René Vidal
René Vidal
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: First Season

René Vidal enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis program.

Vidal is a six-time NCAA Division I Conference Championship tennis coach at Boise State University, Colgate University and Mississippi State University. He began his career as a sport science intern under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Roetert at the USTA Player Development Headquarters in Miami before joining the Boise State men’s and women’s tennis programs as an assistant coach.

At Boise State, Vidal worked with nationally acclaimed head men’s coach Greg Patton, helping the teams earn three Big Sky Conference Championships and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

After serving as assistant men’s coach at the College of William & Mary, Vidal joined Colgate as an assistant before being promoted to head men’s and women’s tennis coach. While at Colgate, he led the women’s program to its third-consecutive Patriot League Conference Championship and was voted Patriot League Conference Women’s Coach of the Year.

Before joining the Mississippi State women’s program, Vidal spent three years as a high-performance coach at Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton (Fla.), where he trained elite players such as Jesse Levine (ATP/University of Florida), Caitlin Whoriskey (WTA/University of Tennessee), Allie Will (WTA/University of Florida) and Matt Manasse (Purdue University). At Mississippi State, Vidal led the women's team to its first-ever SEC Championship, a No. 30 ITA national ranking and an NCAA tournament appearance.

Vidal’s success at Mississippi State led to a head coaching position at Southern Illinois (Carbondale), where he immediately turned the program around, guiding the women’s tennis team to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championship semifinals in his second year.

Since moving to St. Louis in 2010, Vidal has served as Performance Director for Vidal Tennis Group, privately developing top junior tennis players as personal coach and mental toughness specialist. Vidal’s students have gone on to play collegiate tennis for Trinity University (Texas) and Emory University; and have competed for several local high school teams: Clayton, Ladue, Marquette, MICDS, St. Louis University, St. Joseph's and Visitation Academy.

His son Angelo is currently a member of the men’s tennis team at Kenyon College. 

Vidal holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Florida International University and a master of science in sports management from St. Thomas University (Fla). Prior to competing for Broward College (Fla.), he was an ETA nationally ranked junior tennis player.

A USA High Performance Coach and USPTA Elite Tennis-Teaching Professional, Vidal resides in St. Louis with his wife Lisette and three sons: Angelo, Manny and Alex.

Vidal Highlights

  • Six-time NCAA Division I conference championship tennis coach at Boise State, Colgate, and Mississippi State
  • Four NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Voted Patriot League Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year (Colgate)
  • Chosen by International Management Group (IMG) to serve as Technical Advisor for Venus and Serena Williams’ book, “How to Play Tennis” (DK Publishing)
  • Recognized as “one of America’s top coaches” by Dick Gould, legendary coach at Stanford
  • Author of four peak performance books, including “Play Smart to Win: Better Tactics Lead to Better Results” and “Execute to Win: How Leaders Get Results”
  • Successfully coached hundreds of ITA All-Americans and nationally-ranked junior tennis players

Updated January 1, 2019