Kyle Spencer, Baylor’s assistant director of tennis and the reigning national assistant coach of the year, has been hired to lead the University of Maryland men’s tennis program the school announced today.
Spencer, who has also coached at the professional level and played in the Olympics, spent the last three seasons at Baylor and during that time the Bears finished among the top 10 nationally each year. Baylor also captured both the Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament titles each of those seasons.
Spencer, who coached under three-time National Coach of the Year Matt Knoll, had a hand in grooming Baylor All-Americans Lars Poerschke and Denes Lukacs over the last three years.
“From the first time I spoke with the people at Maryland I knew Kyle was a perfect match for their program. They were seeking someone with unquestioned integrity, phenomenal work ethic and enormous passion for college tennis. He exhibited those qualities every single day at Baylor. I couldn’t be happier for him and his wife Kacie as they begin this new chapter in their lives. We wish them every possible success,” said Knoll.
Spencer joins a long line of assistants under Knoll who have gone on to become head coaches at the NCAA Division I level:
ACC – Kyle Spencer, head coach at Maryland
Big 12 – Sam Winterbotham, former head coach at Colorado
Big East – Ryan Sachire, associate head coach at Notre Dame
MAC – Pawel Gajdzik, head coach at Northern Illinois
Pac 10 – Kevin Kowalik, former head coach at Oregon
SEC – Sam Winterbotham, head coach at Tennessee