Staff
Head Women's Coach
DJ Gurule

D.J. Gurule is entering his 13th year as the head coach of the Gonzaga University women’s tennis program.

Gurule has overseen the profound growth of the women’s tennis program. The Zags have won double-digit matches in six seasons under Gurule, including a school-best 16 in 2016 and four of the five highest win totals in the last 20 years.

His sixth career 10-win season came in 2016, the best in program history so far. In addition to the 16 dual wins, Gonzaga also won a record six conference matches that year, finishing second in the West Coast Conference and earning a historic berth to the WCC Championships’ semifinal round. The year also included an 11-match win streak – another program record – and single-season individual wins highs in both singles (25; Domonique Garley) and doubles play (25; Samantha Polayes and Sophie Whittle).

The Gonzaga women’s tennis program saw its first national ranking with Gurule at the helm when it was voted No. 72 by the ITA in February 2014. A year later, the Zags returned to the rankings at the beginning of conference play and picked up their first win as a ranked squad at Loyola Marymount.

During this rise, Gurule has coached 31 All-West Coast Conference honorees, including the Zags’ first-ever First Team All-WCC Singles winner (Katie Edwards, 2015), Doubles pair (Polayes and Whittle, 2016), and Second Team All-WCC honoree (Agalya Kokurina, 2008). He’s also seen numerous program records equaled or bested, including the most singles and doubles wins by an individual player during a season. Additionally, Gurule has coached many of the players on the Gonzaga career wins lists.

In addition to their skills on the court, Gurule’s teams have also found tremendous success in the classroom. The Zags have earned numerous ITA All-Academic honors as a team, and 32 student-athletes have been recognized individually. The West Coast Conference has also recognized 19 of Gurule’s student-athletes with WCC All-Academic honors.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Gurule has spent time working in tennis clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. He’s served as co-director of the Spokane Racquet Club and also spent time at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon, and Broken Top in Bend, Oregon. He got his start in coaching at Bend’s Mountain View High School.

Gurule played collegiate tennis at Pacific Lutheran University, earning four letters for the Lutes. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Spokane with their daughter, Eliana.

Head Men's Coach
Peter MacDonald

Peter MacDonald begins his 12th season at the helm of the Gonzaga University men's tennis team in 2016-17.

Under MacDonald, the Bulldogs have steadily improved on and off the court. MacDonald has coached two All-West Coast Conference Singles selections (Alvaro Nazal, 2013 and 2015), one All-WCC Second Team Singles selection (Roman Dojak, 2010), seven All-WCC Singles Honorable Mentions and six All-WCC Doubles Honorable Mentions. Academically, the program has seen four CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 selections (Roman Dojak in 2010 and Levin Guillermo from 2011-13) and 16 All-WCC Academic honorees.

MacDonald has led the Zags to numerous program firsts and top seasons, the most recent coming in 2014-15. Most notably, the Zags picked up their first WCC Tournament Opening Round victory in school history, dispatching Santa Clara 4-0 to open the tournament. The win advanced them to the tournament's second round, also a program first. Additionally, Gonzaga posted three conference victories during the regular season for the first time, and the Zags tied for sixth in the regular season standings, their highest finish under MacDonald and highest in a 10-team West Coast Conference.

In all, the Bulldogs have finished seventh or better five times in the tough WCC with MacDonald at the helm. They've recorded four seasons with double-digit victories under MacDonald, and they've twice won 11 dual matches (2007 and 2015).

Under MacDonald, the Zags have seen numerous other records fall as well. Alvaro Nazal broke the program's single-season and career singles victories with 27 and 76, respectively, and Nazal became the first Bulldog to play at the ITA All-American Championships in during the 2013-14 season. In October of 2014, MacDonald coached Nazal to the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regionals, the deepest run throughout Gonzaga tennis history in that tournament.

During his time in Spokane, MacDonald also served as Co-Director of the Spokane Racquet Club. The Spokane Racquet Club was the home site of men's and women's home matches before The Stevens Center opened in 2013-14.

Before Gonzaga, MacDonald was a private tennis coach in Portland, Oregon. During that time, he developed a high performance junior tennis program while organizing and coordinating clinics for the top players in the Pacific Northwest. As a private instructor, MacDonald helped coach several players reach national open tournaments in both singles and doubles play. MacDonald also served as the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Portland from 1996-98, helping with the technical and strategic development of the players.

MacDonald is a 1996 graduate of the University of Portland, earning his bachelors of science degree in business management.