Carlos Vargas will enter his first season of head coaching at NM State as he takes over the men's tennis program after the retirement of former head coach Don Ball.
Vargas spent the previous 18 seasons as an assistant coach for the NM State tennis programs. Vargas dedicated his time towards assiting former head coach Don Ball with the men's tennis team.
Vargas guided the Aggies to breakthrough season in 2009, one in which they got back into the national rankings for the first time since 2004. NM State spent a total of six weeks in the ITA polls and was ranked as high as No. 64 on March 17, the seventh highest ranking in program history. In recognition of NM State’s success in 2009, Vargas was named the 2009 ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Working primarily with the men’s team during his coaching tenure, Vargas has coached 12 different singles players to all-conference accolades and nine of his doubles teams have received all-league honors.
This past season, Jim Brouleau was named second team all-WAC and Roman Stoisavljevic and Eduardo Salas were named to the first team in doubles. Gustave Diep earned second team all-WAC recognition in 2007 and 2008 and was named the ITA Mountain Region of the Year in 2007. Diep is also a two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VI selection under Vargas’ tutelage and he became the programs first academic all-American in 2009, as he was named to the ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-America second team.
Finishing the 2009 spring dual match season with a 13-11 record, Vargas led the Aggies to 10 or more victories for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons. New Mexico State advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 WAC Championships for the third time in four years and on Feb. 7, the Aggies defeated their first ranked opponent (No. 72 UNLV) since 2004.
In the 1999 season, Vargas led the Aggies to a program record 17 dual match victories and was named the Region Seven Assistant Coach of the Year.
Vargas has twice led the Aggies into the NCAA Tournament, first in 1997 and again in 2000.
In addition to his coaching duties, Vargas also serves as an instructor in the NM State School of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and he gives lessons to Las Cruces area tennis players at the NM State Tennis Center.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Vargas came to the United States in 1980 to play tennis at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M. As a sophomore at NMMI, he was named the Broncos’ Most Valuable Player when he played at the No. 3 singles position.
After two years with the Broncos, Vargas accepted a scholarship at Arkansas State. There he played both No. 1 singles and doubles for two seasons. He graduated from Arkansas State in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Vargas resides in Las Cruces and has two sons, Emilio and Estefano.