Armando Espinosa is in his 10th season at Iowa State and his ninth as head coach of the Cyclone tennis team. In 2008-09, Espinosa served as the interim head coach and was promoted to head coach at the conclusion of the season.
Espinosa has tutored many of the top players in Iowa State history, with five of the top-10 Cyclones in career wins having played for the Mexico City, Mexico native. He has coached two of the three players in school history that have earned All-Big 12 honors as well.
Most recently, Liza Buss earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors and a spot on the All-Freshman team in 2016. She matched the school record with 26 doubles wins while teaming largely with Samantha Budai, who ranks seventh in ISU history with 110 wins heading into her senior season. The Cyclones' top two doubles teams posted 20-win seasons, ranking each player among in the single-season doubles top-10 for wins.
The 2015-16 Cyclones had one of the best seasons in school history, finishing 14-10 overall to post the first winning season in school history in 29 seasons.
Under Espinosa's leadership, the Cyclones have snapped a number of long streaks.
In his first season, Espinosa immediately upgraded the program. He coached the Cyclones to their first Big 12 Conference dual meet win in seven seasons and followed that with a pair of wins in 2009-10. The Cyclones have won four conference road matches under Espinosa since 2009-10 after not winning one in the previous 11 seasons.
In 2011-12, Espinosa led the Cyclones past Kansas for the first time in 30 years by the largest win margin of a conference match in school history under the seven-point scoring system, which was adopted in 2001.
He has led the Cyclones to a school-record four consecutive wins against West Virgina since the Mountaineers joined the league in 2013.
Espinosa also coached Erin Karonis to a number of honors and an outstanding career as ISU's No. 1 singles player. In 2008-09, Karonis became the first Cyclone in ISU tennis history to be named the Big 12 Player of the Week, after earning wins over Colorado and Missouri in the final week of the regular season. She also was named to the All-Big 12 First Team.
Meaghan Cassens, who graduated in 2015, finished with the third most overall wins in school history (133). Cassens has the second most career singles wins (74) under the direction of Espinosa.
Maria Fernanda Macedo (109) and Marie-Christine Chartier (102) moved into the top-10 in 2011-12. Chartier is fourth in career singles wins with 62, while Macedo ranks seventh with 60 solo wins in her career.
Liza Wischer (101) and Karonis (100) are 12th and 13th, respectively, at Iowa State in total wins. Karonis broke the school record for most career conference singles wins with 15, while Wischer was second with 14 solo victories.
Espinosa's teams have also set high standards in the classroom. Thirty-one different times, Iowa State student-athletes have earned academic All-Big 12 recognition under the direction of Espinosa.
Espinosa spent his first season at Iowa State serving as an assistant coach to Michele Conlon. He was promoted to associate head coach in July of 2007, before taking over as the interim head coach shortly after.
He came to Ames after serving most recently as the assistant coach at the University of Oregon during the 2005-06 season.
Prior to his time at Oregon, Espinosa served as the assistant coach at Marquette from 2003 to 2005, and Wichita State during the 2002-03 season. While at Wichita State, Espinosa helped lead the team to a 2003 Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Espinosa also served as the volunteer assistant at Arizona State in 2000.
During his collegiate career at Drury University, Espinosa played number one and three singles and number one doubles. During his senior campaign, Espinosa was ranked second in the nation. He was a two-year Division II NCAA All-American and a two-year Academic All-American.
Espinosa and his wife, Jodi, were married in 2012 and reside in Polk City. They have a daughter, Harper.