Tyler Browne Leaving Men’s Tennis Staff
BERKELEY – Tyler Browne – the associate head coach of the California men's tennis team and a four-time regional assistant coach of the year – is leaving the perennial top-20 team to take a position as Director of Racquet Sports at the Orinda Country Club, Cal's Director of Men's Tennis Peter Wright announced Wednesday. A Golden Bear alumnus, Browne recently completed his 13th season on the coaching staff, a run that included leading Cal to the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Championship.
"It's bittersweet to be leaving a place that has been so special to me over my 17-year career – being a student-athlete first from 2003-08, then immediately jumping onto the coaching staff in 2008," Browne said. "To turn that page has been very difficult for me.
"I can't speak highly enough of the people that I've been surrounded with here at Cal. To be working with Peter Wright for as many years as I have and then to be mentored by him and guided by him has been an invaluable experience for which I will always be grateful. To work with the administrators that I've worked with over the years and with all the colleagues that I've been able to consider my friends was something that was completely enriching. The relationships that I've built with student-athletes, former teammates and alums has really made Cal special. I wouldn't be the person I am today without those friendships."
Browne worked with all aspects of the program – from coaching, recruiting and scheduling to budget creation and monitoring, compliance and community engagement – and was instrumental in Cal achieving its many successes throughout his coaching career.
"Tyler's legacy as a player and a coach at Cal is nothing short of remarkable," Wright said. "On a daily basis, he shared his passion for tennis, as well as his fierce loyalty and dedication to our players, team, and the university.
"It's been my absolute pleasure to watch Tyler grow from a high-level junior player, to an outstanding college player, to becoming one of the finest college coaches in the country, earning many titles and coaching awards along the way."
Browne was named the ITA Northwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year last season, in 2019, as well as in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Cal highlights during his tenure included that 2016 NCAA final four campaign, reaching the postseason in every year and putting together the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2017. Since 2008, Browne has worked with seven Cal All-Americans, including professional players Ben McLachlan, Florian Lakat, Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson.
Additionally, Browne aided in the fundraising for the 2014-15 renovation of the Hellman Tennis Complex and in the academic success for the Bears, who recently earned NCAA Public Recognition for the 10th straight year for its perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) and last June achieved its fourth consecutive year with a 100-percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
Browne joined the Cal coaching staff in the 2007-08 season, when he was an undergraduate assistant coach, and helped to direct Cal to a 13-11 record and the second round of the NCAA tournament. Graduating with a degree in sociology in 2008, Browne became a Cal assistant coach in August of 2008 and earned promotion to associate head coach in 2013.
Among his favorite memories from his coaching days, Browne mentioned the clinching match of a 4-3 NCAA second-round victory over Fresno State in 2011 in Berkeley. He was coaching Riki McLachlan in the last match, with McLachlan leading his Bulldog opponent 5-7, 6-4, 5-4 on court six at the Hellman Tennis Complex. But McLachlan, who was about to serve, told Browne he was cramping.
"I say, 'Do you think you can still serve the ball?'" Browne said. "He says, 'Yes, but after that I don't know how much I can do.' I look him in the eye and say, 'You serve and volley every point.' For him, it wasn't even a second thought. For him to get that done – serving at 5-4 in the third set against Fresno State and sending us to the sweet 16 for the first time in my coaching career – was an incredibly special moment for me as a coach. I'll never forget the look in his eye, and there was never a doubt. I not only fell in love with coaching but found the respect I was always looking for from a player-coach perspective."
As a Cal player, Browne posted a 72-59 overall singles record and added 46 doubles victories in four years on the court and was honored with the program's first Golden Bear of the Year award in 2007. The Walnut Creek, California, product was ranked as high as No. 56 in singles and No. 12 in doubles with partner Conor Niland. As a junior, he was selected to the 2006 All-Pac-10 team and received honorable mention in 2007. Browne served as the team captain during the 2006-07 season and was an active member of the Bear Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He will continue to serve as a board member of the Big C Society.
"Tyler and I worked together for the past 17 years, and during that time he consistently demonstrated his class and competitiveness on the court, in the locker room, and on the job," Wright said. "I couldn't be more thankful for what Tyler has contributed to this program and for the friendship and experiences we've shared over the years."