Camp Coaching Staff

Kenny Thorne / Head Coach

Kenny Thorne recorded one of the most successful tennis careers by a player from the state of Georgia, winning seven pro titles and defeating four of the world's top-10 players in the 1990's. As a pro, he achieved his highest singles ranking of No. 121 and a doubles ranking of No. 67.

Charged with building the Georgia Tech tennis program back to the level it was when he was a player, Thorne was named to the newly-created position of Director of Tennis on June 30, 1998, becoming the ninth head coach in Tech men's tennis history.

The Yellow Jackets have reached the NCAA Championship 10 times in his 13 years at the helm. Last year's team finished the year ranked 13th in the nation and reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championship, both high-water marks for Tech tennis under Thorne. Tech's 21 wins last year were the most for the Jackets under Thorne and the second most in the history of the program. As a result, the Tech alum was named the ITA National Coach of the Year

Jeremy Efferding / Assistant Coach

Jeremy Efferding, a former ITA All-American at Texas A&M and ATP professional player, was announced as the assistant coach on the Georgia Tech men’s tennis staff on Aug. 9, 2017.

Since wrapping up his All-American playing career at Texas A&M in 2015, Efferding has played professional tennis on the ATP Tour as well as worked as the student assistant coach on the Texas A&M women’s tennis staff and, most recently, as a fellow in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development program.

Beginning his professional career in the summer of 2015, Efferding competed on the circuit overseas in Greece and Portugal as well as in events in the United States. The 24-year-old has amassed 18 career singles victories and four doubles wins.

Rodney Harmon / Women's Head Coach

Rodney Harmond brings 25 years of player development to the Yellow Jackets with prior experience in both juniors and college tennis, including 17 years as the Director of USTA Men's Tennis.

Harmon was the men's tennis head coach at the University of Miami from 1995 until 1997 where he brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in 1996. Harmon was the 1996 and 1997 Big East Conference Coach of the Year during his time with the Hurricanes.

Harmon left the Hurricanes to re-join the United States Tennis Association training center headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., where he advanced to director of men's tennis. During his tenure at the USTA, Harmon served as the head coach of the U.S. men's tennis team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

He was the 1980 NCAA Doubles champion at Tennessee and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship. After transferring to SMU, Harmon won the 1982 and 1983 Southwest Conference No. 1 singles title. He was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010.

Christy Lynch / Assistant Coach

Lynch, whose maiden name is Striplin, played for the Yellow Jackets from 2005-09 and was a part of one of the most memorable Georgia Tech teams in the history of the program. During her time on the court for the Jackets, Tech won the 2007 NCAA National Championship, four ACC titles and two team National Indoor titles. Lynch helped the Yellow Jackets win the 2007 National Championship by winning all six of her singles matches in the NCAA Championship.

Lynch's name can be seen throughout the Georgia Tech record book. The Birmingham, Alabama native's 117 career singles matches is second all-time at Georgia Tech and her 68 doubles victories ranks 11th on the career list. Lynch recorded 35 singles wins on the way to the 2007 National Championship, which is the sixth-highest seasonal mark in Tech history. As a senior in 2008-09, she aided the Yellow Jackets' fifth straight NCAA round of 16 appearance, and finished off the year with a 30-14 singles record along with a No. 42 national ranking.