Wildt Announces Hiring of Assistant Coach

June 2, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head women's tennis coach Pam Wildt announced today the hiring of Hayden Perez as an assistant coach with the Cowgirl tennis program. His duties will begin effective July 1, 2003.

Perez joins the Cowgirl coaching staff after spending the last two years as the Director of Player Development for the Intermountain Region of the United States Tennis Association in Denver, Colo. His responsibilities included all aspects of junior competition, including rankings, endorsement opportunities and scheduling. This past season, he also served as a volunteer coach with the Air Force Academy's women's program and was an assistant with the program during the 2001-02 year.

In 2000-01, Perez served as an assistant teaching pro at Woodlake Racquet Club in Oklahoma City before moving on to the Air Force Academy.

His experience also includes one season as a graduate assistant tennis coach at his alma mater, Cameron University, from 1999-2000 and serving as a tennis instructor at the United State Air Force Academy Sports Camps.

As a player, Perez was a two-time Most Valuable Player selection at Cameron, and advanced to the finals of the ITA Rolex Midwest Region Division II finals in the fall of 1996. In that same year, he also earned Honorable Mention All-America NJCAA honors.

Prior to that, he had two excellent seasons at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. Perez was a member of the Division II NJCAA national champion doubles team in 1995 and a first team NJCAA All-America selection that same year.

Perez earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.) in 1999.

"I'm looking forward to working with someone with strong knowledge and experience within the Intermountain Tennis Association," said Wildt. "Hayden is familiar with our conference and understands the commitment needed to continue moving Wyoming Tennis in a positive direction. We are very excited to have him become a member of our program."