Feb. 11, 2013
DALLAS, Texas (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs and men's tennis head coach Carl Neufeld have announced the hiring of Kyle Spencer, a former Olympian and All-American, as assistant coach. Spencer was the head men's tennis coach at Maryland from 2009-12, and won the 2009 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors as an assistant at Baylor.
"This is a great day for SMU tennis," Neufeld said. "To land the National Assistant of the Year and highly-touted young head coach to partner with me makes for an exciting time here on the Hilltop."
Spencer has eight years of coaching experience at some of the premier tennis programs in the nation. Spencer's first position was as the assistant men's coach at USC, where he helped guide the Trojans to the 2004 Final Four. Spencer then moved to Baylor before taking the head job at Maryland in 2009.
The Terrapins found success quickly under Spencer, going to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in his second season in 2010-11. Following the 2011-12 season, Spencer was voted the 2012 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, becoming the first Maryland coach to win the honor.
As a player, Spencer was an All-American and Academic All-Pac-12 honoree at USC, where he played from 1995-98 and was the last player recruited to the school while Neufeld was a Trojans assistant. In 1997, Spencer finished the season as the ITA No. 1-ranked doubles player in the country. On the ATP Tour, Spencer won seven pro titles and climbed as high as No. 126 in the world doubles rankings. Spencer also represented Great Britain in doubles with partner Barry Cowan at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
With such a strong and well-decorated tennis background, Neufeld is sure that Spencer will be a good fit at SMU.
"The standard of our program at SMU is to compete for national championships," Neufeld said. "Kyle has been part of a national championship team as a student athlete, been to two Final Fours as an assistant coach, and in three short years made school history with the program at Maryland. It's a great day for Mustangs tennis."
Spencer is excited about the opportunity to help guide the Mustangs.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work at such a prestigious university like SMU," Spencer said. "It is exciting for me that I get to work with Coach Neufeld, who is one of the most respected tennis minds in the country. I came to SMU to nurture student athletes and to win championships, and I'm sure our program will be very successful."
Kyle Spencer - Timeline
As a coach:
SMU - Assistant Coach 2013
Maryland - Head Coach 2009-12 - voted the 2012 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Baylor - Assistant Coach 2006-09 - won 2009 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year
USC - Assistant Coach 2004-06 - Reached 2004 Final Four
As a player:
2000 Olympics (Sydney, Australia) - Represented Great Britain in doubles with Barry Cowan
July 17, 2000 - reached highest ATP doubles ranking (No. 126 in the world)
1997 - finished season ranked No. 1 in ITA doubles rankings
1995-95 - Played at USC, was an All-American and Academic All-Pac-10
1995 - recruited by current SMU head coach Carl Neufeld to play at USC