A former player under head coach F.D. Robbins, Nick Coutts continues his connection with the Utah men's tennis program as a graduate assistant.
Coutts joined the Utes in 2002 after graduating from Claremont Secondary High School. As a freshman, he compiled a 17-14 singles record and a doubles mark of 13-14. Coutts was also selected for the all-MWC doubles team that year. As a sophomore, he played primarily at No. 3 and 4 singles to register a 9-10 record. After missing most of the season due to a knee surgery in 2003, Coutts came back to play doubles in the spring of 2004 and recorded a dominant 8-1 record.
During his junior season (2004-05), Coutts was named team captain. He had a second knee surgery and had to sit out the fall season, but came back to post the team's best singles record of 15-4. As senior and team captain for the second year in a row, Coutts led the Utes to a No. 61 national ranking and a 15-10 season record. He played primarily at No. 3 singles and compiled a 14-7 dual record. In doubles play he logged an 18-5 mark. Coutts finished the season with a doubles ranking of No. 35, but climbed as high as No. 15 during the season with partner Zach Ganger. The duo advanced into the 2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. He ended his collegiate career at the U. with a 55-35 overall singles record and 49-27 doubles record.
Coutts was voted once as the team's MVP and twice as the team's Most Inspirational Player. His never-say-die attitude and legendary competitiveness are honored annually with the "Nick Coutts Hard Cap Award" that is presented to the team member with the best fighting spirit. sports science.