Jovan Parlic - Men's Tennis Coach (2024)

Jovan Parlic just finished his second season as head coach of the UIC men's tennis program. He was named head coach in June 2022.

In 2023-24 Parlic helped the Flames transition from the Southland Conference to the Mid-American Conference. UIC finished the season with a 10-11 record and won six matches at home, its most since the 2024 season. Under Parlic's guidance, the MAC named Randy Wilson to its second team, while the conference named Gustavo Schwebel to its Academic All-MAC Team. As well, Edoardo Bottino was named to the 2023-24 CSC Academic All-District Team.Of the court, Parlic's Flames excelled in the classroom, with the teamrecording a 3.54 GPA during the Spring 2024 semester, the highest by a UIC men's program.

In Parlic's first year leading the Flames, he posted a 9-14 record. Parlic took over the program in its inaugural year in the competitive Southland Conference, where UIC finished with a 3-2 record. During the 2022-23 season, Parlic coached Aleksa Bucan to the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year award and All-Conference First Team.

Parlic arrived in Chicago after serving the prior two seasons as assistant coach at the University of Arkansas. In addition to working with both the men’s and women’s teams at his alma mater, he was an assistant coach at Colorado, and an instructor at IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy. A native of Niš, Serbia, Parlic was a four-year letterwinner, two-year captain, and four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree as a Razorback student-athlete.

Parlic helped guide the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament in 2021, a season that featured signature wins against No. 3 Tennessee, No. 5 Baylor, and No. 12 Texas A&M. The victory over the third-ranked Volunteers is the highest-ranked win in Arkansas program history.

The Razorbacks were ranked as high as No. 26 during Parlic’s tenure and he helped to eight players earn ITA individual rankings, including 2022 All-SEC First Team honoree Alex Reco. Reco advanced to the round of 32 at the 2022 NCAA Individual Championship.

In the classroom, the men’s tennis team at Arkansas boasted the department’s highest team grade-point average in 2021 and 2022.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Parlic served as an assistant coach for the women’s tennis program at Colorado for two seasons from 2018-2020. In his first season at CU, he helped the Buffs set a program record for Pac-12 wins, including an upset over a top-30 opponent, Washington State.

Parlic spent the 2017-18 season at Arkansas as an assistant coach for the women’s team. He was instrumental in helping the Razorbacks reach the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, becoming the first team in conference history to make it that far as the 11th seed. That team also knocked off three top-20 squads during the campaign, including No. 7 South Carolina.

Before coaching at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida in 2016-17, Parlic began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach with the Arkansas men’s team for the 2015-16 campaign. He helped coach the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, and the No. 1 doubles pairing, leading all three to top-20 national rankings. As a team, the Razorbacks began that season unranked before finishing with 20 wins and ranked 12th in the country.

Parlic won 43 singles matches during his Razorback tennis career and earned his degree from Arkansas in pre-professional kinesiology.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT JOVAN PARLIC:

Michael Lipitz, Director of Athletics - UIC
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Parlic to our Flames Family. He is a talented coach, a relentless recruiter, and is committed to the development of his student-athletes on and off the court. He has a clear vision to elevate Flames men’s tennis and we look forward to the program and our student-athletes flourishing under his leadership.”

Andy Jackson, Former Men’s Tennis Head Coach – Arkansas
“Jovan has all the fundamental ingredients of a great head coach. He knows and loves the game. He is smart, hardworking and ambitious. He understands that recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. He has a great rapport with players and is extremely likable and very trustworthy. I’m grateful to have coached him and to have worked with him. I’m excited to follow his success!”

Audra Cohen, Women’s Tennis Head Coach – Oklahoma
“Jovan has played and coached at the highest level, and I know those experiences will immediately impact the men’s program at UIC. His resiliency and work ethic are amongst the best I have ever seen, and I am excited to watch him transform that program.”

Steve Denton, Men’s Tennis Head Coach – Texas A&M
“Good things happen to good people who put their head down and work extremely hard. I am very happy to hear Jovan has been given the opportunity to be your new head coach. I think he is a bright young star in our profession, and I know he will give his best and do a great job. Congratulations, Jovan!”

Mario Rincon, Men’s Tennis Coach Assistant – Louisville
“Congratulations to UIC for the hiring of Jovan Parlic. I have known Jovan since his junior days at tournaments in Florida. He always competed with class and determination. I am very proud of the man and coach he has become. He will lead his players by example of passion, hard work and integrity. I look forward to following Jovan and UIC tennis in the next years.”

Parlic's Career Record

SeasonConference
(including tournament)
Overall
2022-233-3 Southland9-14
Total3-39-14
Jovan Parlic - Men's Tennis Coach (2024)
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