Miners Look For First Tournament Triumph Since 2009
Miners' Rally Comes Up Shy
Miners Play 1 P.M. MST Friday & 12 P.M. MST Sunday
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Miners Down Blazers, 6-1, On Senior Day
El Paso native and UTEP graduate Victor Aguilar will enter the 2011-12 season as his second year as the head coach for the Miners' tennis program.
UTEP registered six wins in his first season as head coach, including dispatching league foe UAB to secure its initial Conference USA triumph since 2009. The Miners posted a mark of 4-1 at home to lock up the school-record fifth consecutive winning season. They are 35-14 in that time frame.
Another notable triumph was downing I-10 rival New Mexico State on the road. It marked the first road victory in the series for the Orange and Blue since 2007, and improved UTEP to 4-10 against the Aggies since 2000.
There were some solid individual performances, with freshman Rebeca Calvillo storming onto the scene to compile a team-high 19 wins. Included among them was Calvillo claiming flight titles at both the NM State Fall Invite and Rice Tennis Fall Invite.
Aguilar was an assistant coach for the team from 2007-10, which proved to be the winningest stretch in the program's history. The Miners racked up 48 wins in the timeframe, including a school-record 16 victories in 2009.
UTEP reached double digits in triumphs in consecutive campaigns for just the second time in school annals, before the stretch was halted in 2011.
Aguilar, who remains active as a player, has plenty of experience. He has been one of the top tennis professionals in El Paso the past 24 years.
Born and raised in El Paso, Aguilar played junior tennis throughout the Southwest and was ranked No. 1 in boys 12 and 14. He moved to Denver, Colo., for high school, where he won the state doubles title as a freshman. As a sophomore, he was the third-ranked singles player in the state. He elevated to the top spot for his junior and senior seasons.
After high school, he received a scholarship to Southern Illinois University. He transferred to St. Regis College in Denver, claiming Rocky Mountain Conference titles at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.
Aguilar then returned home to El Paso, where he completed his degree in 1975. At the same time, he competed in local open and money tournaments. Following graduation, Aguilar was a public school history teacher. He later earned his master's degree from UTEP, graduating in 1987 with a master's in history.
The top-ranked senior player in El Paso in his age bracket for the past 24 years, Aguilar taught at El Paso Community College for 12 years. Prior to that, he was a private tennis instructor while also working in the educational system.
He and his wife, Sabrina, have two daughters, Katie and Annie.