AUSTIN – St. Edward’s University Athletic Director Debbie Taylor announced the hiring of Kendall Brooks as Head Women’s Tennis Coach on Thursday. Brooks comes to St. Edward’s after serving as the Director of Junior Development and Academy Coach at the Austin Tennis Academy for the past seven years.
While at the Austin Tennis Academy, Brooks was also the coordinator for the Junior Tennis Team and the director of all women’s programs. As the junior coach, she led the 18 and under team to national titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. She also led the 14 and under team to a national championship in 2012. During her time, Brooks was named the Capitol Area Tennis Association Pro of the Year in 2010, as well as United States Tennis Professional Association’s Texas Section Touring and National Touring Coach of the Year in 2011. Brooks was also the Team Texas coach for the United States Tennis Association Boys and Girls 14’s Zone Team Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Before the Austin Tennis Academy, the Corpus Christi, Texas, native, served as assistant coach for Texas Tech during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The Red Raiders were nationally ranked in both seasons and finished with a combined 24-21 record.
“I have always wanted to get back into college coaching,” Brooks said. “My dream has always been to be a college head coach. This position gave me the opportunity to fulfill that dream, while also staying at home in Austin. I love the team atmosphere. Competing and winning as a team is really what gets me motivated, as a player and as a coach.”
Brooks was also a four-year letterwinner for Texas Tech where she compiled a career singles record of 61-58 and a doubles mark of 41-17, playing primarily at the number two and one positions, respectively, for the Red Raiders. Brooks still holds the school’s career record for winning percentage in doubles play. Her sophomore season, she was the Big XII Conference winner at her positions in both singles and doubles. She was named preseason all-Big XII before her junior season and was team captain her junior and senior seasons. Brooks graduated from Texas Tech in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in Exercise and Sports Science, with a minor in English and Spanish.
Brooks, the fourth coach in school history, takes over a Hilltopper squad that was 11-8 last season and finished the year ranked #31 in the Final ITA National Poll. The team made it to the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship before falling to #23 St. Mary’s.
“My goal is to bring St. Edward’s to the top of the Heartland Conference, and within a few years be competing with the top DII schools in the country, while putting ourselves in position to play postseason tennis each year,” Brooks said. “I hope to do so by bringing in some of the Texas talent that I have been watching grow for all these years.”
As a member of NCAA Division II and the Heartland Conference, St. Edward’s University, has captured 49 conference titles, advanced to the NCAA Tournament 63 times and has produced 50 All-Americans and 45 Academic All-Americans since 1999.