Simon Thibodeau
Simon Thibodeau
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 893-3747
Email: simon.thibodeau@athletics.ucsb.edu

Simon Thibodeau was named the women’s tennis head coach for UC Santa Barbara June 12, 2012. Thibodeau came to the Gauchos after heading the women’s tennis program at Fresno State for nine years where he accumulated six Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards.

“I had a great journey at Fresno State, but I couldn’t pass up such a great opportunity,” Thibodeau said.  “This is a dream job for me.  To coach in a place as beautiful as Santa Barbara and in a system with academics as great as the UC system, is perfect.  I want to thank Mark (Massari) and UCSB for this tremendous opportunity.”

Thibodeau has already gained seven WAC titles; nine All-Americans; seven individual national title appearances for players under his supervision; five appearances in the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament; the highest year-end ranking in program history and a winning percentage of .750.

While at Fresno State, Thibodeau helped the Bulldogs accumulate a record of 159-80. His teams finished five seasons ranked among the nation’s top-20, including an all-time high of 13th in 2004.  In 2009, Fresno State won a school record 24 matches and finished the season ranked 16th in the nation.  In all, Thibodeau’s teams won 20 or more dual matches on five occasions. 

He also brought individual attention to his players in his nine seasons at Fresno State. Melanie Gloria gained four consecutive WAC Player of the Year awards and a career high Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking of No. 2 in the nation. Overall, his teams produced seven WAC Players of the Year, one ITA National Rookie of the Year, five WAC Freshmen of the Year and nine All-Americans. Nationally, his players have regularly finished ranked in the nation’s top-100 and as high as No. 4 in singles and No. 1 in doubles.

Thibodeau has coached numerous players into the NCAA Individual Championships and in 2004 one of his players, Jelena Pandzic, reached the title match.  In 2005, the Bulldogs’ tandem of Lucia Sainz and Katarina Winterhalter reached the championship match in the All-American doubles competition and in 2006 they reached the NCAA doubles final. In 2006, Melanie Gloria appeared in the All-American singles championship as well as the Indoor Semifinals. Gloria paired with Tinesta Rowe reaching the NCAA doubles championship in 2008. That same year, Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova reached the NCAA doubles semifinals, the All-American final, and won the ITA Indoor doubles championship. In 2009 the doubles duo ended the season ranked No. 1 in the ITA doubles rankings and Petukhova won the All-American singles consolation.

Thibodeau’s Fresno State teams not only excelled on the court, but in the classroom as well.  The Bulldogs earned ITA All-Academic Team honors five times, achieving a collective grade point average over 3.20.  In 2009, the team achieved a cumulative 3.60 GPA, had five players named to the Academic All-WAC team and one to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and All-American teams. 

Before becoming a bulldog, Thibodeau was the assistant coach for the University of Arizona women’s team for three years, helping to steer the Wildcats into the ITA top-25.

Thibodeau, originally from Repentigny, Quebec, graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in 1997, where he received his bachelor’s in specialized sports science. There he worked under the Canadian Tennis Federation as a national coach for Canadian junior players, where he traveled around the world gaining an abundance of knowledge on the junior circuit. He supervised national training camps, coached members of the national junior team and assisted with the Canadian Federation Cup team.

In his first full season here at UC Santa Barbara, Thibodeau helped steer an impressive 15-9 record. The squad performed well in conference play, posting a 5-4 record in Big West conference action. Guiding the team to the Big West tournament, Thibodeau and his squad fell just short with a semifinal loss to eventual champion, Long Beach St. Making his mark in the conference, Thibodeau had players Kiersten Meehan and April Scatliffe honored with season awards from the Big West. 

Fulfilling his second season as head coach for Santa Barbara, Thibodeau and his young team fought for an 8-16 season record. Playing top compeition like UCLA, Washington, Washington St., Columbia and Kansas St., the Gauchos faced premier programs for portions of the season. Recording an even 4-4 conference record, the Gauchos once again qualified for the season's Big West tournament. Much like the previous year, UCSB fell in a semifinal match to Long Beach St. 


