Mark Finnegan joined the Auburn men’s tennis program as assistant coach in July, 2017, serving under head coach Bobby Reynolds.
Finnegan came to Auburn from the University of North Florida, where he was head coach of the men’s program for the past four seasons (2014-17), posting a 56-36 record while winning the Atlantic Sun tournament or regular season title three of his four seasons and garnering the highest ITA team rankings in the program’s history.
ITA All-American Jack Findel-Hawkins, the first Division I All-American in in UNF history and twice the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, advanced to the 2017 NCAA quarterfinals in singles and was a three-time NCAA singles qualifier. Findel-Hawkins was also a three-time NCAA doubles qualifier with three separate partners, Yannick Zuern, Lasse Muscheites and Norbert Nemcsek. In 2017, UNF went 19-1 in the doubles point, the highest doubles winning percentage in the nation.
Before his time at North Florida, Finnegan spent five years at Memphis, helping his alma mater become one of the Top 20 teams in the nation. He was an assistant coach at Memphis for his first four years (2009-12) before being elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2013 season. Twice part of the C-USA coaching staff of the year, Finnegan was named ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and also received votes for ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013.
In 2012, Memphis earned its first NCAA team bid, and in 2013, the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Round of 16. Connor Glennon was named 2013 C-USA Player of the Year, Johnny Grimal was the Outstanding Singles Player of the C-USA Championship and Joe Salisbury and David O’Hare were the Outstanding Doubles Team of the C-USA Championship.
Finnegan also assisted with the Memphis women’s tennis team, helping the Tigers gain their first NCAA appearance in 2013 as well as a program-high ranking of No. 22 in 2013. Individually, Courtney Collins ranked as high as No. 20 in the ITA singles rankings.
Finnegan, who represented Ireland as a Junior Olympian, played Division I tennis at both Georgia Southern and Memphis. While at Georgia Southern, he was named the 2002 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, all-conference and the team’s MVP.
A native of Kill, County Kildare, Ireland, Finnegan graduated from Memphis in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He and his wife, the former Molly Smith of Fairhope, Ala., have two sons, Kellum and Rory.