Xavier University Athletic Director Greg Christopher announced Doug Matthews as the head coach for men’s and women’s tennis in June 2015. Matthews, who served as interim head coach during the 2014-15 school year, spent the previous four years as the Xavier assistant coach under former head coach Eric Toth. He also served as the staff professional at the Club at Harpers' Point.
“Doug clearly emerged as the best candidate to lead Xavier Tennis,” said Christopher. “Beyond his experience with the program, Doug set himself apart with a vision for the future and how to take the Musketeer programs to new heights. Doug is ready for this step; it’s going to be exciting to see the impact he makes.”
Matthews was a member of the Xavier men's tennis team from 2005-09, leading Xavier to back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference championships in his junior and senior years and the first-ever men's tennis team appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2009. While at XU he compiled a 75-47 career singles record, which ranks fourth all-time at Xavier. In doubles, he ranks third all-time with a 75-52 career record and he is second all-time at Xavier in total wins with a 150-99 career record.
The long list of accomplishments Matthews earned as a student-athlete while at Xavier include being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team four consecutive years, earning an Atlantic 10's Rookie of the Year award in 2006, and being named the Atlantic 10's Most Outstanding Performer in 2008 and 2009. Additionally, Matthews earned Xavier's Rev. Paul O'Connor Award, given annually to the university's male student-athlete that represents the ideal of the school based on academic and athletic excellence.
Matthews, a Maineville, Ohio native, was a two-sport star at Kings High School. He played No. 2 singles for the 2005 Ohio State Champion Kings squad, which finished the season with a 21-0 record and he also claimed 2004 Ohio State Doubles Championship along with numerous awards. Matthews and his wife Kara, also a former Xavier tennis standout, have a daughter, Kinsley.