the Big West Championship with a perfect 8-0 record and at one point was ranked as high as No. 28 in the nation. That same year, UCI earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship, a first for the Big West Conference. Edles has coached players who have earned accolades such as Big West Player of the Year, Big West Freshman of the Year, Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Region Senior Player of the Year as well as numerous All-Big West selections. He has been named Wilson/ITA West Region Coach of the Year, four-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year, and has lead several teams to year-end national rankings.
 
Edles was a four-year player for the Anteater tennis team from 1975-79, earning NCAA All-America honors in singles and doubles in 1977, when UCI won the NCAA Division II championship. He moved into the coaching ranks following his graduation from UCI in 1979 with a B.A. degree in economics. He served as head men's tennis coach at Cal State Bakersfield from 1979-82, leading that school to California Collegiate Athletic Association championships in 1981 and 1982.
 
He was then head men's tennis coach at Chapman University from 1982-88, guiding the Panthers to four CCAA titles and NCAA Division II championships in 1985, 1987 and 1988. Edles was named NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1988.
 
From 1988-92, he served as head men's tennis coach at Cal State Hayward collecting a Northern California Athletic Conference championship in 1991. Edles was the head women's coach at Boise State from 1992-95, leading the Broncos to their first-ever Big Sky Conference championship in that sport in 1995, when he was named conference coach of the year. He was 42-26 overall while at Boise State.
 
He served as assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis teams in 1996-97 at the University of Hawaii, where his wife, Laura, was a sociology professor. The Edles' have two children, Benson (22) and Eleanor (19).

The Edles File

  • ITA Regional Coach of the Year, 2010, 2007
  • Big West Coach of the Year, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2002, 2000
  • All-American at UC Irvine, 1977
  • Head coach, Boise State, 1992-95
  • Head Coach, Cal State Hayward, 1988-92
  • Head Coach, Chapman University, 1982-88
  • Head Caoch, Cal State Bakersfield, 1979-82
  • Assistant Coach, Hawaii, 1996-97
Edles Coaching Record
Year School Record Postseason
2013 UC Irvine 23-5 NCAA 2nd Round
2012 UC Irvine 16-8 Big West Final
2011 UC Irvine 12-13 Big West Final
2010  UC Irvine  13-11 NCAA 1st Round
2009  UC Irvine  16-8 Big West Final
2008  UC Irvine  16-9 Big West Final
2007  UC Irvine 21-5 NCAA 1st Round
2006 UC Irvine 15-10 Big West Final
2005 UC Irvine 14-10 Big West Semi
2004  UC Irvine 15-8 Big West Final
2003  UC Irvine 14-10 Big West Semi
2002  UC Irvine 17-7 Big West Final
2001 UC Irvine 7-17 Big West 1st Rd
2000  UC Irvine 18-7 Big West Final
1999  UC Irvine 11-13 Big West Semi
1998  UC Irvine 12-10  
1997  UC Irvine 10-15  
Totals 227-161  
       

 

 

Contact Coach Edles

Email: medles@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-6960

Office: IAB 115

Assistant Coach Elizabeth Ferris

Elizabeth Ferris joins the program for her first season as a collegiate assistant. Ferris played on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) circuit reaching career-high rankings of No. 393 in singles and No. 455 in doubles.

Ferris played collegiately at the University of Utah from 2004-08 where she was a four-time All-Mountain West selection in singles and twice named all-conference in doubles. She later graduated in 2009 with a degree in health promotion and education.

Prior to college, Ferris was a top-20 junior player in Southern California. She grew up in Anaheim, Calif. and attended Canyon High School.

The Ferris File

  

Contact Coach Ferris

Phone: 949-824-2166

Office: IAB 118

Assistant Coach Aaron Yovan

Aaron Yovan comes to UC Irvine women's tennis from Max Performance Tennis, a company he runs that specializes in coaching tennis clinics, since August 2007.

Yovan played 3 years at #1 ranked UCLA as part of a three-time Pac 10 team champion. He finished up his college career as the #1 in singles and doubles at UCI for the 2006-2007 season. He went 13-10 in singles and a combined 16-6 in doubles earning All-Big West First Team honors in singles and All-Big West Second Team honors in doubles. Following his UCI career, Yovan qualified for pro tournaments around the country competing against former top 10 players in the world.

He is a USPTA certified coach and has been teaching for 7 years.
He specializes in juniors, and has also traveled on the pro circuit coaching pros.

Yovan was also a very decorated player coming out of high school as a National Singles Champion and National Doubles Champion. He was the #1 Doubles player in the Country in the 16s, #8 Singles player in the country in the 16s, and #1 varsity singles all 4 years at University High School where he also made 4 CIF finals appearances winning 3 straight CIF titles.

His full name is Aaron Yovan born in Newport Beach, Calif. His parents are Ronald and Lynn Yovan and also a sister, Amy.

Yovan admires Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, and enjoys listening to music and playing the guitar.

The Yovan File

  • All-Big West Singles First Team
  • All-Big West Doubles Second Team
  • Three-time Pac 10 team champion   

Contact Coach Yovan

Phone: 949-824-2166

Office: IAB 118