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Tue July 17, 2012
UK Tennis Coach Dennis Emery Announces Retirement
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky men’s tennis head coach Dennis Emery, who recently completed his 30th season guiding the UK tennis program, announced his retirement from coaching on Monday; accepting a promotion as a special assistant to Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart.
“I feel the time is right for me to leave coaching,” Emery said. “Over the last decade, we have been in the top 15 in the final rankings seven times, made two Elite Eights, four Sweet 16s and had two NCAA Singles finalists.
At the completion of the 2012 season, Emery held an all-time record of 655-404, which ranked him sixth among active coaches, while his 23 NCAA Tournament berths was second among active coaches.
In his 30 years, Emery guided UK to two Southeastern Conference championships, 23 NCAA Tournament appearances and helped 19 Wildcat men to 38 All-America honors. During his stretch of success, Emery was named SEC Coach of the Year three times – including 2012 – and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year twice. Emery also led three players to the finals of the NCAA Singles Tournament, including Eric Quigley last season.
“Dennis, his wife, Brenda, and their three adult children, Merritt, Andrew and Matthew, have been a fixture in our athletic department for a long time,” Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Although he will no longer be gracing the courts, we are thrilled that he has elected to stay with our department and help us achieve our goals of building a championship culture. What Dennis achieved with our tennis program is historic and we will always be indebted to him for his hard work and dedication for that program. I look forward to him continuing to be a part of UK Athletics.”
Barnhart said the search for a permanent successor to Coach Emery will begin immediately.