Jason Tahir enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke University. He was named to his position with the men’s tennis team in July, 2015.
Tahir remains with his alma mater after graduating in May of 2015 with a degree in sociology. During Tahir’s first year coaching with the Blue Devils, he worked frequently with senior Daniel McCall, who turned in the best year of his career. McCall nearly equaled his dual match singles victory total from his first three years combined and tallied the first ACC wins of his career.
In doubles, McCall and freshman Jason Lapidus formed one of Duke’s top pairings, leading the squad with nine overall victories and four ACC triumphs.
Tahir, a Rochester, N.Y., native, was a four-year letterwinner at Duke, receiving All-ACC honors in 2014 and 2015 and the ITA Carolina Region Most Improved Senior award in 2015.
“Jonathan Stokke and I are thrilled to welcome Jason to our coaching staff,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “Jason was a leader, top player and two-time team captain for us as a student-athlete. Now he will continue to lead from the sidelines.”
“Jason has an exemplary work ethic, a great tennis mind and a deep passion for Duke tennis,” Smith continued. “It speaks volumes for our program that Jason has made this commitment to take on a coaching role after his recent graduation from Duke.”
Saving one of his best years for his senior campaign, Tahir ended the year ranked No. 45 by the ITA and spent the majority of the spring in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions. He finished his career ranked within the top 10 in the Duke record books in ACC singles wins (T-3rd/32), ACC doubles wins (T-10th/24) and overall singles wins (10th/105).
In spring of 2015, Tahir became the 15th member of Duke’s prestigious 100-win club. He was one of three Blue Devils to reach the 100-career victory mark during the 2015 season, tied for the most in a year in program history.
Tahir received at-large bids to the NCAA Singles Championship as a junior and senior, reaching the second round as a junior in 2014.
Off the court, Tahir was a four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and was a two-time All-ACC Academic Team pick and ITA All-Academic Scholar Athlete.