Tim Siegel, the man who's been at the helm of the Texas Tech men's tennis program for 23 years, announced his retirement on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

"This decision will allow me to spend more time with my family," Siegel said in a statement. "I look forward to pursuing coaching and teaching here in Lubbock. These past 23 years have been incredible. I want to thank all of my former and current players, and all of the great people I have worked with at Tech. I love Texas Tech with all my heart, and will continue to be the biggest supporter of this great University. Guns up!”

“We appreciate Tim’s years of service at Texas Tech,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “He leaves behind a successful program that earned two consecutive NCAA Championship berths, along with nine NCAA appearances in the previous 11 years.”

In a storied 23 year reign as Texas Tech’s head men’s tennis coach, Siegel and the Red Raiders had 12 total NCAA Championship appearances and posted a 330-244 overall dual meet record.

Texas Tech will immediately begin a national search for a new head coach. Texas Tech tennis Assistant Coach James Wilson has been appointed the interim head coach effective immediately.

[via Texas Tech]