Jose Luis Reyes is one of four members of the men’s tennis
team to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of
Reyes was a member of the men’s tennis team from 2001-05. He also helped coach the team while finishing his degree after completing his playing eligibility.
As a player, Reyes was simply outstanding. Despite suffering a torn ACL as a sophomore, he still turned in an epic career, one punctuated with four straight trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament and an appearance in the 2004 Nationals. He primarily played No. 1 singles and doubles throughout his four-year career.
Reyes began his stint as a Rifle with the intention of playing at the University for two seasons and transferring to Georgia Tech to play tennis and earn a degree in engineering. However, the torn ACL he suffered during his sophomore season forced him to change his plans and he remained in Spartanburg for the duration of his collegiate career, much to the good fortune of head coaches Tami Matheny (2002-03), Josh Hausman (2004) and Alessandro De Marzo (2005).
Reyes currently ranks fifth all-time with 63 doubles wins, 14th all-time with 45 singles victories and sixth all-time with 108 combined wins.
Reyes was a two-time All-Conference selection in the Peach Belt Conference in 2003 and 2005 and earned All-America honors in 2003 after finishing the year ranked No. 20 in the nation in singles. His leadership was unparalleled, leading the team to a four-year combined record of 67-20 overall and 25-5 in the Peach Belt. The 2003 and 2005 squads were co-regular season champions in the Peach Belt. He led the team to the South Region semifinals in 2002, the South Region finals in 2003, the Mid-Atlantic Region championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Nationals in 2004 and the Mid-Atlantic Region finals in 2005.
In addition to his performance on the court, Reyes was a standout in the classroom and was a member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll.
After graduating from Upstate in 2007, he coached tennis at the Westside Club in Spartanburg before beginning work on a Master’s degree in Engineering at Clemson in 2010. After studying for a year, he returned to his native Chile to work for a GPS tracking and monitoring company. He has returned to Clemson to complete his degree and is expected to graduate this May.