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Bryan Shelton
Bryan Shelton

Head Coach – Third Season

University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Bryan Shelton as the men’s tennis head coach on June 8, 2012. Shelton came to Gainesville after 13 seasons as the head coach of the Georgia Tech women’s program, where he led the Yellow Jackets to a national title in 2007, and a successful professional playing career that included reaching No. 55 in the ATP singles rankings and No. 52 in the ATP doubles rankings.

Coach Shelton had to deal with some tough circumstances in his first year at the helm. After several departures from the 2012 squad left the team with just seven available scholarship players for the spring, Shelton led the team to a 15-11 overall record, No. 16 national ranking and the third seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Florida also earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and hosted an NCAA Regional for the sixth-straight year. UF faced 13 teams ranked in the top 25 and had six wins against teams ranked in the top 20.

Shelton turned the team around in his second season at UF, leading Florida to the NCAA Round of 16. The No. 14 Gators challenged the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, but eventually fell to OSU, 4-3, concluding a 17-10 season.  

Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Shelton spent one season as a national coach with the United States Tennis Association. While coaching with the USTA, he worked with top juniors such as Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Bobby Reynolds, Ashley Harkelroad, Tanner Cochran, Jamea Jackson and Carlie Gullickson.

Shelton spent nine seasons as a player on the ATP Tour, winning two singles titles and a pair of doubles titles, before retiring following the 1997 U.S. Open. In his professional career, Shelton was a seven-time U.S. Open participant, six-time Wimbledon participant, six-time Australian Open participant and a four-time French Open participant. He reached the finals of the 1993 French Open in mixed doubles with partner Lori McNeil and was a semifinalist with McNeil in mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 1993. Shelton also reached the Round of 16 in singles at Wimbledon in 1994.

As a player at Georgia Tech, Shelton was an All-American and four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, helping guide the Jackets to a school-record 26 dual-match wins as a senior in 1988. He ranks second on the Jackets’ career singles wins list with 101 victories and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Prior to the 2000 season when Shelton took the reins at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets’ women’s tennis program had never made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In 13 seasons under Shelton, Tech compiled a 227-108 (.678) record and qualified for the NCAA Tournament every year. The Yellow Jackets won a national title in 2007, four-straight regular season Atlantic Coast Conference Championships (2005-08), four ACC Tournament titles (2005-07, 10) and back-to-back ITA National Indoor Championships (2007-08). The national title in 2007 was Georgia Tech’s first NCAA team title in any sport in school history. Shelton was named the 2007 ITA National Coach of the Year and the ACC Coach of the Year four times (2002, 05, 07, 08). He was also named the ITA South Region Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

Along with the great team success that Shelton achieved at Georgia Tech, he also guided some individuals to outstanding results. In 2008, Shelton coached sophomore Amanda McDowell through the 2008 NCAA Singles Championships, helping her claim the first NCAA Individual title in school history. Before 2000, the program had never had a player earn All-American honors. Under Shelton, the Yellow Jackets had the ITA National Player of the Year twice (McDowell, 2008; Irina Falconi, 2010), the ITA National Player to Watch (Kristi Miller, 2006) and ITA South Region Rookie of the Year (Miller, 2005). Falconi won back-to-back ACC Player of the Year awards (2009, ‘10) under Shelton’s tutelage and Tech has had two ACC Rookie of the Year winners (Kelly Anderson, 2003; Miller, 2005), 12 All-Americans and 23 All-ACC selections in the past 13 seasons. Two players also won the prestigious Honda Award for Tennis (Miller, 2006; McDowell, 2008).

The Bryan Shelton File

  • Birth date: December 22, 1965
  • Alma Mater: Georgia Tech, 1988 (Bachelor's of Industrial Engineering)
  • Family: Bryan and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Emma and Benjamin

Coaching Honors

  • 2007 USTA/ITA National Coach of the Year
  • 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 ACC Coach of the Year
  • 2005, 2006 ITA South Region Coach of the Year
  • 1993 Georgia Tech Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2002 Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2006 Huntsville-Madison County Hall of Fame Inductee

Shelton's Accomplishments at Tech

As a Coach

  • 2007 National Champions
  • 2007, 2008 ITA National Indoor Team Champions
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 ACC Champions
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 ACC regular season champions
  • Has won .678 percent of his matches to rank as the winningest tennis coach in Tech history
  • Has won a school-record 227 matches
  • Led Tech to its only 13 NCAA appearances in history
  • 12 All-America selections in 13 years
  • 23 All-Atlantic Coast Conference players in 13 years
  • Nine Academic All-America or All-District honorees
  • 52 student-athletes named to ACC Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or higher) through 2011 season
  • No. 1 national ranking during 2006 and 2007 seasons
  • No. 1 final national ranking in 2007
  • School-record 29 wins in 2007

As a Player

  • 1988 All-American
  • 1986 ACC Champion, No. 1 Doubles (Richy Gilbert)
  • 1985 ACC Champion, No. 1 Singles
  • Four-time All-ACC Selection

Shelton's Coaching Career

  Overall Conference  
Year School M/W W-L Pct. W-L Pct. Pl. Postseason
2000 Georgia Tech W 14-8 .636 4-4 .500 T-4th NCAA Second Round
2001 Georgia Tech W 11-12 .478 4-4 .500 5th NCAA First Round
2002 Georgia Tech W 15-10 .600 3-5 .375 5th NCAA Second Round
2003 Georgia Tech W 14-7 .667 5-3 .625 4th NCAA Second Round
2004 Georgia Tech W 12-11 .522 4-4 .500 T-4th NCAA Second Round
2005 Georgia Tech W 21-4 .840 9-1 .900 T-1st NCAA Sweet 16; ACC Reg. Season & Tourn. Champs
2006 Georgia Tech W 23-6 .793 9-2 .818 T-1st NCAA Sweet 16; ACC Reg. Season & Tourn. Champs
2007 Georgia Tech W 29-4 .879 10-1 .909 T-1st NATIONAL CHAMPIONS; ACC Reg. Season & Tourn. Champs; ITA Ntl' Ind. Champs
2008 Georgia Tech W 22-6 .786 10-1 .909 T-1st NCAA Elite Eight; ITA Ntl' Ind. Champs; ACC Reg. Season Champs
2009 Georgia Tech W 18-8 .692 9-2 .818 T-3rd NCAA Sweet 16
2010 Georgia Tech W 19-10 .655 5-5 .500 7th NCAA Second Round; ACC Tournament Champs
2011 Georgia Tech W 13-10 .565 5-6 .455 T-7th NCAA Sweet 16
2012 Georgia Tech W 16-12 .571 6-5 .545 6th NCAA Sweet 16
2013 Florida M 15-11 .577 7-5 .583 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2014 Florida M 17-10 .629 8-4 .667 4th NCAA Sweet 16
Totals 15 seasons   259-129 .667 98-52 .653    
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