DURHAM, N.C. - Duke men’s tennis coach Ramsey Smith has announced the addition of Kyle Spencer to the coaching staff. Spencer comes to Duke following a successful three-year coaching stint as the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Maryland.
"I feel incredibly fortunate for this opportunity to welcome Kyle Spencer to our Duke program,” Smith said. “Kyle's achievements as a player and coach speak for themselves, and in my mind he has been one of the most impressive head coaches in the ACC since joining the conference. Kyle brings a wealth of tennis knowledge and experience, and I know he will have an immediate impact here at Duke.”
The former Maryland head coach was voted the 2012 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year following the 2011-12 campaign. He was the first Maryland men’s tennis coach to win the award.
In 2011-12, Spencer guided senior Maros Horny and freshman Vlad Stefan to All-ACC honors, the first such honors for the Terps since 2002. Spencer led Maryland to the program’s first-ever defeat over Miami and the first win against North Carolina since 1992.
In 2010-11, Spencer guided the Terps’ program to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. They finished the season listed 39th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings.
In 2009-10, Spencer led Maryland to its best start to a season since 1986, despite having a relatively young roster. The squad climbed as high as No. 62 in the ITA team rankings in Spencer’s first year as head coach.
Prior to coaching at Maryland, Spencer served as an assistant director of tennis at Baylor where he was named the 2009 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year. The Bears finished in the top-10 in each of the three seasons Spencer was on the coaching staff.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Spencer had a successful collegiate career at USC, where he received All-American and Academic All-Pac-10 accolades before graduating in 1998.
The Trojans made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship twice during his four-year career, and he was a member of the No. 1-ranked doubles tandem in the country.
Spencer represented his native Great Britain in doubles with partner Barry Cowan at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Throughout his pro career on the ATP Tour, Spencer won seven pro titles and reached as high as No. 126 in doubles.
Following his pro career, Spencer returned to his alma mater and served as an assistant for two years (2004-05).
"I am ecstatic and honored to be joining the coaching staff at Duke,” Spencer said. “The Duke University tennis program is synonymous with excellence, and I have the utmost respect and admiration for what the program here at Duke represents. Duke's tennis program sits at the highest echelon of collegiate tennis, and I look forward to the everyday process of helping this program win a championship.”