The Northwestern State tennis program and its storied success will begin a new chapter in the 2021 campaign.
Patric DuBois has stepped down as the Lady Demons’ head coach, paving the way for assistant Jonas Brobeck to take the helm. DuBois made the decision to expand his duties as the assistant athletic director for special projects while remaining with the tennis program as an assistant.
Brobeck came to NSU as an assistant in 2018 and has had a significant impact on the court and in recruiting.
Brobeck helped lead the Lady Demons to a second-place finish in the Southland Conference in his first season. NSU was 10-4 and 3-1 in the Southland Conference when the 2020 season was cut short by the novel coronavirus pandemic in March.
Previously, Brobeck served as travel coach for top juniors at regional, national, and ITF levels for his hometown in Stockholm, Sweden.
Brobeck served as an assistant coach at Morehead State (2013-15) and a volunteer assistant at his alma mater UNC Asheville before returning to his home country to continue his coaching career.
“Jonas and I have had a great professional and personal relationship since he started,” DuBois said. “We mesh very well, and I look forward to continuing to work with him. Jonas has an outstanding tennis knowledge and an uncanny ability to get through to his players. I believe he is one of the top young coaches in the country.”
Brobeck’s collegiate playing career consisted of a four-year stint at UNC Asheville where he was a captain as a senior and was named first team all-conference in doubles. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a program-best second place finish in the Big South.
“Jonas has hit the ground running since he arrived in 2018,” said Director of Athletics Greg Burke. “He has shown a strong commitment to our tennis program, athletic department, and Northwestern State University.
“He will be an outstanding head coach and mentor to these young ladies. While continuing to work with coach DuBois, I look forward to Jonas putting his own stamp on our tennis program.”
DuBois, who began his coaching career with NSU in 1989, has been instrumental in the Lady Demons’ path toward sustained success in the Southland. The nine-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year has led NSU in two separate tenures over 15 seasons, sandwiched around a nine-year period in which he served as the men’s and women’s coach at UT Arlington.
Across his two NSU stretches, DuBois has coached the Lady Demons to three SLC tournament titles and five regular season titles along with two NCAA Tournament appearances.
DuBois has accrued a 425-240 career record, including a remarkable 206-52 record in the Southland Conference. He ranks 20th in victories nationwide among all active Division I women’s tennis coaches.
In addition to remaining with the program as an assistant coach, DuBois will continue to serve as the director of the Wellness and Recreation Center — a role he has held since his return to campus in 2003.
Brobeck will begin his head coaching career Jan. 30 on the road at LSU-Alexandria with his first home match Feb. 19 against UL Lafayette.
“I am extremely excited and honored for this opportunity,” said Brobeck, who is a certified high-performance coach with the tennis federation in Sweden. “I can’t wait to get to work and continue this program’s tradition of excellence on the court and in the classroom.”
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