Ignacio Hirigoyen enters his fifth year in working with the SMU men's tennis team and is no stranger to the Hilltop as he was an All-American selection for the Mustangs as a player. In his four seasons with SMU, Hirigoyen has helped guide the teams to three NCAA Championship appearances and appearances in the championship matches of the WAC Tournament and Conference USA tournament.
In 2005-06, he helped lead the squad to SMU's 10th consecutive appearance at NCAAs. In that decade of post-season play, Hirigoyen has been involved in six of them, three as a player (1997-99) and three as a coach (2004-06). The 2005-06 campaign marked the 20th time in Mustang history that SMU earned a post-season berth. The Mustangs' decade-long streak ranks 17th overall in consecutive appearances by all teams in the NCAA.
A four-year letterwinner for SMU from 1996-99, Hirigoyen was an All-America selection his senior year when he set the school's all-time mark for singles wins in a season with 34. After graduating from SMU in 1999, Hirigoyen embarked on a professional tennis tour that ran through 2003. In 2001, Hirigoyen enjoyed his best year on the professional circuit, gaining his highest career ranking of 221 in singles.
During his time in the professional ranks, Hirigoyen played in qualifications for Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the U.S. Open. In 2003, Hirigoyen defeated Germany Davis Cup member and two-time Olympic participant David Prinosil in Wimbledon qualifications. Hirigoyen was also a player representative on the Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) Player Council for the year 2002.
Hirigoyen graduated from SMU in 1999 with a degree in finance and economics and is currently working on his law degree at the SMU Law School.