Izak van der Merwe
Izak van der Merwe finished his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Baylor men's tennis program.
Last season, he was a part of the team's 13th NCAA quarterfinal appearance and ninth Big 12 postseason title run. He mentored Big 12 Individual Champion and All-Big 12 honoree Will Little at No. 4 singles as well as All-Americans Jimmy Bendeck and Sven Lah. He guided Little and All-Big 12 honoree Matias Soto to an 8-4 record on the doubles court.
Izak van der Merwe (pronounced EE-zah-k vun dur Mer-vuh) competed on the ATP World Tour from 2005 to 2014, earning a career-high No. 94 doubles ranking and No. 113 singles ranking and winning a total of 17 ATP Challenger Tour singles and doubles titles. He was a singles semifinalist at the SA Open in 2011 and a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Grass Court Championships a year later.
He also competed as part of Team South Africa in 13 Davis Cup ties from 2006 to 2014 where the team made four World Group Playoff appearances.
A Johannesburg, South Africa native, van der Merwe played collegiate tennis at Old Dominion and was the school's first two-time ITA Collegiate Tennis All-American and the only Monarch to reach the national semifinals in the NCAA, All-American and & ITA Indoor national championships.
He earned All-America status in doubles (2004) and singles (2004, 2005) and capped off his Monarch career with a 73-27 singles record and 73-33 doubles record. He was inducted into the Old Dominion Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Van der Merwe earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from ODU in 2005. He graduated with his masters of business administration degree from University of Texas at Dallas in 2015.