LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a decorated playing career and several successful coaching and instructing stops over the past few years, including serving as the Wildcats’ volunteer assistant coach last season, Matt Emery has joined Cedric Kauffmann’s staff as assistant coach, Kauffmann announced on Tuesday.
“I am very happy to announce the hiring of Matt Emery to our coaching staff,” Kauffmann said. “Matt was born to be a collegiate coach with his ability to relate to players and his endless knowledge of the game of tennis. Matt has incredible experience after serving as a volunteer assistant with us last year and a very successful stint as an assistant coach at Maryland. We are both alumni of this great university and know what it means to wear Kentucky across your chest. With that experience and passion, I think we can lead our student-athletes to great success and I look forward to getting started.”
Emery, who played for the Wildcats under his father and longtime head coach Dennis Emery from 2001-05, will help Kauffmann with all aspects of the program, including scheduling, player development and recruiting.
“I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to be the assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Kentucky,” Emery said. “I'm very excited to work alongside Coach Kauffmann and continue the tradition of success of Kentucky men's tennis. It's an honor to return to my alma mater and have the privilege of contributing to a program and university which has played such an important role in my life.”
Emery began his collegiate coaching career in 2008 when he started a two-year stint as the volunteer assistant coach at Kentucky. Following the 2009 season, Emery earned his first full-time collegiate job when he was hired as the men’s tennis assistant coach at the University of Maryland. During the 2009-10 season, Emery helped lead the Terps program to a school-record 13-0 start.