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.
Jeremy Efferding, a former ITA All-American at Texas A&M and ATP professional player, enters his second year as the assistant coach on the Georgia Tech men’s tennis team after being announced 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.
While in the USTA Player Development program, Efferding was able to work alongside the top national coaches and junior players in the country, receiving training in coaching, mental and physical strength and conditioning, and film review when traveling and coaching at professional events.
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.