|Position:||Director of Tennis/Head Coach|
John Roddick was named the UCF Director of Tennis on May 29, 2016. He serves as the men's head coach with oversight of both the men's and women's programs.
Roddick enters his third season at the helm of the UCF tennis program with the No. 8 ranked men's tennis recruiting class by the Tennis Recruiting Network.
UCF Tennis reached uncharted territory under Roddick in 2018. The UCF men's tennis team, comprised of two seniors, two sophomores and five freshman, went 11-10 on the year, with a 7-5 mark at the USTA National Campus. The Knights made it to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship. UCF knocked off four ranked opponents during the year, including a 4-2 decision against No. 30 Minnesota.
The Black and Gold was led by the doubles power team of senior Korey Lovett and freshman Eero Vasa. Together, the duo made UCF history on numerous occasions, including taking down the No. 1 ranked pairing of Alfredo Perez and Johannes Ingildsen from Florida in the season opener. The tandem went 16-3 on the campaign, with a 15-2 mark at No. 1 doubles, and climbed to a school record No. 3 ranking in the ORACLE/ITA poll. Vasa and Lovett also became the first doubles team in program history to earn at spot at the NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championship, where they reached the Round of 16.
The UCF women's tennis team also made history during their second campaign under Roddick. The Knights posted a 20-5 record and defended home court with a 14-1 mark. UCF received its first ever at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship, where the reached the Second Round. Doubles duo of Maria Martinez and Ksenia Kuznetsova also punched their ticket to the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship, becoming the first tandem to qualify in program history.
In his first season with the Knights in 2017, Roddick guided the Black and Gold to a 16-7 record, including a 12-3 mark at home. UCF took down four ranked teams, including No. 23 Texas Tech in Roddick's first match in charge. The Knights earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, their first appearance since 2005. Korey Lovett was named First Team All-AAC. Lovett also became the first player in program history to be selected for the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Tournament. UCF finished the year ranked No. 33 in the Oracle/ITA National Rankings.
Roddick joined the Knights after seven successful seasons as the head men's tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma. He led the Sooners to their third consecutive NCAA Division I runner-up finish in May 2016, and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Coach of the Year in 2014. He is also a two-time ITA Central Region Coach of the Year and a four-time Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year.
Under Roddick's guidance, the Oklahoma men's tennis team earned its first Big 12 Conference championship (2012), its first ITA No. 1 weekly ranking (2014) and the program's first-ever No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Division I Team Championship (2015). Roddick compiled a 146-48 record with the Sooners.
Prior to his tenure at Oklahoma, Roddick served as the ATP Tour Coach for his brother Andy Roddick. During that time, Andy defeated the top three players in the world in a six-week span. From 2002-09, he also served as Director of Roddick Total Tennis, a high-performance boarding academy in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. He also mentored top touring professionals such as his brother, Mardy Fish and Uladzimir Ignatik. In 2006 and 2008, Roddick served as Team Captain for the United States' World Team Cup squad.
Roddick's first collegiate coaching jobs were as assistants at Florida State (1999-2000) and Georgia (2000-02). During his two-year stint with Georgia, the Bulldogs won the national championship (2001) and finished as runners-up (2002).
Born in Omaha, Neb., Roddick and his brothers Lawrence and Andy, grew into promising players. John earned All-America honors four times at Georgia and was named the UGA Athlete of the Year in 1998. He proved his prowess in the classroom as well, earning three SEC All-Academic Team selections. Prior to his collegiate playing days, Roddick was a top junior. He qualified for the 1993 and 1994 U.S. National Teams as his player rating climbed as high as No. 6 in the world in singles and No. 3 in doubles.