St. Edward's names Kendall Brooks
as Head Women's Coach
AUSTIN - St. Edward's University Athletic Director Debbie Taylor announced the hiring of Kendall Brooks as Head Women's Tennis Coach on 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 was also 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, 2011 and 2012.
also led the 14 and under team to a national championship in 2012.
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 was also the Team Texas coach for the United States Tennis Association Boys and Girls 14's Zone Team Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Before the Austin Tennis Academy
, the 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
"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
I love the team atmosphere.
Competing and winning as a team is really what gets me motivated, as a player and as a coach."
was also a four-year letterwinner for Texas Tech
compiled a career singles record of 61-58 and a doubles mark of 41-17, playing primarily at the number two and one positions, respectively, for the Red Raiders.
still holds the school's career record for winning percentage in doubles play.
sophomore season, she
was the Big XII Conference winner at her
positions in both singles and doubles.
She was named preseason all-Big XII before her junior season and was team captain her junior and senior seasons.
Brooks graduated from Texas Tech in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in Exercise and Sports Science, with a minor in English and Spanish.
Brooks, the fourth coach in school history, takes over a Hilltopper squad that was 11-8 last season and finished the year ranked #31 in the Final ITA National Poll.
The team made it to the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship before falling to #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