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Ross Brown, Men's Tennis Coach

Head coach Ross Brown enters his sixth season of guiding the Screaming Eagles men's tennis team. He has guided the Eagles to a 47-58 (.448) record during his tenure.

In his fourth year, Brown guided the Eagles to a fourth-place finish in the 2006 conference tournament after replacing 80 percent of a line-up that won the GLVC title in 2005.

He was named the GLVC Coach of the Year in 2005 after leading USI to a sweep of the GLVC regular-season and tournament titles. Brown's Eagles also advanced to a  sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2005.

Under Brown's direction, the Eagles are 23-6 (.793) in the conference and have made three appearances in the NCAA II Tournament. USI was a perfect 8-0 in the 2005 league schedule.

Brown joined the USI staff in 2002 after 11 years as the head men's tennis coach at the University of Evansville. He was the winningest coach in the history of the Aces program with 109 coaching victories.

Brown guided the 1999-2000 Aces to a school-record 17 victories. He was named Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 when the Aces finished second in the league. He also led UE to a third-place finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in 1995.

His players have not only excelled on the courts, but in the classroom as well. He has produced 10 first-team all-MVC Academic selections in the last seven seasons, including two Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes last year.

A graduate of Paris Junior College (Texas), where he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame, and Southwest Texas State University, Brown is the former head pro and co-owner of Advantage Court and Fitness in Evansville.

Brown was an instructor at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas where he coached a number of top-ranked junior players from throughout the world. Locally, Brown has coached Indiana and Kentucky high school singles champions and also nationally-ranked players including Stephanie Hazlett, who won five national singles titles.

Brown is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, holding a Pro One rating. He showed his skills by winning the Over 40 Championship at the ITA national coaches' convention in 2001.

Brown, native of Rockhampton, Australia, and his wife Jamia have two daughters, Brittany and Bayley.

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