Utah State will have a new men’s head tennis coach for the 2019-2020 academic year.

That’s because James Wilson has stepped down “to pursue other career opportunities,” it was announced Monday in a press release. The Aggies enjoyed unparalleled success in Wilson’s three seasons at the helm as they made their first two appearances to the NCAA Tournament in program history.

With Wilson in charge of the program, USU went 61-27, including a 19-2 mark in the Mountain West. Additionally, the Aggies went a combined 7-1 during that timespan in the Mountain West Tournament.

Under the tutelage of Wilson, the Aggies captured a pair of MW regular season and tournament titles. USU was ranked as high as 37th nationally during Wilson’s time in Cache Valley.

Wilson, the 2017-18 Mountain West Coach of the Year, helped the Aggies win a program-record 23 dual matches during the 2017 spring season.

Prior to his time in Logan, Wilson spent three years as an assistant coach at Texas Tech, helping his alma mater make three consecutive appearances to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Raiders finished with a dual match record of 60-26 during that timespan.

Wilson also spent one academic year as an assistant coach at UNLV (2012-13) and William & Mary (2011-12). Prior to that, he was a volunteer assistant for the men’s and women’s programs at Texas Tech.

As a student-athlete for the Red Raiders, Wilson was a two-year team captain. TTU went to a trio of NCAA Tournaments during his career as a player. Wilson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees while at Texas Tech.


Soon-to-be high school senior Chy Rivers announced his verbal commitment to the Aggies on Monday on Twitter.

The Parkview Baptist (Louisiana) High star was as a first-team all-district selection as an athlete following the 2018 campaign. As a sophomore for the Eagles, Rivers earned second-team all-district honors as a punt returner.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder has scholarship offers from a handful of FBS programs, including Marshall, Toledo, Ball State and Georgia Southern. Rivers, who is a slot back and defensive back for the Eagles, was offered by the Aggies in May.

Former USU defensive back Christian Nash is headed to FCS program Idaho. The former East High star announced his decision Sunday on Twitter.

“Thankful for an Opportunity,” Nash posted. “Let’s go!!! @VandalFootball.”

Nash announced last month he was leaving USU and entering the transfer portal. He redshirted last fall, but made three tackles in a pair of games for the Aggies. Nash, who played his first three years of high school football in Arizona, also had a scholarship offer from Nevada coming out of high school.

Nash was part of USU’s ’18 recruiting class and still has all four years of eligibility.

“I’m so thankful for all of the football I learned at Utah State,” Nash tweeted out last week.

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Jason Turner is a sports reporter for The Herald Journal. He can be reached at jturner@hjnews.com or 435-792-7237.