Monmouth University Vice President/Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil announced the hiring of Kyle Bailey as Director of Tennis/Men’s Head Coach in February 2016. Bailey came to Monmouth with more than a decade of coaching experience, both at the collegiate level and in mentoring and developing junior players for futures in the collegiate and professional ranks.
“I’d like to thank Dr. McNeil and the entire athletic department at Monmouth University for this great opportunity,” said Bailey. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt a tremendous amount of positive energy and enthusiasm from the students and staff. I am eager to contribute to the great work and culture already present at Monmouth University, and look forward to helping the men’s tennis team be successful on and off the court.”
Bailey’s coaching career began at his alma mater, American University, where he first served as an assistant coach before quickly being elevated to head coach at the age of 24. In his three seasons with the Eagles, American posted a 42-18 record with an 18-3 mark against Patriot League competition, winning the league regular-season title in his first year as head coach. In 2005, the Eagles achieved an 18-5 record, including wins over a pair of nationally-ranked teams in East Tennessee State and Army. 10 of his players were named to the All-Patriot League Team, while his teams also achieved the classroom, posting a 3.46 grade-point average and placing 16 student-athletes on the Patriot League Honor Roll.
Bailey then moved on to the University of Maryland, where he served as an assistant coach for two years. The team showed marked improvement in Bailey’s time with the Terps, improving its ITA ranking from No. 70 to No. 45 in his first season of 2007, before producing the school’s first ITA All-Americans since 1971 (Andrew Orban, Boris Fetbroyt) in 2008. The team earned wins over nationally-ranked Louisville, Virginia Tech, Penn, Clemson and Cornell with four singles players and three doubles players reaching the ITA National Rankings. Bailey served as the top recruiter for Maryland and signed a top 500 ATP player and the top three in-state Maryland recruits.
From Maryland, Bailey moved on to The Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), where he served as Director of Talent Identification and College Placement. He was responsible for training, developing and mentoring players. He also served as Chief Coordinator of the College Placement Program and his 2011 class netted over $1 million in scholarships. He also oversaw the operations and recruitment for the annual GEICO Talent Fest, with more than 300 participants each year.
Bailey was the primary mentor and coach to three National Champions (USTA Gold Ball) and 20 players ranked in the Top 50 in the United States, including Evan Zhu (#1), Andrew Adams (#10), Caleb Chakravrathi (#14) and Amy Zhu (#16). Adams earned ITA All-American status, while Amy Zhu would go on to play at the University of Michigan. Bailey was also the traveling coach to Denis Kudla (Top 100 ATP), Mitchell Frank (NCAA Champion), Trice Capra (3rd Round at US Open) and Francis Tiafoe (Top 10 ITF Junior, Orange Bowl Champion and USTA National Champion).
He then was named Senior Director of Tennis at Centercourt Sports in the Fall of 2014 and managed all aspects of the Junior Program. He oversaw player development, coaching education, budget review, tournament travel, college placement, recruitment, parent education and logistics. He led the implementation of The Centercourt Pathway, establishing program parameters and long-term player development plans.
Bailey was the primary mentor for Alexa Noel (2015 G14’s National Clay Court Champion, Easter Bowl Finalist and La Petis As Qualifier) and Mac Kiger (2015 Atlanta ITF Champion, National Clay Court Quarterfinalist and Sweet Sixteen Finalist). He also served as lead coach for numerous National USTA Camps across the country.
A three-year captain as an undergrad at American, Bailey participated in the 2001, 2002 and 2003 NCAA Tournaments. He ranks second all-time at American in singles wins and first in doubles victories. He was an All-Patriot League selection and Team MVP in 2003. Bailey graduated from American with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Public Communications.