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Chris Hooshyar is in his fourth season at Auburn and was named Associate Head Coach on July 7. The Manchester, England native was also named 2016 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year on May 24, 2016.
A noted recruiter, Hooshyar has been instrumental in bringing some of the top talent to Auburn, including the No. 20 recruiting class in 2015 and No. 7 in 2016 according to TennisRecruiting.net.
In his third season at Auburn, the 2016 ITA Assistant Coach of the Year 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.
After taking over the team's fitness in 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.