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Chris Hooshyar is in his sixth season at Auburn. He was named Associate Head Coach on July 7, 2016. A noted recruiter, Hooshyar has been instrumental in bringing some of the top talent in the world to Auburn.
In Hooshyar's fifth season at Auburn and second season as Associate Head Coach, he helped lead the Tigers to their third straight season with 20 or more wins. Auburn has also made an NCAA Tournament appearance in each of the five seasons Hooshyar has been on the Plains. Hooshyar was a major factor in recruiting Auburn's two talented freshman this year, Jaeda Daniel and Madeline Meredith, both of whom went on to win SEC Freshman of the Week during the season. Hooshyar also coached Daniel up to a team-leading 45 combined wins en route to earning a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships along with All-SEC First team, All-SEC Freshman Team and ITA Southern Region Player to Watch honors. For those efforts, Hooshyar was named the 2018 ITA Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In Hooshyar’s fourth season at Auburn and first season as Associate Head Coach, he helped lead the Tigers to a 25-11 record and their second-straight appearance at the NCAA Sweet 16. Three Tigers were named All-SEC – Alizee Michaud (First Team), Andie Dikosavljevic (Second Team) and Taylor Russo (Freshman) – while Michaud and Dikosavljevic advanced to the Round of 64 in the NCAA Championship Singles Competition. Michaud and Russo advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA Championship Doubles Competition.
In his third season at Auburn, the assistant from Manchester, England, helped lead the Tigers to many program firsts. Finishing the season 24-8 (9-4 SEC), Auburn set program records for single season wins and single season SEC wins. The Tigers also hosted a NCAA Regional for the first time in program history. As a result of these accomplishments, Hooshyar was named the 2016 National ITA Assistant of the Year.
After taking over the team's fitness for the 2015-16 season, Hooshyar worked to build one of the most physically fit teams in the SEC. Finishing 25-28 in matches that reached the third set in the 2015 season, the Tigers went 38-20 in the same scenario last year.
In his first year at Auburn, Hooshyar was a part of helping the Tigers to a 17-11 overall record and second-round berth in the NCAA Tournament. Hooshyar also helped coach Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger to the semifinal round of the NCAA Championships in doubles.
Before coming to Auburn, Hooshyar was a volunteer assistant coach for the past two seasons at Southern Methodist University, the same school where he played for four years as an undergraduate. Hooshyar was actually playing at SMU at the same time Longbotham-Meisner was the head coach of the women’s team.
In his two years as volunteer assistant for the SMU women’s tennis team, Hooshyar helped coach the team to a 13-match turnaround from the 2012 spring season to 2013. Last season, the Mustangs went 14-10 in the spring and reached the Conference USA Tournament semifinals, while also tallying four wins against ranked opponents. The team finished the year ranked No. 51 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
As a player, Hooshyar captained the SMU men’s team for his final two seasons and compiled more than 35 singles victories in his four years. He posted the third-highest win total on the team in singles during his final year and second-highest in doubles.
Hooshyar’s best season arguably came during his sophomore year when he went 14-8 in singles play, including a singles win in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against Texas A&M . In that match, Hooshyar defeated Mike Beatty at the No. 6 spot in straight sets, 6-0, 7-6 (6), for his first NCAA victory.
As a junior player in England, Hooshyar was ranked as the top player in England throughout the junior process. Trying his hand on the ATP circuits, he made two quarterfinals in the ATP Manchester and Nottingham Challengers and was ranked as high as No. 915 in the world.
Chris is married to the former Meagan Surrency, who currently serves as Auburn’s director of Olympic recruiting.