Bobby Reynolds (above) is shown in a World Team Tennis match.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn filled its vacant men's tennis head coach position on Friday, announcing that Bobby Reynolds, an assistant coach at Oklahoma and former World Top 100-ranked professional player, will take over for Eric Shore, who retired after the 2016 season.
Reynolds spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach with Oklahoma men’s tennis, helping the Sooners advance to the NCAA championship match. He starts his new assignment on Monday, taking over for Shore, who has been AU's head coach the past 26 seasons.
Reynolds had a 12-year career playing professional tennis, retiring in 2014. In 2009, he reached a career-high ranking of No. 63 in singles and No. 46 doubles. Reynolds appeared in 17 main draw grand slam events in singles and 20 main draws in doubles. Twice, he advanced to the third round of a grand slam event in singles (2005 Australian Open, 2008 Wimbledon) and did so four times in doubles.
“It’s exciting that someone of Coach Reynolds’ extensive professional experience and network of contacts throughout all levels of tennis wants to join the Auburn family,” Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. “Those relationships and the experiences he can share with our student-athletes will have a great impact as they chase their dreams and pursue their careers.”
Reynolds said, “I’d like to thank Jay Jacobs, Bernard Hill and everyone at Auburn for giving me this opportunity to be a head coach, close to my home in Atlanta and back in the SEC where I played,” Reynolds said. “I also want to thank John Roddick and the University of Oklahoma for giving me the chance to fulfill a dream and get back into college tennis from the coaching side.
“I know how passionate the Auburn family is about all its teams, and I know we can succeed, thrive and do great things in tennis here," he said. "I’m looking forward to working with the members of the team and drawing from all my experiences to put my stamp on the program and its development.”
Reynolds was the 2012 MVP of World Team Tennis and the league’s male rookie of the year in 2010, leading the Washington Kastles to four Mylan WTT world titles from 2011-14.
The most decorated player in Vanderbilt tennis history, as a junior, Reynolds led the Commodores to the 2003 NCAA Final and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Reynolds finished the 2003 season ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles and was named SEC Player of the Year. He chose to forgo his senior year and pursue professional tennis.
Reynolds completed his degree in human organizational development from Vanderbilt in 2015.
His wife, Dr. Josie Reynolds, was a two-time All-American in the heptathlon at Vanderbilt and holds the school’s high jump record. They have two sons, Parker and Mason.