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(W) Tennis

Game of the Week 11.19.18 - WBB vs. Villanova (TOP)
(W) Tennis Coaching Staff
Bryan Koniecko
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Phone: 5853
Email: bkoniecko@athletics.ucf.edu
Bryan Koniecko was named the UCF women's tennis head coach on July 5, 2016. The 12th head coach in program history comes to the Knights after spending two campaigns as the men's tennis head coach at Brown University.

Koniecko's second season at UCF was historic. The Knights posted a 20-5 record, the most wins for the program since 1998. Defending home court was a big emphasis for Koniecko, as the Black and Gold went 15-1 at the USTA National Campus. The Knights earned their first ever at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship in 2018. UCF edged No. 39 FIU 4-3 for the first postseason victory in program history.

Koniecko garnered The American Coach of the Year Award, while freshman Rebeka Stolmar took home Freshman of the Year and All-Conference honors. Maria Martinez joined Stolmar on the All-Conference squad.

Koniecko guided the Black and Gold up to a record ranking of No. 19 in the ORACLE/ITA poll. The Knights defeated six out of seven ranked opponents, including a 4-3 victory against No. 15 South Carolina in the season opener and a 5-2 decision at No. 16 Baylor.

Doubles team Maria Martinez and Ksenia Kuznetsova became the first tandem in program history to earn at place in the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship. Together, the partnership flourished with a 17-4 record on the year, including 16 wins at No. 1.

All seven members of the 2018 squad were named to The American All-Academic team.

Koniecko encouraged his players to compete in ITF events throughout the year and played a vital role in encouraging Monica Matias to represent Puerto Rico in the Fed Cup, where she helped Puerto Rico to its first promotion to Americas Group I since 2010. Matias was named a Fed Cup MVP, one of five in the world. She was also tabbed as The American's Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second time in her career.

In his inaugural campaign with the Black and Gold in 2017, Koniecko guided the Knights to a 13-9 record and a spot at the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinals. Junior Monica Matias garnered All-Conference honors and was named The American Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The UCF women's tennis team received public recognition from the NCAA for its Academic Progress Rate in 2017 and 2018.

A strong recruiter, Koniecko brought three international players that held ITF Top 50 rankings to Ohio State, helping the women's squad jump from No. 73 to No. 35 in the ITA rankings. In his first of two stints at Brown from 2010-12, Koniecko helped guide a previously unranked Bears men's squad to a top 50 ranking as an assistant coach.

As the Brown head men's coach from 2014-16, he aided a pair of Bears in Peter Tarid (First Team, 2016) and Justin To (Second Team, 2015) to All-Ivy League singles honors. The squad totaled 24 dual-match victories and garnered ITA All-Academic accolades following both campaigns.

Koniecko returned to his alma mater, Ohio State, in 2012 and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2013-14 campaign. During that season, he guided Ohio State to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2009, a national ranking of 35 and an undefeated mark at home.

A five-time All-American at Ohio State, Koniecko led his team to four Big Ten regular season and tournament titles during his four years at Ohio State. He earned consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year accolades in 2008 and 2009, and was named league's Freshman of the Year in 2006.

As a captain his senior year, Koniecko won the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles Title and was ranked No. 1 in the country individually. Ohio State was also ranked No. 1 in the country during his final campaign and finished as the national runner-up.

After graduating with a bachelor's of arts degree in 2009, Koniecko continued to play at the professional level where he reached an ATP career-high ranking of 651. He earned his first professional title in 2007, winning the ITF professional futures event in Ecuador. In 2008, he was also a runner-up in the ITF professional futures event in Peoria, Ill. The Long Island, N.Y., native also had the opportunity to compete in the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Open qualifying.

Koniecko traveled to over 17 countries to compete in tournaments such as the Junior Australian Open and Wimbledon. He was ranked as high as No. 45 in the ITF world junior rankings with a win over Marin Cilic and was ranked Top 10 nationally in the Boy's 16s and 18s.
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