The most successful coach in the history of Azusa Pacific tennis, Mark Bohren begins his 17th year at the helm of the Cougar men's program and his first as the Director of tennis operations.
Bohren had an instrumental role in establishing the program, and he prior to 2015 had been the only head coach in the history of the Azusa Pacific women's program. He has posted a 392-109 (.782) mark on the men's side, while the Cougar women have gone 270-129 (.677) under his tutelage.
Men's Tennis Coaching Experience
A two-time national champion, Bohren guided Azusa Pacific to the 2013 National Christian College Athletics Association title, closing out the program's first year of NCAA Division II play with an 27-2 record. Azusa Pacific recorded the program's first undefeated regular season, heading into the PacWest tournament with a perfect 21-0 record before key injuries ended the team's unblemished season in the second round of the tournament. When Azusa Pacific was a member of the NAIA Bohren lifted Azusa Pacific's men's tennis program to the most successful run in program history, taking the Cougars to an NAIA-record five straight national championship matches. In 2007 his squad posted a 27-4 record, the fifth straight season of 25 wins or more and the 11th in a string of 16 consecutive winning campaigns for the Cougars.
The 2003 Cougars became the first squad in program history to record more than 20 victories, posting a 25-7 mark en route to Azusa Pacific's first-ever national title match. The Cougars were even better in 2004, recording a school-record 31 wins in just 33 matches, resulting in a second straight NAIA title match. It all came together in 2005 for Azusa Pacific, which knocked off Santa Fe (N.M.), 5-3, for the program's first national championship. In 2006, Bohren led his team into a fourth straight championship match with a 26-1 record, although the Cougars had to settle for a runner-up finish after suffering just its second defeat of the campaign to Auburn Montgomery.
For his work, Bohren has received numerous accolades. He is a 2-time recipient of the prestigious NAIA Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year award (2004 and 2006), in addition to being named the 2005 NAIA Coach of the Year.
Under his tutulage, Sam Fletcher was named the Ward-Ballinger Outstanding Player of the 2004 NAIA Tournament, which acknowledges the top player in the NAIA, and he has also mentored 2 ITA/NAIA Rookie of the Year honorees and 2006 ITA/NAIA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award winner Tom Jelsma. Since 1997, Bohren's players have been awarded 32 NAIA All-American honors, including 4 2-time honorees, 1 3-time honoree and 3 4-time honorees. In addition to standout play on the court, four of Bohren's teams have earned NAIA All-America Scholar Team recognition for its academic success.
The Cougars have won nine GSAC championships on the strength of a record 52-match conference winning streak after the 2007 season. All nine of Azusa Pacific's conference championships have come in the last 18 years. Additionally, the Cougars made 16 straight appearances in the NAIA tournament and have won eight NAIA Region II championships.
Women's Tennis Coaching Experience
After helping get Azusa Pacific's women's tennis program started in 1998, Bohren has guided the Cougars to 15 NAIA Tournament appearances, one GSAC championship (2000) and eight GSAC runner-up finishes.
In 2013 the Cougars made a run to the National Christian College Athletics Association semifinals, and in the program's initial NCAA Division II season, the Cougars were ranked in the top-25 all year.
In 2000, Bohren led the Cougars to the GSAC title with a perfect 10-0 conference mark in just their third year as a program, as well as the program's first of 8 consecutive NAIA Tournament appearances. In 2004, Azusa Pacific notched a program-record 21 wins and posted its best national showing ever with an NAIA title match appearance. The Cougars again registered 21 wins in each of the next 2 seasons and advanced to the 2005 and 2006 NAIA semifinals, as well.
Bohren's teams have featured 10 NAIA All-American selections, including 4-time NAIA All-American first team honoree Jennifer Dao. His roster has also featured at least 1 NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete recipient in each of the past 7 seasons, including 2005 ITA/NAIA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award winner Lynn Quitoriano. The Cougars have been honored 3 times as an NAIA All-America Scholar Team (2003, 2005, 2007), and Bohren has had Azusa Pacific ranked in the NAIA's Top 20 in each of the past 9 seasons.
An avid instructor, Bohren spent 6 years working with Pam Austin, the older sister of Tracy Austin, at the Industry Hills Tennis Center as a teaching pro where he ran a successful junior development program working with the top-ranked regional and national players. He also earned his United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Pro One, which is the highest coaching credential the USTPA offers.
Bohren, who played 4 seasons for former Cougar head coach Jack Carter, graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He later earned a master's in education in 1999 from Azusa Pacific.
He and his wife, Joelle, live in San Antonio Heights, Calif., with their two boys, Leyton and Brody.