Auburn Men’s Tennis Coach Bobby Reynolds has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Tiger tennis program through the 2025 season.
“Thank you to our administration for believing and seeing our vision for a tennis program and for supporting us in the transition we have undergone over the past two years to build a program and brand as we envisioned it” , Reynolds said of the extension. “It’s a credit to success that our entire program has worked to build, and it provides another level of security for recruits who are very interested in spending their college career at Auburn and want to make the best long-term decision.”
Reynolds also announced that Chris Hooshyar was promoted to associate head coach, “a title he deserves for what he has brought to our program. He has now spent nearly a decade building the Auburn brand of tennis for both men and women.
“It’s the way he coaches, through relationships and making work fun. He finds a great balance and connection with student-athletes, both in coaching tennis and in relationships with them. and helping them grow,” Reynolds added. “But he also has a tremendous ability to see each player’s game technically; his eye for assessment and projection is uncanny and he can spot technical elements where a small correction can pay huge dividends. He’s a huge asset. for our program and where we want to go.”
This spring, Auburn finished 21-11 as a team, Auburn’s first 20-win season since 2002. After reaching the SEC Tournament semifinals and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers were ranked No. 23 in the Final Team ITA Rankings and No. 1. 23 in the Tennis Channel/USTA Top 25.
The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tag Team Tournament for the first time since 2014 and advanced to the Regional Finals for the first time since 2012, earning region head coach and assistant coach honors south of Reynolds and Hooshyar ITA.
Auburn placed three competitors in the final ITA national rankings for the 2022 season. The All-America doubles team of Tad Maclean and Finn Murget finished No. 8 nationally. Moving on to the NCAA Quarterfinals this season, they finished with a 20-6 overall record this spring. Murgett and Maclean repeated as All-Americans after finishing the 2021 campaign as national finalists.
Tyler Stice, an all-SEC first-team winner for the second straight year, finished the season with a national No. 23 singles ranking. A two-time NCAA singles qualifier, Stice beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in April and went 19-13 on aggregate, against 20 ranked opponents.
Maclean, who finished his Auburn career seventh among Auburn career leaders in doubles wins (74) and 11th in combined wins (140), finished the season ranked 83rd in singles.
The Tigers will welcome two freshmen to the 2022-23 roster, Nicholas Heng (Madison, Alabama) and Alexander Moreno (Knoxville, TN). “Nick is already on campus taking summer classes. He’s ranked in the top five of his recruiting class and is coming to college a year early, so we’re looking forward to seeing his progress in the fall. “, said Reynolds.
“Alejandro has been playing PTT tournaments for the past year, facing professional level competition, so he is happy to have a team and direction for his tennis. He is very mature in his goals and process oriented. It will be operational from the start of the school year.
“It will be great to bring these two into the team this fall, and we’re excited about the 24-year-old rookie class. We’re just getting started.”