Mullis Hired as Men's Tennis Assistant Coach
Mullis comes to Pepperdine after two years on staff at Utah State.
MALIBU, Calif. – Head Coach Marcelo Ferreira announced the hiring of new assistant coach Ben Mullis to the Pepperdine men’s tennis team on Friday afternoon. Mullis joins a staff that led the Waves to runner up finish at the West Coast Conference Tournament.
“I am so excited to have Ben join our program,” Ferreira said. “He has all the qualities and attributes that I am looking for in a tennis coach and mentor. He has positively impacted every program he's been through as a coach and player, and I can't wait to see him in action as a Wave.
"During the hiring process I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about Ben and words like ‘incredible competitor’, ‘untouchable work ethic’, and ‘passionate and energetic’ came up a lot and I just knew he was going to be a very good fit for our program and help us achieve the goals we have for the upcoming years."
Mullis comes to Malibu after two years as an assistant coach at Utah State University. He was named the Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 after helping coach the team to their second straight regular season Mountain West Championship, as well as the conference tournament championship. During his tenure at Utah State, the team achieved a school record ITA national ranking of 39th in 2016-17.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work for a school such as Pepperdine,” said Mullis. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew it was a institution that has a deep commitment to excellence in every way. I would like to thank Head Coach Marcelo Ferreira, Assistant AD Matt Kalish and Director of Athletics Steve Potts for allowing me to become part of the Pepperdine family. My goal is to build on the amazing history of this program and this school and to add value in every area of the program. I am really excited to become a Wave and can't wait to get to work."
Prior to coaching at Utah State, Mullis played collegiate tennis at Drake University, where he was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a No. 16 national ranking as well as a bid to the NCAA Tournament each year he played. Individually, Mullis was ranked as high as No. 109 in ITA singles rankings, and served as team captain his senior year. In the classroom, he was a four-time ITA All-Academic recipient.
Mullis is a native of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England, and was ranked among the top 500 in the ITF junior rankings.