Mike Shanks, the 2005 NWC Coach of the Year, is in his 18th season as men's tennis coach at Whitworth in 2016-17. Shanks also serves as Director of Programs for the Scotford Tennis Center, a position he took over in the fall of 2007.
Shanks has led the Pirates to the Northwest Conference tournament in eight of the 11 years since the league tournament was reduced from all conference teams to six, and then four. Whitworth finished 12-8 overall and 8-4 against NWC opponents in 2014.
Shanks is a former board member of the Spokane Junior Tennis Development Association and a former national verifier for the United States Tennis Association's USA League Tennis Program. During his playing career, Shanks was ranked as high as sixth in the men's 35 singles and #1 in the men's 35 doubles in the Pacific Northwest.