BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech men’s tennis head coach Jim Thompson announces the hiring of Stephen Huss as Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach.
“I am very excited to be adding Stephen Huss to our staff,” said Thompson. “His knowledge of the game and his experience at every level will help our program immediately. His impact will be significant on the court with our guys, but also in his ability to recruit quality student-athletes. He played the professional tour for 11 years and knows players and coaches from around the world. If I were a younger player, I would certainly want to learn from someone who has won a Wimbledon title. In addition he is someone who is motivating and inspiring and I know he will be a great addition to our tennis program here at Virginia Tech.”
Huss competed on the international stage for 11 years. In 2005 he claimed the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles title as a qualifier, becoming the first to win the Wimbledon title after qualifying into the tournament. He and teammate Wesley Moodie defeated five seeded teams en route to the title. The Bendigo, Australia native achieved a career-high doubles ranking of 21st and won four ATP level finals. In addition, Huss competed in 37 Grand Slam events.
The 2000 graduate of Auburn University had season ending high rankings of 25th in singles and fifth in doubles while competing for the Tigers. In 1999, he claimed the National Clay Court Doubles Championship and in 2000 was a NCAA quarterfinalist in singles. He competed in the NCAA Championships in singles and doubles in 1998 and 2000, earning All-American status both years. Huss ranks fifth on Auburn’s all-time combined wins list with 169 and is second on the doubles list with 96.
“I am truly grateful and excited for the opportunity to join Coach Thompson in cultivating success for the Virginia Tech men's tennis team both on and off the court,” said Huss. “My family and I are looking forward to being a part of the Blacksburg community and Hokie nation.”
Huss retired from professional tennis last year. He most recently coached the doubles team of Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops Jones to a world ranking of 24th.
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