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Ross Brown
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Rockhampton, Australia
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Ross Brown, who has 19 years of college head-coaching experience, is in his second season at the helm of the Austin Peay men and women’s tennis programs.

Brown’s first season in Clarksville was a huge success. In addition to taking the women’s team back to the OVC Tournament, Brown led the men’s squad to its first OVC Championship since 1974 and its first NCAA Tournament berth. His charges earned four all-OVC honors, including three first-team berths (Sean Bailey, Jasmin Ademovic, Dimitar Ristovski).

Brown served as men’s head coach at Evansville from 1991-2001 before moving to become Southern Indiana men’s coach from 2001-08. He left the coaching profession after the 2008 season to serve as Fujairah Tennis and Country Club general manager in United Arab Emirates for two and a half years.

As a college head coach, Brown led Southern Indiana to the 2005 Great Lakes Valley Conference tennis championship with a 23-6 record, which earned him conference Coach of the Year accolades. He also coached Joe Epkey to the Division II National Championship match.

During his Evansville career, Brown’s teams recorded more than 100 victories. He was named the 1994 Midwest College Coach of the Year.

In his time at Fujairah Tennis and Country Club he helped expand membership from 105 to 805. He also served as Director of the Maktoum Championships, the second largest sporting event during Ramadan in the U.A. E.

He also has served as co-owner and head professional at Advantage Court and Fitness in Evansville from 1997-2005. Prior to that, he served as Competitive Edge and Junior Camp Director at the John Newcomb Tennis Ranch in Australia back in the mid-1980s.

His college coaching background has been on the men’s side, but Brown has coached several junior women tennis players at both Fujairah and Advantage, in particular Stephanie Hazlett, who won five national junior United States Tennis Association Titles and later played at Florida. He also coached Indiana and Kentucky High School champions. Brown is a member of the Paris Junior College Hall of Fame and received the prestigious McLemore Cup (given to the most valuable player of all sports at PCJ) in 1979.

In addition his two daughters, Bayley (Lewis College) and Brittany (Kansas/Evansville) went on to play college tennis.  
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