Entering his ninth year with the Florida men’s tennis team, Jeremy Bayon was named assistant coach in October of 2003.
Bayon came to Gainesville from Starkville, Miss., where he was an assistant coach at Mississippi State for two seasons.
Bayon was a four-year letterman for Mississippi State from 1997-2000 where he played for UF head coach Andy Jackson, who was the head men’s tennis coach for the Bulldogs for 13 years. Bayon was a member of four teams that made NCAA appearances, including one of Mississippi State’s school-best national semifinal showings in 1998.
During his four-year stint on the squad, Bayon compiled career records of 88-51 (63.3 percent) in singles and 82-49 (62.6 percent) in doubles, ranking him in fifth place on Mississippi State’s all-time list for total wins when combining singles and doubles play. He ranks eighth in singles and second in doubles overall.
More impressively, however, was Bayon's victory rate in team match situations for the Bulldogs. MSU's team captain in 1999 and 2000, he registered dual match records of 63-23 (73.3 percent) in singles and 57-32 (64.0 percent) in doubles. When combining those two marks, he is Mississippi State's all-time leader in dual match triumphs with 120 career wins in team competition. He is third in Mississippi State history in dual match singles wins and first in doubles.
Bayon held national rankings in both singles and doubles for much of his career, climbing as high as 43rd in the country in singles and sixth in doubles. He closed out his career in 2000, his senior campaign, with his best results, qualifying for the NCAA Singles Championship. He was also an NCAA Doubles Championship participant in 1998 with partner Simon Larose.
A native of St. Etienne, France, Bayon holds a bachelor of business and administration degree from Mississippi State.
In the summer of 2006, Bayon and Rhonda Faehn were married. The couple resides in Gainesville and have two sons, Noah Emile Bayon, who was born Jan. 8, 2008, and Isaiah Freedom Bayon, born Nov. 24, 2010.
The Jeremy Bayon File
Hometown: St. Etienne, France
Education: Mississippi State University
Seasons at Florida: Entering Ninth
Four-year letterman for Mississippi State (1997-2000)…88-51 (63.3 percent) singles record and went 82-49 (62.6 percent) in doubles.
Men's Assistant Coach, Florida (Oct. 2003-Present)
Men's Assistant Coach, Mississippi State (2002-2003)