Simon Thibodeau Through the Years 

Year

School

Wins

Losses

 

Ranking

Conf. Finish

NCAA Finish

2003-2004

Fresno State

22

4

 

13

1st

Round of 16

2004-2005

Fresno State

15

9

 

48

1st

Round of 64

2005-2006

Fresno State

20

7

 

20

1st

Round of 16

2006-2007

Fresno State

23

3

 

14

1st

Round of 16

2007-2008

Fresno State

21

8

 

16

1st

Round of 16

2008-2009

Fresno State

24

6

 

16

1st

Round of 16

2009-2010

Fresno State

8

19

 

-

2nd

-

2010-2011

Fresno State

11

14

 

67

1st

Round of 64

2011-2012

Fresno State

14

9

 

57

2nd

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2012-2013 UCSB 15 9   - 5th -
2013-2014 UCSB 8 16   - 5th -

Totals

11 Seasons

182

105

 
     

Individual Honors under Simon Thibodeau

Fresno State

All-American Singles
Melanie Gloria (2007, 2008, 2009)
Anastatia Petukova (2008, 2010)
Jelena Pandzic (2004)

All-American Doubles
Lucia Saniz and Katarina Winterhalter (2006)  
Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova (2008, 2009)
Tinesta Rowe and Melanie Gloria (2008)

All-WAC Singles (1st Team)
Jelena Pandzic (2004)
Katarina Winterhalter (2005)
Melanie Gloria (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Renata Kucerkova (2007, 2008)
Anastasia Petukhova (2008, 2009, 2010)
Marianne Jodoin (2011, 2012)

All-WAC Doubles (1st Team)
Jelena Pandzic and Tallo (2004)
Katarina Winterhalter and Lucia Sainz (2005, 2006)
Tinesta Rowe and Melanie Gloria (2007, 2008, 2009)
Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova (2008, 2009)
Marianne Jodoin and Pola (2011)

WAC Player of the Year
Jelena Landzic (2004)
Melanie Gloria (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Mariannae Jodoin (2011, 2012)

WAC Freshman of the Year
Jelena Pandzic (2004)
Melanie Gloria (2006)
Renata Kucerkova (2007)
Marianne Jodoin (2011) 

National Rookie of the Year
Jelena Pandzic (2004)

ITA Northwest Region Senior Player of the Year
Melanie Gloria (2009)

ITA National Doubles Team of the Year
Renata Kucerkova & Anastasia Petukhova (2009)

WAC Coach of the Year
Simon Thibodeau (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)

 

NCAA Team Results under Simon Thibodeau

Fresno State

2004
R64- def. Sacramento St. 4-3
R32- def. California 4-3
R16- lost Georgia 4-2

2005
R64- lost Oregon 4-2

2006
R64- def. Sacramento St. 4-1
R32- def. California 4-3
R16- lost Miami (Fla.) 4-2 

2007
R64- def. Army 4-0
R32- def. Pepperdine 4-0
R16- lost Georgia Tech 4-2

2008
R64- def. Lamar 4-0
R32- def. Arizona State 4-1
R16- lost Northwestern 4-1

2009
R64- def. Eastern Ky. 4-0
R32- def. Illinois 4-3
R16- lost Northwestern 4-0 

2011
R64- lost Notre Dame 4-0

 

 

Final Individual Ranking under Simon Thibodeau

Fresno State

2012
Marianne Jodoine                                                                   45

2011
Marianne Jodoine                                                                   42

2010
Anastasia Petukhova                                                              19
Renata Kucerkova                                                                  97
Renata Kucercova/ Laura Pola                                                 47

2009
Melanie Gloria                                                                         16
Anastasia Petukhova                                                               34
Anastasia Petukhova/ Renata Kucerkova                                   1
Melanie Gloria/ Tinesta Rowe                                                   23

2008
Melanie Gloria                                                                        15
Anastasia Petukhova                                                              20
Tinesta Rowe                                                                        114
Melanie Gloria/ Tinesta Rowe                                                    2
Anastasia Petukhova/ Renata Kucerkova                                 18             
2007
Melanie Gloria                                                                         4
Renata Kucerkova                                                                 64
Gloria/Rowe                                                                          30

2006 
Melanie Gloria                                                                       23
Katarina Winterhalter                                                           65
Lucia Sainz/ Katarina Winterhalter                                          6

2005
Katarina Winterhalter                                                           97
Katarina Winterhalter/ Lucia Sainz                                        34

2004
Jelena Pandzic                                                                         6
Lucia Tallo                                                                            108
Lucia Tallo/ Jelena Pandzic                                                      23

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