UCF Director of Tennis, John Roddick, announced that Bryan Koniecko will be the new head coach of women's program at the University of Central Florida, as the 12th head coach in program history. Koniecko came to UCF from Brown, where he was the men's head coach for 2 years, and before that, he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State women's team.
Koniecko is recognized for his recruiting abilities, and he helped both Ohio State and Brown to strengthen their rosters and improve their rankings positions. Bryan also had a stellar Collegiate career as a player at Ohio State, with 5-time All-American honor, leading them towards 4 Big Ten regular and tournaments titles, being named Big Ten Athlete of the Year accolades in 2008 and 2009.
In his senior season, Koniecko was ranked number 1 in the country, and he won the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles title. Ohio State was also the best-ranked team at that time. He had some pro success as well after solid junior career, winning the Futures title in Ecuador in 2007, with one Challenger win as well.
"We are very excited about the addition of Bryan, who has extensive experience as a collegiate coach and player," Roddick said. "He did a fantastic job of laying the groundwork to rebuild the Ohio State women's program into a national power through recruiting and developing players.
With the combination of our new home at the USTA facility in Lake Nona and the academics at UCF, we are confident that Bryan will identify the best student-athletes in the nation and help bring the program to national prominence." "I am honored and humbled to lead the women's tennis program at UCF," Koniecko said. "I want to thank (Director of Athletics) Danny White, (Senior Associate AD, Academic Services) Eric Wood and (Director of Tennis) John Roddick for giving me this unique opportunity.
When I stepped foot on campus, I was impressed with the university's dedication to athletic and academic excellence. I am excited to recruit to one of the best facilities in the world and build UCF into a national power. The first step in building this program is to begin developing our players to reach their maximum potential. We will start to build a strong culture of excellence that will be passed down over the years at UCF.
I am very eager to begin working with the current team. Our goal is to recruit young women that are very dedicated to their academics as well as their athletics. We will be looking for student-athletes who are relentless competitors that will help lead UCF to the top of college tennis.
I cannot wait to begin recruiting internationally, nationally and the great state of Florida." ALSO READ: Devin Britton comes back to University of Mississippi as an assistant coach