Nov. 19, 2006
WACO, Texas -
Kyle Spencer, a former USC tennis All-American, joins the Baylor men's tennis program as Assistant Director of Tennis, head coach Matt Knoll announced today. Spencer replaces Sam Winterbotham who was recently named head men's tennis coach at the University of Tennessee.
Spencer brings a wealth of experience to the Bear tennis program having played at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels and also as a coach in collegiate and the professional ranks.
As young player, Spencer was ranked No. 1 in the USA in doubles for Boys 18's. He went on to enjoy a four year career at USC from 1995-98. While at USC he earned All-Pac-10 first team honors and also earned All-American status in doubles in 1997.
Spencer and his partner Barry Cowan, representing Great Britain, teamed up in doubles in the 2000 Sydney Olympics where they lost to Russia's Kafelnikov/Safin. In addition, Spencer has played in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open several times.
Spencer is familiar with the Baylor tennis program. He served as an assistant coach at USC during the 2004 and `05 seasons, helping coach them to a NCAA semifinal finish in 2004 where they were eliminated by Baylor.
He has spent the past two years coaching on the ATP tour. Among his students were Robert Kendrick, who ranked among the top 125 in singles and top 100 pro Cecil Mamiit. He also coached ATP doubles player Ashley Fisher to a ranking of 24, he and his partner Tripp Phillips advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open.
Spencer will begin his duties at Baylor on Monday, Nov. 20.