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.
“I know how passionate the Auburn family is about all its teams, and I know we can succeed, thrive and do great things in tennis here. I’m looking forward to working with the members of the team and drawing from all my experiences to put my stamp on the program and its development.”
Assistant Mens 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. As a result of these accomplishments, Hooshyar was named the 2016 National ITA Assistant of the Year.
After taking over the team’s fitness for the 2015-16 season, Hooshyar worked to build one of the most physically fit teams in the SEC. Finishing 25-28 in matches that reached the third set in the 2015 season, the Tigers went 38-20 in the same scenario last year.