Francis Sargeant Joins Cal Men’s Tennis Coaching Staff
BERKELEY – Francis Sargeant has joined the California men's tennis program as an assistant coach, Peter Wright, Cal's Director of Men's Tennis, announced Friday.
A former player at BYU, Sargeant spent the last several seasons coaching at Stanford.
"We're excited to welcome Francis to the Cal family as he brings a wealth of international experience and knowledge as a player and a coach," Wright said. "His remarkable success as a junior and college player coupled with spending the last six years coaching and training elite college players and ATP/WTA pros make him uniquely qualified to help our team thrive as we prepare for the season ahead."
Sargeant was an assistant coach for the Stanford men's team in 2020-21, when he helped lead the Cardinal to the second round of the NCAA tournament, and he served as an assistant coach for the Stanford women in 2019-20. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the Cardinal men over the previous three years. Sargeant began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant for the Memphis men's team in 2015-16, when the Tigers reached the NCAA tournament.
The England native played at BYU from 2012-15, ending his collegiate career with 91 singles wins. Sargeant earned All-WCC second-team honors twice and was named to the all-conference first team in doubles in the 2013 season. He graduated with a degree in sociology in 2015 and with two ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. In 2010 and 2011, he was the top-ranked U18 player in the United Kingdom.
"First and foremost, I'm really excited to be working alongside coach Peter, working with such amazing players and working within a program as prestigious as Cal's," Sargeant said. "To say that I am grateful for this opportunity is a big understatement.
"Lastly, I would be remiss to not acknowledge those who have helped me develop along the way. Paul (Goldstein) and Brandon (Coupe, the Stanford men's head coach and associate head coach, respectively), Lele (Forood, Stanford's women's head coach) and Paul (Goebel, the Memphis men's head coach) — I can't thank you all enough. I cannot wait to get on Cal's campus and get working. Go Bears!"