Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
K.J. Hippensteel joined the Duke coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in June, 2008 and is now in his fourth season with the program.
Hippensteel assists the coaching staff while attending the Duke Medical School. He played professionally on the ATP Tour for three years after graduating from Stanford in 2002. He participated in the 2004 U.S. Open singles main draw and the U.S. Open doubles main draw in 1998 and 1999. He was ranked as high as No. 150 in singles and No. 210 in doubles in the ATP World Rankings. He won five singles titles and seven doubles titles from 2002-04 but would be unable to compete the next three years due to injuries. In 2005-06 he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
A four-time All-America at Stanford, Hippensteel had a decorated college career. He led the Cardinals to the 2000 NCAA National Championship. He also won the NCAA Doubles Championship in 1999 with partner Ryan Wolters. He made the NCAA singles semifinals in 2000 while winning the title at the ITA All-American tournament in 1999 and 2002. He was ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles as a sophomore and senior. He was the 2002 PAC-10 Player of the Year in singles and the 2001 PAC-10 doubles team of the year with Alex Kim after winning the conference doubles championship.
A native of Roanoke, Va., Hippensteel graduated from Stanford with a bachelor of arts degree in human biology. He was a two-time Academic All-America. He currently resides in Durham.