Bryan Shelton

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Bryan Shelton is a former tennis player who played collegiality for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from 1985 to 1988. [1] He was the coach of the Yellow Jacket women’s tennis program during 2000. When he first returned to his Alma Mater, the tennis team had not even won NCAA title. He is the first coach in Georgia Tech Tennis Athletic history to guide a team to a national title. [2] He also received the ITA National Coach of the year in 2007. He received the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year award four times. [3] He was also a professional tennis player starting in 1989. Shelton attended Randolph school for high school. Before his vocation as a coach, Bryan Shelton was also a professional tennis player who began his career in 1989. He attended Georgia Tech as an industrial engineering major coming in with a Tennis Scholarship and graduated in 1988. As a coach, Bryan Shelton not only brought the women’s tennis team to victory, he also coached bright young stars like Amanda McDowell, a sophomore, to win NCAA Individual titles. [4]


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Early Life

Bryan Shelton was born December 22, 1965 in Huntsville, Alabama. [5] Shelton attended Randolph school for high school. Shelton began playing Tennis at a young age, but his life changed when USPTA Master Professional Bill Tym became his coach.[6] He began coaching Shelton when he was thirteen years old. Shelton jokingly described Tym’s regime as being "I thought I knew what hard work was - I didn’t have a clue." [7] Shelton began to grow thanks to the contributions of Tym’s guidance.

College Life & Playing Career

As stated before, Bryan Shelton came to Georgia Tech with a scholarship and his career immediately took off as he was named All-ACC in his freshman year in singles tennis. He even won the 1985 ACC championship in singles and topped that with the doubles title in 1986. [8] He continued to receive the All-ACC throughout the rest of his time at Tech. He also received the title of All-American, which is a very prestigious title. He began his professional career in 1991 earning the singles title at the Hall of Fame Championships in single.[9] He continued the streak and got the doubles title in 1992. He even got to the fourth round of Wimbledon in 1994 before losing to Christian Bergstrom in five sets. Shelton even won against the then number two ranked player Michael Stich. He described the win as “being on top of the world.”[10] In 1993, Bryan Shelton was given the honor of being inducted in to the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. After he retired from professional play in 1997, Bryan Shelton began coaching MaliVai Washington, a youthful prospect that managed to make it to the finals of the 1996 Wimbledon. He stopped coaching him after he became a USTA National Coach. He worked with the USTA and assisted in developing the skills and the talents of prospective players from the southeast of North America. [11]

Playing Records

Bryan Shelton won four major titles throughout his professional career. His first title was won in July 8th 1991 in Newport, USA.[12] He won the following year also at the same place while successfully defending his title. He placed as a finalist in the 1993 title match against Jacco Eltingh. He was also a doubles finalist in the Newport title championship in 1990.[13] He was partnered with Todd Nelson and he lost to Darren Cahill and Mark Kratzmann in two sets. His other two titles were for doubles with different partners. His first doubles title was won with Francisco Montana in February 21th 1994. His second double’s title was won with Patrick Rafter in December 1996. He participated in the Australian Open from 1991 to 1996, taking a break in 1995. He was also a part of the French Open from 1992 to 1995. [14]Bryan played at Wimbledon from 1989 to 1995, taking a break in 1991. In total, Bryan Shelton participated in twenty three Grand Slams throughout the course of his career. He unfortunately did not win any of them, but he did have a presence as a strong and respectable player. [15]

Coaching Career

In July 1999, Shelton became the tennis coach for the Georgia Tech yellow Jackets women’s team, taking over for Sue Hutchinson. [16] Shelton described coming back to Georgia Tech as coming back to “[his] home base.” In his first season, he managed to get the team to make it to their first NCAA tournament. In 2002, Shelton won the ACC Coach of the Year for his third season. [17] His leadership and teamwork managed to get the team to second round of the NCAA tournament for two years. His presence in the team allowed him to attract a lot of new talent, like Kristi Miller, whose presence brought much fame to the Jackets. She was named the 2005 ACC Rookie of the year. [18] That year, Tech managed to beat out North Carolina, Miami and Florida State for their first conference title. [19] They went on to win two more years in a row, ranking tenth for the first time in the 2005 season. In 2007, the team went on to win the Indoor National Championships against Stanford. They won the title again in 2008 against North Carolina.

Star Players under Bryan

Due to Shelton’s success in the professional field, he managed to bring in a lot of young talent from the recruiting class including Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray. Every year, Shelton was able to bring in at least one five-star recruit. The 2006 class included Kristen Flower, Amanda McDowell and Amanda Craddock, followed by Noelle Hickey, Hillary Davis and Irina Falconi in 2007 and 2008. These new recruits only added a new dynamic to the tennis team. Although the team did lose Kristen Flower and Maya Johansson to Ohio and UCLA respectively, they continued to work hard towards their goals of getting new championship titles.

Coaching Methods

Before Shelton came to Georgia Tech, the tennis team was not performing at their potential. When he began coaching, he knew that he had to change the team around to get them to where they were at their peak with Shelton.[20] He began by getting the team physically fit for the training. He then tried to instill a good work ethic into them. He said that “as a player, [he] was someone that always put in the extra time and effort and did a lot of things that other players weren’t willing to do.” [21] He also tried to make them a serving presence on the field which really helps in being dynamic in playing styles when needed. Finally, Shelton tried to set across the message of how important hard work is in the tennis field and in life. Shelton explains his essential message in the following quote, he describes his work ethics those of the women’s tennis team.

“If you continue to work hard and continue to do the right things and continue to do the right things, eventually good things will happen. I think that’s the message that I always want to get across to our young players.” [22]

Coaching Awards

Throughout his coaching career, Bryan won multiple awards for his efforts as a coach. In 2007, he won the USTA/ITA National Coach of the Year award. He also won the ACC Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008. [23] Bryan continued his string of awards by earning the 2005 and 2006 ITA South Region Coach of the year. He was also inducted into several Halls Of Fame from different departments of Georgia Tech athletics and in a local area.[24] In 1993, he was inducted into the Georgia Tech hall of Fame and in 2002, he was instated into the Georgia Tennis hall of Fame. [25]In 2006, he was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison Country Hall of Fame. He achieved monumental success in his career as a tennis coach.

Source Summary

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