Kyle Spencer enters his third year as Baylor's Assistant Director of Tennis. Spencer replaced Sam Winterbotham, who was named head men's tennis coach at the University of Tennessee in 2006.
Spencer provides a wealth of experience to the Baylor tennis program having played at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels and coaching in both the collegiate and professional ranks.
This past summer, Spencer coached the 2008 USTA Summer Collegiate Team, an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players that began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA. It is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the summer months. In his two years at Baylor, Spencer helped coach the Bears to the NCAA Final Four, an Elite Eight, two Big 12 Conference championships and two Big 12 Tournament championships. In 2007 Spencer received the ITA South Central Region Assistant Coach of The Year award. In addition, Spencer has helped develop two All-Americans, Lars Poerschke and Denes Lukacs, and Michal Kokta who earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Spencer also has an extensive pro coaching resume on the ATP Tour. Among his former pupils is Robert Kendrick, who while being coached by Spencer, made the second highest yearly jump on the ATP Tour World Rankings for 2006. Kendrick skyrocketed from No. 375 to No. 73 in the world rankings in just 10 months. Spencer also coached ATP doubles player Ashley Fisher to a ranking of No. 24 in the world. Under Spencer's tutelage, Fisher and his partner Tripp Phillips advanced to the semi-finals of the 2005 U.S. Open.
Spencer has been successful in every aspect of his playing and coaching careers. As a junior, Spencer won the International Grass Court Championship in the B18's. In doubles, he was a national champion in both the B16's and 18's Indoors, and made the final of the B18's national championship at Kalamazoo, Mich., in the Boys 18's doubles. He finished that year as the No. 1 ranked doubles player by the USTA in the B18's. Spencer was rewarded by being selected to participate in the 1995 US Open Junior Event.
He went on to enjoy a four-year career at USC from 1995-98. While at USC, Spencer and his partner George Bastl were named the 1997 ITA National Doubles Team of the Year, after reaching the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, and finishing the year as the nation's No. 1 ranked doubles team. While at USC, the Trojans twice made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship and was earned All-American honors. Spencer, a Pac-10 All-Academic selection, graduated from USC in 1999 with a degree in International Relations.
After graduating from USC Spencer went on to have a successful career on the ATP Tour. He won seven pro titles from 16 finals. He reached a career high of No. 126 on the ATP Tour in doubles. During his time on the ATP Tour, Spencer played in over 40 countries on six continents. Highlighting his time on the Tour were three appearances in the main draw of Wimbledon.
Spencer's greatest accomplishment was representing his native Great Britain in doubles with partner Barry Cowan in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Upon retiring from the ATP Tour, Spencer served as assistant coach at USC for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. While at USC, he coached the Trojans to the NCAA Final Four in 2004 where they were eliminated by the Baylor Bears.
Spencer lives in Waco and recently married Kacie Arnold on Nov. 14, 2008.