Chris Milliron has built on the rich tradition of ORU tennis since taking over the reigns of both the men’s and women’s programs prior to the 2005 season. Milliron has led the Golden Eagles to a total of seven Summit League Tournament titles and is a four-time recipient of The Summit League Coach of the Year award.
In his first three seasons at the helm of the men’s program, the Golden Eagles went a perfect 17-0 in regular-season conference play, claiming three regular-season titles and two tournament crowns. In Milliron’s inaugural season with the men, the Golden Eagles went 6-0 in regular-season conference action and defeated Valparaiso in the tournament title match en route to a NCAA Tournament berth. ORU’s Wessel Kemp was named the Summit League Player of the Year, while Milliron earned the first of his four coach of the year honors.
Two seasons later, The Golden Eagles posted a perfect 5-0 record in regular-season league play and avenged the previous season’s title-match loss against Western Illinois. ORU repeated during the 2008 season, again topping the Leathernecks for its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Oleksandr Kotsuik was named the Summit League Player and Newcomer of the Year, while Milliron repeated as coach of the year.
In 2009, the Golden Eagles clinched another regular-season league title with a perfect 6-0 mark, while Kotsuik claimed his second player of the year honor. The Golden Eagles were upset by UMKC in the tournament final, but avenged the loss with a 4-1 victory over the Kangaroos a year later in the 2010 Summit League title match.
2011 featured a 4-2 confernce mark and yet another Summit tournament appearance for the Golden Eagles, who eventually stumbled to UMKC in the tournament opener.
In his seven seasons at the helm of the men's program, Milliron has put together a stellar 36-5 (.878) mark in regular-season conference matches, while going 8-3 in the tournament.
During his first two years in charge of the women’s team, the Golden Eagles went 11-5 during the Summit League regular season, but have put together a 29-2 mark in regular-season action over the last four seasons.
Milliron claimed his first Summit League Coach of the Year honor on the women’s side during the 2007 season when the Golden Eagles claimed both the regular season and tournament titles. Emily Arkell was named the Summit League Player of the Year, while Paige McKinney earned the top newcomer award.
The Golden Eagles would repeat during the 2008 season, going a perfect 8-0 during the regular season, while blanking Southern Utah in the title match for their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
ORU claimed its third-consecutive Summit League title in 2009, upsetting top-seeded IPFW by a score of 4-3. The Golden Eagles went 7-1 in the regular season, with the lone loss coming to the Mastodons.
With just two starters returning for the 2010 season, the Golden Eagles exceeded expectations by going 7-1 in regular-season play and falling just short of an upset against IPFW in the title match. Lina Semenova became the second women’s tennis player under Milliron to be named The Summit League Newcomer of the Year.
2011 featured yet another postseason appearance for ORU, who went 4-4 in the regular season, before stumbling in round one of the conference tournament to IPFW.
Overall, the Golden Eagles have put together a regular-season record of 44-11 (.800) under the direction of Milliron. The women’s team has gone 6-3 in tournament play for a total mark of 46-10 (.821).
Milliron has amassed an overall Summit League record of 94-20 (.824) with the two programs, earning seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and producing four players of the year and three newcomers of the year. There have also been 29 all-conference selections under the tutelage of Milliron.
Milliron came to ORU after serving two seasons as assistant coach at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys went to consecutive NCAA Tournaments and Milliron was named the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2004.
Prior to coaching at OSU, Milliron served as Head Professional at the Tulsa Southern Racquet Club from 1999-2002. Milliron was also the Director of Junior Development from 1996-1999.
Milliron played collegiately for two seasons at the University of Tulsa, serving as the No. 1 singles player. The Edmond, Okla., native was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Milliron earned his Bachelor’s Degree in organizational communications from TU in 1996.
Milliron resides in Tulsa with his wife, Ingrid.