Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Doug Stanek
Doug Stanek is in his first season as the Mustangs’ head men’s tennis coach.
Stanek, a lifelong Sioux City resident, started playing tennis in the mid 1980’s and developed into a high-level tournament player by winning over 20 singles and doubles titles in Open and A level events throughout the Siouxland area. One of Stanek’s top tournament victories came in 1988 when he defeated club professional Dick Hahn in the finals to win the Open division championship of the Sioux City MidTown Athletic Club Clay Court Tournament. Stanek won a MVTA Sectional singles championship in Omaha in 1989 and has won multiple open level doubles titles.
Aside from his passion for tennis, Stanek is an avid bowler who was inducted into the Greater Siouxland Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame after rolling nine perfect games and four 800 series throughout his career.
He is the father of former Morningside women’s tennis standout Cassie Stanek, a 2017 graduate who was a three-time All-GPAC performer and the Mustangs’ all-time leader with 102 career singles and doubles victories.
Stanek has held several positions during a 35-year career at Gelita USA, most recently as an IT Systems Administrator.
Assistant Coach Nabil Sorathia
Nabil Sorathia, a 2008 Morningside graduate, had been on the Mustangs' coaching staff for the past five seasons. He served as the Mustangs' head men's tennis coach for the 2017-18 season.
Sorathia is also the director of tennis at Sioux City’s Four Seasons Health Club, where he was a certified tennis instructor since 2005 before he took over the tennis program in 2012.
Sorathia was previously a Morningside assistant coach in 2009. He served a three-year stint as the head women’s tennis coach at Briar Cliff University before he returned to Morningside as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.
Sorathia was one of the top players in the history of Morningside’s men’s tennis program during his competitive career, earning second-team All-GPAC honors as a freshman and first-team All-GPAC laurels in each of his final three seasons. He finished his career with a 27-15 record in singles and had a 27-16 record in doubles. His 54 combined victories in singles and doubles was the second highest total in Morningside history at the time of his graduation. Sorathia had a 7-1 singles record as a junior to set a Morningside record for winning percentage at .875.
He played his high school tennis at Sioux City North High School, where he was a four-year starter at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Sorathia had a 62-19 career singles record at North and twice placed in the top eight at the Class 2A state tournament.
Sorathia is a certified tennis instructor by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He has instructed and coached numerous regionally ranked juniors and high school state champions.
Assistant Coach Larry Mason
Larry "Mace" Mason, a 1973 graduate of Morningside and one of the most successful players in the history of the college's tennis program, is the assistant coach of the Mustangs' men's team and the head coach of the Morningside women's team. He was Morningside's head men's tennis coach from 2008-2017.
Mason guided the Mustangs' men's and women's teams to record-breaking success in the 2016-17 season when the men posted a 14-9 record and the women finished 15-4 to set school records for victories in a season.
He was named the 2016 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustangs to one of their greatest seasons in school history. Morningside posted a 13-3 record to set a school record with a .813 winning percentage and won GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships en route to its second appearance in the NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship in a three-year stretch.
Mason was also named the 2014 GPAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year when the Mustangs had a 12-5 record and won their first-ever GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championshps to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history.
Mason led the Mustangs to new heights during the 2011-12 season when both the men's and women's teams reached the championship round of the GPAC's post-season tournament for the first time in school history. Mason was named the 2012 GPAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year after he led the Mustangs to a 14-7 record and a runner-up finish in the GPAC regular season standings.
Mason played No. 1 singles all four years of his Morningside career. He compiled a 32-16 record in singles to set a school record for singled victories. Mason had a 27-18 record in doubles and 59 combined victories to set school records in both categories. He posted singles records of 9-4 as a junior and 9-5 as a senior. Mason and Russ McComsey teamed up for an 11-2 doubles record in 1973 to set a school record for doubles victories in a season.
After his graduation, Mason was the head tennis coach at Morningside for the 1974, 1975, and 1976 seasons.
Mason became head boy's tennis coach at Sioux City North High School in 1977. Over the next 21 years he guided the Stars to a 192-58 record in dual meets. His teams won 19 city championships and nine conference championships. He coached 69 state meet qualifiers and 18 state meet placewinners, including former Mustang coach Mike Inman, who became Sioux City's first state singles champion in 1979. In state team competition, Mason guided North to 13 substate berths, four appearances in the state semifinals, and to a state runner-up finish in 1993. He had a 20-8 record in three seasons as North's head girl's tennis coach.
In 1999 he was certified as Professional 1 (the highest certification) by the United States Professional Tennis Association
Mason received the M-Club Coach of the Year award in 1979 and was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1983.
He played his high school tennis at Sioux City Central, where his coach was M-Club Hall of Famer Herrold Asmussen.