Emery Joins Kennesaw State as Director of Tennis

KENNESAW, Ga. – After a successful six-year stint at the University of Kentucky, Matt Emery has been named the Director of Tennis at Kennesaw State University, Director of Athletics Milton Overton announced on Monday.
As an assistant coach for the Wildcats, Emery helped lead Kentucky to five NCAA Tournaments in six years, including back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2013 and 2014. The Wildcats ended the 2018 campaign ranked in the top 25 and rose to as high as No. 12 in the country in each of the previous two seasons.
"We are excited to have Matt and his family join the Owls and take our men's and women's tennis programs to the next level," said Overton. "Matt comes to Kennesaw State with a wealth of tennis knowledge and experience. His ability to recruit top talent and bring student-athletes to our institution and that will excel in the classroom and on the court make him a perfect fit for our university."
Emery has quickly emerged as one of the best recruiters in the country, serving as the primary recruiter for Kentucky's No. 1 and No. 2 singles players in 2018. William Bushamuka and Ryo Matsumura both appeared in the NCAA Singles Tournament, with Bushamuka advancing to the second round and Matsumura earning ITA All-America honors as the nation's No. 10 player in the year-end rankings.
He also landed Kento Yamada, the top recruit out of Japan, Ying-Ze Zhen, the highest-rated prospect from Taiwan, and Theodore McDonald, a high-touted American player and a top-60 national recruit. In his first recruiting class at Kentucky, he brought Kevin Lai to Lexington and he quickly paid dividends, earning All-America honors as a freshman and teaming up with Tom Jomby to become the No. 8 doubles team in the nation.
"I am excited and honored to be named the Director of Tennis at Kennesaw State University," Emery said. "The challenge of directing both the men's and women's tennis programs is one I embrace wholeheartedly, and I cannot wait to get started.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Milton Overton and Mindy Mager-DeBruce (Assistant AD) for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.  I would also like to personally thank Cedric Kauffmann, my father, Dennis Emery, and Kyle Spencer for the opportunities they have given me in my career. I have been blessed and privileged to work under and learn from three of the best coaches in the business, and I will be forever grateful for their trust and guidance."
Emery began his collegiate coaching career in 2008 when he started a two-year stint as the volunteer assistant coach at Kentucky. Following the 2009 season, Emery earned his first full-time collegiate job when he was hired as the men's tennis assistant coach at the University of Maryland. During the 2009-10 season, Emery helped lead the Terps' program to a school-record 13-0 start.
He left Maryland in the fall of 2010 to become the co-director of the junior tennis program at Club Med Academies in Port St. Lucie, Fla. While there, Emery oversaw and directed operations for 100 students in the junior tennis program, including on-court practices, strength training and education, as well as the scheduling and travel to national and international tournaments. Emery would leave the Club Med Academies to move back to his hometown of Lexington and rejoin UK's staff as a volunteer assistant.
Prior to his coaching career, Emery had an impressive playing career both on the junior circuit and collegiately. As a competitor on the junior circuit, Emery enjoyed a prolific career that included a stint on the 1999 U.S. National Team and playing in each of the four major Grand Slam tournaments. He peaked in the International Tennis Federation junior singles rankings at No. 12 in the world and No. 16 in doubles. Emery also spent time ranked No. 1 overall in U.S. Boys 16s rankings and at No. 2 in U.S. Boys 18s. Emery has wins over several top-20 professional players, including Andy Roddick, Janko Tipsarevic and Tomas Berdych.
Collegiately, Emery played at the University of Kentucky under his father and longtime head coach Dennis Emery from 2001-05, helping lead the Wildcats to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the quarterfinals in 2002.
Emery ended his collegiate career with 58 singles wins and 36 doubles victories. During his freshman campaign in 2001, Emery teamed with UK All-American Jesse Witten to win the National Clay Courts Doubles Championship. Overall, Kentucky finished in the top 25 of the final team rankings every season Emery was on the squad, including eighth during his sophomore season in 2002.
Emery graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's in corporate communications in 2006 and a master's in sports leadership in 2012. He is married to the former Sara Reichbaum and the couple has a son, Jackson (4), and a daughter, Charlie (1).


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