AUBURN. Ala. - After becoming the ITA National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Chris Hooshyar has been named Associate Head Coach for Auburn women’s tennis, head coach Lauren Spencer announced Thursday.
"I am super honored and grateful for the support I have been shown by Lauren," Hooshyar said. "I am so excited to be part of this great team. I enjoy working with some of the most driven and competitive players and staff in the nation. My wife and I are extremely grateful to be here in Auburn and a part of the Auburn Family.
Hooshyar was a volunteer assistant coach at Southern Methodist University before coming to Auburn in 2013. He played at SMU from 2006-2010 during the same time Spencer was head coach.
“Words really can't describe how much Chris means to this program and personally to me and my family,” said Spencer. “In my mind I always envisioned him becoming an associate head coach for this program, but didn't know how soon he would be ready to do that. Over the past three years he has played a vital role in helping build a nationally recognized program that can compete for SEC and National Championships. You simply cannot find a more hard working and passionate person. He deserves every bit of this new title and I, along with my team, are very fortunate to have him as part of our Auburn Family. "
In his third season at Auburn, the assistant from Manchester, England, has helped lead the Tigers to many program firsts. Finishing this 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 this 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 last season, the Tigers went 38-20 in the same scenario this season.