BSU tennis assistant hired at Utah State

BSU tennis assistant hired at Utah State »Play Video
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI-TV) - Clancy Shields will take over the Utah State men's tennis program after eight years as a player and assistant coach at Boise State.

Utah State announced the hiring Thursday, which Shields said had been finalized for about a week.

"My buddy down there told me about [the job]," Shields told KBOI-TV. "I put my name forward not thinking it was something for me, and I started looking at it a little harder and it became more and more a reality."

Shields not only leaves his alma mater, but he also leaves head coach Greg Patton - who has been part of Shields' life since he was 12 years old.

"This isn't a job, this is a calling," Shields said when asked to name the most important thing he learned from Patton.

"His passion for coaching, and the job is second to none. That's what I want to take into Utah State."

Utah State joins the Mountain West in June 2013, and Shields will lead the Aggies against Boise State at least once a year starting next fall.

"That was one of my career goals, is to try and beat Patton. He said he's got five more years, so I've got five years to build a team and compete with them," Shields said.

"I've created a monster," Patton quipped from atop a ladder. He was fixing the wind barriers with Shields looking on from below.

"It's a sad day," Patton said. "I know I'm going to suffer - it's time to think about retirement," he joked.

Shields will remain with Boise State through the NCAA Tournament, which begins May 10 at Clemson.