In 2005, Auburn University set out to make its men's and women's tennis teams two of the best programs in the country, starting with a state-of-the-art facility.
Head Mens Tennis Coach
Possessing tremendous experience in professional and collegiate tennis, Bobby Reynolds has been named head men’s tennis coach at Auburn University, athletics director Jay Jacobs announced today.
“It’s exciting that someone of Coach Reynolds’ extensive professional experience and network of contacts throughout all levels of tennis wants to join the Auburn family,” Jacobs said. “Those relationships and the experiences he can share with our student-athletes will have a great impact as they chase their dreams and pursue their careers.”
“I’d like to thank Jay Jacobs, Bernard Hill and everyone at Auburn for giving me this opportunity to be a head coach, close to my home in Atlanta and back in the SEC where I played,” Reynolds said. “I also want to thank John Roddick and the University of Oklahoma for giving me the chance to fulfill a dream and get back into college tennis from the coaching side.
Head Womens Tennis Coach
Lauren Spencer is in her seventh season at the helm of the Auburn women’s tennis program after being named head coach on Oct. 6, 2011.
Spencer, the all-time winningest coach in school history, surpassed 200 career wins and 100 wins at Auburn in 2017 and now holds a 214-95 overall record (109-66 at Auburn).
Spencer was named the ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive year in 2017 after leading the Tigers to a program-record 25 wins and a second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships Round of 16. The Tigers finished the season ranked 14th with a final record of 25-11 (5-8 SEC). Three Tigers were selected All-SEC – Alizee Michaud (First Team), Andie Dikosavlejevic (Second Team) and Taylor Russo (Freshman).
Associate Head Womens Tennis Coach
Chris Hooshyar is in his fifth season at Auburn. He was named Associate Head Coach on July 7, 2016. A noted recruiter, Hooshyar has been instrumental in bringing some of the top talent in the world to Auburn.
In Hooshyar’s fourth season at Auburn and first season as Associate Head Coach, he helped lead the Tigers to a 25-11 record and their second-straight appearance at the NCAA Sweet 16. Three Tigers were named All-SEC – Alizee Michaud (First Team), Andie Dikosavljevic (Second Team) and Taylor Russo (Freshman) – while Michaud and Dikosavljevic advanced to the Round of 64 in the NCAA Championship Singles Competition. Michaud and Russo advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA Championship Doubles Competition.
In his third season at Auburn, the assistant from Manchester, England, helped lead the Tigers to many program firsts. Finishing the season 24-8 (9-4 SEC), Auburn set program records for single season wins and single season SEC wins. The Tigers also hosted a NCAA Regional for the first time in program history.
Assistant Mens Tennis Coach
Finnegan has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience at three Division 1 universities. He was camp director for UNF Wilson summer camps from 2013-17.
Finnegan comes to Auburn from the University of North Florida, where he was head coach of the men’s program for the past four seasons, posting a 56-36 record while winning the Atlantic Sun tournament or regular season title three of his four seasons and garnering the highest ITA team rankings in the program’s history.
Before his time at North Florida, Finnegan spent five years at Memphis, helping his alma mater become one of the Top 20 teams in the nation. He was an assistant coach at Memphis for his first four years (2009-12) before being elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2013 season. Twice part of the C-USA coaching staff of the year, Finnegan was named ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and also received votes for ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013.
Finnegan also worked with the Memphis tiger women’s tennis program where he took them to here first ever NCAA tournament appearance and top 20 national ranking.