St. Edward's names Brooks head coach
AUSTIN, Texas -- St. Edward’s athletic director Debbie Taylor announced the hiring of Kendall Brooks as head women’s tennis coach 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 also was 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, '11 and '12. 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 also was the Team Texas coach for the United States Tennis Association Boys and Girls 14’s Zone Team Championships in 2012 and '13.
Before the Austin Tennis Academy, Brooks, a 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 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 Nos. 2 and 1 positions, respectively, for the Red Raiders. Brooks still holds the school’s career record for winning percentage in doubles play.
Brooks, the fourth coach in school history, takes over a Hilltopper squad that was 11-8 last season and finished the year ranked No. 31 in the final ITA National Poll. The team made it to the Heartland Conference Tournament championship before falling to No. 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.”