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.
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.
With the Brazilian National Team, he claimed gold medals at the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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.
King starred for Tech from 2008-12 and graduated with highest honors in mechanical engineering in 2012. During his time on The Flats, King paired with doubles partner and current volunteer assistant coach Juan Spir reaching the preseason No. 1 ranking during the 2011-12 season. During his time as a professional he beat the former world No. 3 singles player Grigor Dimitrov at the Atlanta Open and he competed in all four grand slam tournaments during his career.
King is one of the most decorated players in Tech’s men’s tennis program. He is in the top 10 in singles career wins for all matches (84), career wins for dual matches (56), season wins in all matches (28, 2011-12), and season wins in dual matches (19, 2010-11). During King’s senior year, he ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation in singles. King ranks second all-time in career wins for doubles trailing only Spir. King and Spir spent three years together as a doubles pairing at Tech. The duo won 66 matches together over three seasons.
Alexis Casati joined the Georgia Tech women’s tennis program as assistant coach in September 2020. She arrived on The Flats after a stay at SMU.
Casati spent last season at SMU as a volunteer coach where she helped the Mustangs to a 9-5 record (2-1 American) before the season was shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. SMU opened the season with a six-match win streak under first-year head coach Jeff Nevolo and was capped with Jackie Nylander earning Texas Region Rookie of the Year honors.
Prior to arriving at SMU, Casati served as the assistant coach at Western Michigan for two seasons. During her stint with the Broncos, Casati tutored four student-athletes to all-MAC honors, and helped guide WMU to an impressive 2018-19 season, finishing third in the MAC after recording only two conference wins in 2017-18. WMU turned in a 12-11 overall record in 2018, its best mark since 2016, and went 11-3 at home.