Bruce-Burgess Named UCF Men’s Tennis Head Coach

Lloyd Bruce-Burgess brings experience coaching men’s tennis at Iowa, South Florida, Wichita State and Fresno Pacific—plus two seasons at UCF as assistant women’s tennis coach—to his new assignment as head men’s tennis coach for the Knights.

Bruce-Burgess continues his collaboration with newly named UCF director of tennis Bryan Koniecko whose Knight women’s tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Championship each of the last two seasons with Bruce-Burgess’ assistance.

“Lloyd has a great reputation nationally as a rising star,” said vice president and director of athletics Terry Mohajir. “We’re thrilled for him to lead our men’s tennis team, while continuing to work with Coach Koniecko in building conference and national championship caliber programs.”

“I am honored and delighted to accept the position of head men’s tennis coach,” said Bruce-Burgess. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Bryan, (deputy athletics director) Abby (Wilson), and Terry (Mohajir) for trusting me with this opportunity. 

“I also want to acknowledge the outstanding work of John Roddick, who has established UCF as a nationally recognized tennis program. I am eager and excited to begin working with the team and embark on a new journey in the history of UCF tennis. Charge On!” 

Roddick announced his resignation Friday after seven seasons as UCF director of tennis and men’s tennis head coach.

In Bruce-Burgess’ first season with the Knights in 2022, the squad posted a 16-8 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. UCF was the top seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in his first season and reached the final of that event. His second season with UCF in 2023 also concluded with another NCAA Championship team appearance, as well as two players named to the AAC all-league team and a national ranking of 14th. UCF players in each of his seasons rated as the highest-ranked singles players in the league. 

Under Bruce-Burgess’ guidance, Marie Mattel earned two consecutive berths to the NCAA Singles Championship and was ranked as high as No. 30 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles polls. Koniecko and Bruce-Burgess combined in 2023 to sign the second-ranked recruiting class in the country (by, including two top-five-rated United States players.

“I am thrilled to announce that Lloyd will be the next men’s tennis coach at UCF,” said Koniecko. “Lloyd has been a valuable member of our staff for the last two years, and his passion for excellence is unparalleled. He has an impressive tennis background, with experience in coaching, playing, and recruiting. Lloyd is someone who genuinely cares for his players and will work tirelessly to build a championship team at UCF for years to come. I look forward to seeing him lead our program to new heights.”

Bruce-Burgess was named the UCF women's tennis assistant coach in July 2021. He came to UCF after two seasons as an assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Iowa, where in 2021 he helped the doubles team of Oliver Okonkwo and Will Davies to a No. 2 national ranking, the highest an Iowa doubles team has been ranked in program history. Okonkwo and Davies qualified for the NCAA Championship as the seventh doubles duo to do so in program history.

Under Bruce-Burgess' leadership, Kareem Allaf earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades for the second straight season in 2021 and became Iowa's all-time leader in wins, and Davies tied the program record for most doubles victories. In his first season at Iowa, Bruce-Burgess helped coach the Hawkeyes to a 12-2 start in 2020 and a program-best national ranking of No. 20--and the Hawkeyes were on pace to qualify for the program's first NCAA Championship before the season was canceled due to Covid-19.

Prior to Iowa, Bruce-Burgess served a short stint as an assistant at the University of South Florida for the 2019 fall campaign after serving as director of tennis for Genesis Health Clubs from 2013-19. He received director of the year honors within the health club system in 2015 and 2016.

Bruce-Burgess previously coached professional tennis, working with Johnanna Konta and Renata Zarazua on the Women’s Tennis Association tour. He served as a practice partner for Konta, who was ranked as high as No. 3 on the WTA tour and was a finalist in an Australian Open.

Bruce-Burgess spent one year in 2014 as a part-time volunteer assistant men’s tennis coach at Wichita State (18-9 record) after a year in 2013 as assistant men’s and women’s coach at Fresno Pacific. The Fresno Pacific men that year ranked No. 1 in the NAIA and the women third, as the program transitioned to NCAA Division II.

A native of Brockenhurst, England, Bruce-Burgess earned his communication studies degree in 2012 from Fresno Pacific where he was a part of the 2012 NAIA national runner-up squad (25-2 team mark). He was a two-time JUCO All-American at Cowley College (Arkansas City, Kansas) where he was ranked No. 3 and No. 2 by the NJCCA in singles and doubles, respectively, on a team ranked sixth nationally. He was also tabbed the ITA Region VI Player of the Year in 2010 thanks to records of 21-2 in singles and 14-8 in doubles.

As a junior player in the United Kingdom, Bruce-Burgess was ranked among the top 50 men’s players. In 2007, he qualified for the men’s British Tour Masters (the top 32 players in the country).