Chris Brandi has been hired at Baylor as Assistant Director of Tennis, Director of Tennis Matt Knoll announced today. Brandi replaces Kyle Spencer who was recently named head men’s tennis coach at Maryland.
“Baylor tennis is proud to welcome Chris Brandi to our tennis family. He will be a tremendous addition to our program. I wasn’t able to convince him to join us after he visited Baylor as a high school prospect in 2001 so it’s gratifying that I was able to get him here as a coach in 2009. His pedigree in coaching is special as is his passion for the game and love for his players. He’ll make everyone here better this year,” said Knoll.
Brandi comes to Baylor from Wake Forest where he served as an assistant coach. In 2008, the Demon Deacons advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament round of 16. Brandi coached Cory Parr and Steve Forman to the ITA National Indoor Doubles championship in addition to serving as a coach for the USTA Collegiate Summer team.
Prior to his stint at Wake Forest, Brandi worked at the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he was a hitting partner for the USA Federation Cup’s tie against Belgium in Oostende, Belgium. Brandi has coached in both the junior and professional ranks. He worked with several great players including Elena Dementieva ranked No. 4 in the WTA and 2005 U.S. Open Junior Champion Ryan Sweeting.
Brandi graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2005 with a degree in business administration where he captained the Gator squad to regular season and tournament SEC championships. The Gators reached the NCAA’s Final Four in 2005 before losing to Baylor. Brandi earned doubles All-American status in 2004 and was an all-SEC singles selection in 2005. He was named to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2004 and 2005. “Chris can relate to our players because he has walked in their shoes. We ask our guys to compete on the court and in the classroom just as Chris did during his career,” said Knoll.
Brandi continues in the footsteps of his father, Andy, who enjoyed a highly successful coaching career as Florida’s women’s coach. He led the Gators to three NCAA championships (1992, 1996 & 1998).