Kris Kwinta Named Assistant Men's Tennis Coach

Sept. 28, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Head men's tennis coach Billy Martin announced the hiring of Kris Kwinta to the position of assistant coach on Friday. Kwinta, who was a member of UCLA's 2005 NCAA Championship team, replaces Jason Sher who, after eight seasons with the program, has moved on to pursue other opportunities.

'I'm really happy that Kris has decided that he wants to stay at UCLA as an assistant coach,' said Martin, who is entering his 15th season as head coach. 'He did a great job as a student assistant coach last year so it was an easy decision to bring him on full time. He knows what it takes to win an NCAA Championship, as he was an integral part of our title run in 2005.'

Kwinta, who played at UCLA in 2004 and 2005, is best known for winning the deciding singles match in UCLA's thrilling 4-3 upset over Baylor in the 2005 NCAA Final. His three-set victory at the No. 3 position helped the Bruins to a dramatic comeback, ending UCLA's 21-year title drought in men's tennis. Kwinta also earned All-America honors in doubles in 2004.

Kwinta, who was an undergraduate assistant coach with the Bruins last season while finishing up his schooling, recently earned a degree from UCLA in political science.

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