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Kyle Spencer enters his first season as a strategic development volunteer assistant coach for the Duke men’s tennis team following a successful three-year coaching stint as the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Maryland.
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 head 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.
In 2010-11, Spencer guided the Terps’ to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history with a final record of 13-13. 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 a relatively having a young roster. The Terps ended the season with a 13-13 dual record and reached as high as No. 62 in the ITA rankings.
Prior to coaching at Maryland, Spencer served as an assistant director of tennis for the Baylor Bears where he won 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.
In addition, Spencer has coached on the ATP Tour, where one of his students, Robert Kendrick, made the second-highest jump on the tour for the 2006 season, jumping from No. 375 to 73 in a 10 month period.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Spencer had a successful collegiate career at USC, where he received All-American and Academic All-Pac-10 honors before graduating in 1998.
The Trojans made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship twice during his four-year career, and he was also 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).