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.
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.