Glendale native Chris Tissot enters his third season at Glendale College. Coach Tennis was formerly the head coach for the Palomar College women's tennis team and assistant coach for the men's tennis program at Glendale College.
During his second season after taking over the program from legendary head coach Bob Mackay, Head coach Chris Tissot won the Western State Conference title for the men’s team in 2019. Going 8-0 in league and 14-5 in season, coach Tissot lead to the Vaqueros to some of the best results since 2014. Coach Tissot was also Western State Conference Coach of the year and Glendale racked up the most WSC awards with 4 singles players awarded 1st team, 2 singles players 2nd team, 1 doubles team 1st team, 2 doubles teams 2nd team and Mark Peneff WSC player of the year. The Vaqueros would also go on to win the singles conference title with Mark Peneff, and runner up in doubles with Mark Peneff and Nicholas Pupiec.
As head coach for the women's tennis program at Palomar College, coach Tissot was brought in to rebuild the women's tennis program after the program's collapse in 2016. With only 2 months to bring together a team coach Tissot was able to put together a team and finish with some of the best conference results. First year results at Palomar were strong: the team would qualify 3 singles and 1 doubles team to the regional and state tournament. In the regional/state tournament, we would finish in the top 16 for singles and top 16 for doubles and finished with the best results in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. For the final rankings, Palomar's Veronika Kremennaya would finish 12th in singles and Kremennaya/Nishijima would finish 18th in doubles.
As assistant to head coach Glendale Community College head coach Bob Mackay, Tissot helped lead the Vaqueros to their first Ojai singles and doubles title under All American Alex Sarkissian in 2011 and state singles title. In addition, in 2014 the Vaqueros won their first conference since 2005. Tissot has also helped lead the Vaqueros to playoffs in 2011, 2013 and 2014. The men's tennis team has also consistently had the highest team completive GPA in the school and in 2015 Cameron Braun was awarded the Glendale College Scholar Athlete award.
Previously, Tissot also served as an assistant at Cal Tech University in 2011 coaching men and women. In 2012 Tissot was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for Region 1 and the ITA National Coach of the Year.
Coach Tissot is a graduate from Glendale Community College and played two years of college tennis under Bob Mackay's first years as head coach from 2003-2004. During his second year, Tissot helped lead the Vaqueros to their first playoff appearance under head coach Bob Mackay in 2004, losing to state champions College of the Desert. Coach Tissot continued his education graduating at California State Northridge 2007 and his Master’s from Azusa Pacific University in Physical Education 2013.
Coach Tissot is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, (CSCS), through the NSCA and has been involved with strength and conditioning of athletes for over 6 years. In 2014 Dat Le won the NSCA All American Strength and Conditioning award and recorded the 5th fastest pro-agility time out of all athletes in all sports and schools with a time of 4.09 seconds. In 2015 Rondie Latham won the NSCA All American Strength and Conditioning award and vertical jump of 36 inches.