Danny Bryan Season 2022-23
Danny Bryan, a former All-American and assistant coach at LSU who earned 2021 ITA Central Region Coach of the Year at Wichita State, has been named the head coach of the LSU Men’s Tennis program, Director of Athletics Scott Woodward announced Tuesday.
Bryan returns to Baton Rouge after six seasons at Wichita State. In 2021, he led the Shockers to their first NCAA at-large berth in a quarter-century and their highest final ranking (37th) since 1983.
A two-time team captain and four-year letterman for the Tigers from 2003-2007, Bryan tallied 194 wins in singles and doubles as a player at LSU, finishing his career among the program’s all-time wins leaders. He was an integral part of three Top-15 teams, reaching as high as No. 3 in the doubles rankings and No. 32 in singles. In 2007, Bryan earned ITA Doubles All-American and First Team All-SEC honors, winning the SEC Indoors Double title. A two-time All-SEC performer, he was the recipient of the 2007 ITA National Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
Following one season as a student-assistant, LSU hired Bryan as an assistant coach in 2008. In eight seasons under head coach Jeff Brown, Bryan coached 10 All-Americans, 14 All-SEC selections, and 14 ITA Scholar Athletes, including 2009 SEC Player of the Year Michael Venus. Four times in Bryan’s eight seasons on staff, LSU finished in the top-30 nationally, and the Tigers reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament six times. In 2013, he was named the Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
At Wichita State, Bryan lead the Shockers to 82 victories in six seasons, reaching in the NCAA Tournament in 2021 on the strength of a 15-9 record, five wins over ranked foes, and a ranking that reached as high as No. 29 during the season. The Shockers’ home victory over No. 22 Memphis in March of 2021 was the program’s first against a top-25 opponent in more than 35 seasons. Under Bryan, Murkel Dellien became the first player in Wichita State history to earn AAC Player of the Year honors in 2021, teaming with fellow All-American Marius Frosa to earn All-American honors. Dellien and Frosa reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament in 2019 and earned the program’s first All-American honors since 1983.
Bryan is the only active collegiate coach with two former players ranked inside the top 20 in the world in doubles: Neal Skupski, who is currently ranked No. 12, and 13th-ranked Venus. A 2008 graduate of LSU, Bryan married former LSU gymnast Jade Jenkins on Jan. 2, 2010, and the couple have two children, Parker and Brooklyn.