TROY, Ala. – Scott Kidd
, who has coached in three straight NCAA Tournaments and won nine national championships, has been named the men's tennis coach at Troy University, Athletic Director John Hartwell
announced Thursday. Kidd, a well-respected recruiter and coach, brings a wealth of winning experience with him to Troy after successful stops at Clemson and Auburn-Montgomery.
"Coming to Troy is great for me in two ways," Kidd said. "First of all, being raised in Elba, it's a great chance to get back close to home. Also, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be a head coach again.
"I can't wait to start the process of getting the men's program back into the ITA rankings. My goal is to have the team back in the top 50 in two years, and with the facilities and resources at Troy that is a very real possibility."
Kidd comes to Troy after spending the last three years as an assistant coach with the women's tennis program at Clemson. Prior to that he spent nine wildly successful seasons at Auburn-Montgomery, including six as head coach.
"Scott has been a winner throughout his career and we are looking forward to him bringing that winning mentality to Troy," Hartwell said. "The proof is in the results when it comes to Scott as he has won at every level he has coached.
"He had a tremendous amount of success at Auburn-Montgomery and then proved he could make the adjustment to Division I tennis with his move to Clemson. We are excited to welcome Scott and his family to the Troy Family."
In his three seasons at Clemson, Kidd helped the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament trips including two Sweet 16 appearances, while finishing all three seasons ranked in the Top 25 by the ITA. In addition, his 2012 recruiting class was ranked eighth in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net.
Individually, Kidd helped Clemson's Josipa Bek and Keri Wong to a No.1 ITA national doubles ranking in 2011 and also helped the pair to the NCAA Doubles Championship match. Just last season he helped Yana Koroleeva to an appearance in the NCAA Singles quarterfinals and a No.13 ranking in the final ITA national singles rankings.
In his time at AUM, Kidd coached the women's team for six years while also serving as the men's head coach in the final two seasons. He led the women's program to five consecutive NAIA National Championships and also led the men's program to an NAIA National Championship in 2010. Kidd was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year five times while at AUM.
Prior to serving as the head coach at AUM, Kidd served as the team's assistant coach for three seasons, helping both the men and women to NAIA National Championships in that time as well.
Before that, he served as the head coach at North Greenville in Tigerville, S.C., helping both the Crusader men's and women's teams to NCCAA National Championship in 2002. Kidd also served as the head coach at King College early in his career.
King College, men's/women's head coach (2000-01)
North Greenville, men's/women's head coach (2001-03)
Auburn-Montgomery, men's/women's assistant coach (2003-05)
Auburn-Montgomery, women's head coach (2005-10)
Auburn-Montgomery, men's head coach (2009-10)
Clemson, women's assistant coach (2010-13)
Troy, men's head coach (2013)