Mark Milner began his tenure as the men’s tennis head coach at Oral Roberts on July 18, 2012.
Early in his tenure as the Golden Eagles’ head coach, Milner has seen marked improvement each season.
“The men’s tennis program at ORU has always been one of our most successful teams, and Mark Milner is the right man to lead us back to a championship level,” said Director of Athletics Mike Carter. “Mark was an integral part of a very successful program at Metro State, and I have no doubt that he will bring that success to ORU for many years to come.”
“I am honored to be selected as ORU’s next Head Men's Tennis Coach and would like to thank Mr. Carter for giving me this wonderful opportunity,” said Milner. “I intend to represent the University and the athletic department with great pride, and I am looking forward to many successful seasons in the coming years.”
The 2015 season saw the Golden Eagles climb above the .500 mark for the first time in recent years after a 12-11 finish. ORU upset South Dakota State in the first round of The Summit League Tournament before falling to league champion Denver in the semifinals.
Freshman Ciaran Lavers earned Player of the Week honors for ORU giving the Golden Eagles at least one weekly honor in each of Milner’s first three seasons.
After winning just three matches in his first season the Golden Eagles still saw impressive individual performances during the 2012-13 season. Parker Allen and Nathaniel Avery earned Southland Conference All-Academic Team honors as both posted GPA’s above 3.90.
The 2013-14 season saw the Golden Eagles more than double their win total as Allen was named Capital One Academic All-District. Allen finished the season 10-8 in singles and 6-8 in doubles with a 3.92 GPA.
Milner spent the past four seasons at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he was the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis programs. The Roadrunner men’s program went to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2012, its second trip under Milner’s watch.
Previously, Milner had coached both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Metro State to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2009. The men’s team went 8-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play that season and made the Round of 16 in NCAA play.
Metro State’s teams had a reputation for success both on the court and in the classroom under Milner’s watch. In Milner’s four seasons, the Roadrunners produced 12 All-RMAC honorees and nine Academic All-RMAC selections. 2012 graduate Lucio Cangiano won the ITA Central Region Singles Championship in each of his final two seasons under Milner’s tutelage.
Milner is also a USTA High Performance Coach.
Collegiately, Milner spent his final two seasons at Metro State, where he graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Human Performance and Sport. He was a two-time All-RMAC selection in both singles and doubles play, and he also earned Academic All-RMAC honors twice.
Prior to his playing career at Metro State, Milner spent one season at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., where he was an All-American in the junior college ranks. Milner also played one season of college soccer.
Milner and his wife, Tiffany, have two daughters, Scarlett, 5, and Amelia, 2.