Come coach under Texas Tech Women's Tennis Head Coach Todd Petty and you could be a head coach before you know it. In his 10 years, all four of Petty's previous assistant coaches were handpicked to lead their own programs.
Last week, former associate head coach Ric Mortera was named the ninth head coach at Fresno State.
"This has been a long time coming for Ric," Petty said. "He is a great friend first, but an amazing coach as well. I can't wait to see him do great things at Fresno."
Mortera joined the Lady Raiders in 2014 as an assistant coach. During his time with the Lady Raiders, Texas Tech went to three straight Sweet 16s and the first Elite Eight appearance in program history.
In Mortera's final season with the Lady Raiders (2016-17), Texas Tech finished No. 7 in the final rankings and produced a program-best 27 wins. The Lady Raiders won the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships for the first time in program history.
He was promoted to associate head coach in 2016 and was named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
Petty's latest assistant, Boomer Saia, was named the women's tennis head coach at Iowa State following his one season with the Lady Raiders.
In just his first season with the Lady Raiders, Saia helped Tech to a 20-win season and an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2018. The team ranked in the top-15 all season and finished second in the Big 12.
A tireless and hardworking recruiter, Saia helped sign the nation's third-ranked class for Texas Tech in 2018.
"Todd does such an amazing job and I was lucky to work under him at Texas Tech. His daily effort into the team and program is unmatched," Saia said. "Todd had done an incredible job with the Lady Raider Tennis program and I feel fortunate to have learned from him."
Hayden Perez was a part of the women's tennis team for one season before taking over at Memphis.
In his one season at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders advanced to the NCAA Championship for a third straight year. Three members of the 2014 Texas Tech squad were named First-Team All-Big 12.
Under his guidance, Memphis has improved annually since Perez arrived. In 2018, the Tigers collected a 16-8 record, which were the most wins for the program since 2013. Memphis also protected its home court with a perfect 7-0 record at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The Tigers capped the 2018 campaign ranked for the first time since 2015 when Memphis checked in at No. 71 in the Oracle/ITA year-end rankings
Todd Chapman was Petty's first hire after taking over the reins for Lady Raider tennis. In his for seasons with Tech, Chapman helped elevate the Lady Raiders to the program's first-ever bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
He helped Tech achieve its highest national rankings in school history -- 39th in 2011, 17th in 2012 and 15th in 2013. Tech reached the second round of the team competition in 2013's NCAA Tournament, and their All-Big 12 duo of Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo reached the NCAA round of 16 in the doubles draw.
Chapman was named the head coach of Kansas' women's tennis program and has led the Jayhawks to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in 18 years.
"I think one of the things I am most thankful to Todd for is his willingness to give me the freedom to coach in my own style, learn, grow, and make mistakes," Chapman said. "Todd doesn't micromanage his assistants. He gives you the opportunity to become head coach ready.
"I think the biggest lesson I took from working with Todd is he never asks his assistant to do more than he does. I always respected him so much for that. There is a reason Texas Tech's women's tennis program is where it is today, and why his last four assistants have Division I head coaching jobs. That reason is Todd Petty!"
One of Petty's former volunteer assistants, Melissa Kopinski, is now in a full time position at Illinois while former Lady Raider Kenna Kilgo was just named an assistant under Saia.