Twenty-three years after graduating from Creighton University, former men’s tennis standout Rusty T. Komori remains the leader in all-time singles wins at 81. The Mililani, Hawaii native played his entire career in the top 2 singles positions at Creighton and played no lower than No. 2 doubles throughout his collegiate career. In a Power Rating system that awards more value to wins in singles and doubles at higher positions, Komori ranks No. 1 overall; No. 1 in singles and No. 8 in doubles at Creighton. He also holds the top two most wins in a season at the #2 singles position.
Komori showed his leadership as team captain in his final two seasons. Playing for Creighton from 1988 to 1991, he earned MVP honors in both 1989 and 1991.
After graduating from Creighton in 1991 with a degree in communications, Komori returned to Hawaii and began teaching tennis at Punahou School. His passion and talent for the sport was recognized when he was named head coach of the school’s boys’ varsity tennis team in 1994, a position he still holds. In the years since, he led his team to a national record of 20 consecutive Hawaii State Championship titles. He established a new national record for the most consecutive state championships in the history of the country in any sport. Twice he has been named the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) High School Coach of the Year, and twice was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches (NFHSC). In addition, he has been Coach of the Year for the ILH League multiple times.
Many of the graduates he has coached have gone on to NCAA Division I, II and III collegiate play and a few joined the professional ranks.