Damon Henkel enters his second season as assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Florida. Henkel, a three-time All-American as a player at UF from 1992-96, most recently worked as the head professional at the Billy Stearns Tennis Center in Sarasota.
"Damon understands exactly what is required to be successful at this level by virtue of his playing experience, as well as his coaching experience since he left," said Gator head coach Ian Duvenhage.
Henkel ended his Gator career in 1996 as one of the best players in school history. He became the first player in school history to earn three All-America honors in singles in his career. Henkel's 102 career singles victories and 169 overall wins still both rank second all-time in the UF record books. In addition, Henkel is the only player in school history to win 20 or more singles matches in all four seasons as a Gator.
Henkel played for a short time on the professional circuit after he left Gainesville, and had spent one year as a head teaching professional at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston prior to working in Sarasota. He has also traveled with former Gator Mark Merklein on the professional tour.