Spencer Promoted to Associate Head Coach
EUGENE, Ore. – Three years into his coaching career with the UO men's tennis team, Arron Spencer has been promoted to associate head coach as announced Tuesday by head coach Nils Schyllander. Spencer, who played for the Ducks (2002-06), returned to Eugene as the team's assistant coach in July 2018.
Over the past three seasons, Spencer has helped guide the Ducks to a 41-22 overall record (.651) and an appearance in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Oregon recorded a 17-7 mark this past season that led to a No. 31 national ranking in the year-end poll, the program's highest finish since 2017.
The Ducks also finished the 2021 season with a pair of national player rankings. Senior Emmanuel Coste checked in at No. 93 in the final singles rankings while Joshua Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele capped the year at No. 38 in the doubles rankings, the highest finish for a UO doubles team since 2016.
For their efforts in 2021, Coste and Charlton both earned spots on the All-Pac-12 Second Team. Oregon ended the year as the No. 2 team in the ITA Northwest region rankings.
With Spencer overseeing the Ducks' recruiting efforts over the past three years, UO is set to return five players from the 2021 team that had at least eight wins including three—Charlton (13-6), Jesper Klöv-Nilsson (18-3) and Quinn Vandecasteele (13-9)—in double figures. Additionally, the Ducks are set to add the support of two transfers in Ivailo Keremedchiev and Avi Shugar.
As a player for the Ducks, Spencer was a team captain and ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in doubles. He helped Oregon to the NCAA Tournament in 2004, just the third appearance in program history. The Eugene native graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a Bachelor's of Science in political science.
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