Mike Perez enters his 29th season as the head of both the men’s and women’s tennis program at Lynn University. With seven national championships under his belt, he has shown consistency in not only producing champions on the tennis courts but also in the classroom. He has coached 73 All-Americans on the men’s side and 113 on the women’s side while leading both teams to academic success season after season.
Perez's tennis programs have become synonymous with success, notching his 1,000th career victory when the men's team defeated Florida Tech 5-1 on April 2, 2016. Boasting an overall record of 1,056-274 (.794), Perez has notched 597 victories with the women and 459 on the men's side.
Perez guided Lynn's women's tennis team to NAIA National Championships in 1993, 1995, and 1996. In the first year of competition in the NCAA DII, he then claimed the program's first NCAA DII National Title in 1997 then added two more in 1998 and 2001. The 2001 championship season ended with a 5-3 victory over BYU-Hawaii, the Seasiders' first Division II loss after a 103-match winning streak. On the men's side, Perez coached his 2007 squad to the program's first NCAA Championship.
After entering the Sunshine State Conference in 1998, Perez has totaled 14 SSC Titles and a combined men's and women's SSC record of 221-40 (.847). In 147 SSC women's contests, Perez has only lost a total of 12 matches.
Always clutch on the big stage, the women’s team has made 21 consecutive championship appearances and 15 final fours since becoming a DII institution in the 1997 season.
On the men's side, Perez's squads have reached the postseason 13 times since beginning NCAA play in 1997 and the Blue and White reached the final match in both 2006 and 2007.
In 2007, Perez earned Top Coach on the First 25 Years on the SSC's Women's Tennis Silver Anniversary Team. He was also named the NAIA Coach of the Decade for 1990-00.
Other honors claimed by Perez:
▪ NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1993, 1995 and 1996
▪ 13x Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2006, 2007, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016)
▪ Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Coach of the Year in 2002
▪ 2009 ITA Women's Regional Coach of the Year
▪ 2007 ITA Men's Regional and National Coach of the Year
▪ 2006 ITA Women's Regional Coach of the Year
An accomplished high school and collegiate baseball player in Arizona, Perez moved to Florida in 1988 and joined the Lynn athletics family as an assistant tennis coach. One season later he assumed the reigns of both the men's and women's program, putting into motion what has proved to be a tradition of success, excellence and domination.