BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's tennis team welcomes former Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Qatar Tennis Federation, Amine Boustani, as the program's assistant coach.
"I'm very excited to have Amine join the Tiger family," head coach Julia Sell said. "We have been friends for a long time and share this same passion for tennis and coaching. His background in collegiate tennis and player development will be a huge asset to this program."
Under his position with the Qatar Tennis Federation, which he held from 2009-12, he created a competitive system to produce top ranked International Tennis Federation (ITF) and professional players, managed a staff comprised of 25 national coaches and held responsibility for bringing in more ITF Juniors events and Futures events to the country.
Prior to his three years in Doha, Qatar, Boustani served one year as the Associate Head Coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. During the 2009 season, the women's team posted an 18-9 record and reached the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference final.
He began his coaching career at Drury University in 1994, where he was ultimately inducted to the Drury University Sports Hall of Fame and named the winningest tennis coach in the school's history. In his 14 years as head coach of the men's tennis team, he posted an overall record of 271-62 (.813) and led his team to the NCAA-II National Tournament 11 consecutive times, resulting in five "Elite Eight" finishes, two "Final Four" finishes, and one attempt at the national title. He was named the ITA Division-II National Coach of the Year twice (in 2001 and 2006) and earned the conference Coach of the Year award nine consecutive years from 2000-08.
Boustani has served on various NCAA-II tennis committees and was the National Chair of the ITA Division II committee. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) from 2004-08.
As a player, Boustani held the number one position at Missouri State University and earned all-conference and all-region honors. He joined the Bears as the 1989 National Junior College Champion, a title he earned while playing for Midland College in Midland, Texas. His junior career featured three national titles, a top 100 ITF Junior ranking, and a selection to Morocco's Davis Cup team.
A native of Casablanca, Morocco, Boustani earned a master's degree in education from Drury University in 1994, a bachelor's degree in science from Missouri State University in 1991 and an associate's degree in general studies from Midland College in 1989.
Boustani joins the LSU women's tennis program staff with head coach Julia S. Sell and volunteer coach Michael Sell, who was recently hired as the coach for John Isner, the No. 1 ranked American player in the world.
The Lady Tigers will kick off their spring season at the Clemson Indoor Classic on Jan. 18-20, followed by their home opening doubleheader against Northwestern St. and Southern University on Jan. 26.
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