Brandon Stokes Named Head Coach at FAU

June 4, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - UCF assistant coach Brandon Stokes was named the men's tennis head coach at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday. Stokes will take over the Owls, a team that finished with an overall record of 9-12 last season and concluded the 2008 spring ranked in the top-75 nationally.

"He helped me elevate the program the last two years with his knowledge and skills," said UCF head coach Bobby Cashman. "Brandon's passion for the sport is infectious. FAU is getting a quality head coach. The UCF family wishes him well in his new position."

During Stokes' two seasons at UCF, the Knights recorded 24 victories, and this season, advanced past the quarterfinals at the Conference USA Championship for the first time since joining the league.

The Knights spent eight weeks in the national rankings in 2007, reaching as high as 62nd, in Stokes' first season with UCF. The team upset three-ranked opponents, and matched that same feat this year.

In 2008, UCF put together one of its finest seasons in C-USA. Even with three newcomers, the squad was able to stay competitive by recording 12 victories and defeating No. 70 UAB in the opening round of the league championship.

During his time at UCF, Johan Beigart (Vaxjo, Sweden) was twice selected to the All-C-USA Second Team. Also during that time, the Knights also placed eight student-athletes on the conference's academic honor roll in two seasons.

The Ohio native is a 1994 graduate of Toledo. A two-year letterwinner at Toledo, he also displayed success in the classroom, earning Mid-American Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention , being named the Downtown Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and was named to the Dean's List three times.

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