The experienced Pacific assistant takes over from Brian Jackson and looks forward to the challenge ahead

COURTESY PHOTO - Pacific's Pete Yellico will be taking the reins of an already successful Boxer tennis program.Pacific University athletic directo Ken Schumann announced Monday that Pete Yellico has been named the Boxers' head men's tennis coach.

Yellico has been the men's assistant tennis coach for the last four years under Brian Jackson. He also worked with the Pacific women's program for three years.

"We are very excited to have Pete take over the reins of our men's tennis program," said Schumann. "Pete has done outstanding work as an assistant coach in the program and I am confident he will be an excellent head coach and leader for Boxer men's tennis moving forward."

"I'm excited to be able to lead the Boxer men's tennis program," said Yellico. "Coach Jackson taught me so much and I am grateful for his leadership and help over the past four years. He has helped me grow as a coach on and off the court."

The Boxers reached the Northwest Conference Tournament each of the last four years, including a spot in the finals at the conference tournament in 2016. In 2016 he was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division III West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

"We have a lot of great recruits coming in next year who have great potential to power us to the top of the conference and hopefully break into the national rankings," said Yellico. "It is my pleasure to be able to take over the men's program and have an opportunity to achieve more success than we have had in the past."

A native of Crystal River, Fla., Yellico has proven experience as a teacher and clinician at the adult and junior levels of tennis. Before joining the Boxers, he served from 2009-12 as a tennis professional at the Bremerton (Wash.) Tennis & Athletic Club. During his tenure, he coached junior teams that reached USTA national competitions and coached five nationally ranked juniors players.

In 2012 Yellico was recruited by 1993 French Open doubles champion Murphy Jensen to work as an elite tennis professional at the Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga. In that role, Yellico taught juniors and adults with a wide variety of playing experiences and skill levels. He also worked as the professional hitting partner for WTA player Emily Harman and coordinated and competed in exhibition matches with Jensen and his doubles partner, Luke Jensen.

Prior to his career as a tennis professional, Yellico served five years in the U.S. Navy as an aviation ordinance man on the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, supervising a crew of 65 sailors. He was awarded with the Navy Achievement Medal while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was honorably discharged in 2009.

He has a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in finance from Pacific University.

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