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)
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
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