Brown on Bryan:
“Danny has become one of the top assistants in nation. His great work ethic and strong character act as great example to players on how to both work and live. He is a great asset to the program.”
Danny Bryan stepped onto the court as an assistant coach for LSU in 2009, but it was not the first time Bryan stepped onto the court for the Tigers. Bryan served as a volunteer coach in fall 2008 and was a four-year letterman for the Tigers from 2003-07.
As an assistant coach, Bryan is instrumental in one-on-one instruction, and at one of his first tournaments in his new position, Bryan coached former LSU standout Michael Venus in the final match at the D’Novo All-American Championships where Venus became the first Tiger to win the title in the history of the program.
With experience in three different facets of LSU tennis and almost a lifetime geared toward the game, Bryan helped guide the Tigers along with head coach Jeff Brown to another season in the national spotlight during his inaugural year. The team earned a No. 28 billing at the close of 2009 season as well as an NCAA Tournament berth.
Bryan has been a mainstay on the courts of the “Dub” for more than eight years now, but his journey toward LSU began long ago. Tennis runs through his veins, passed down through his father and three uncles that played collegiate tennis, as well as a grandfather that played on the pro circuit.
After cracking the starting lineup his freshman year, he served as a leader both on and off the court. Bryan served as a co-captain for the Tigers his junior and senior seasons, and the New Orleans native made an impact in Louisiana, the Southeastern Conference and the national rankings. Bryan earned First-Team All-Louisiana honors for three consecutive years. In 2007, he earned First-Team All-SEC honors and finished his senior season at No. 40 in the ITA singles rankings and No. 6 in doubles with partner Colt Gaston.
Bryan made an impact on the LSU record books as well. He sits tied at 14th in career singles wins at 84 with LSU greats Dan Kiernan, Gus Fernandez and Jason Hazely. His doubles campaign was no less impressive as he capped his senior season by winning the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships with partner Gaston and captured 110 career doubles win to earn Doubles All-America status.
The culmination of an impressive career on the courts as well as outstanding leadership ability earned Bryan the 2007 ITA National Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Not only did the he shine on the courts, his service work allowed him to shine in the community as well. From 2005-07 Bryan was named to the Southeastern Conference Community service team, and in 2007, his efforts earned him 2007 LSU Male Volunteer of the Year.
Bryan married former LSU gymnast Jade Jenkins on Jan. 2, 2010. They have one son, Parker (4).
The Bryan File
Year at LSU: 7th in 2014-15
Birthdate: Dec. 15, 1985
Birthplace: Lafayette, La.
Years, Capacity, School
2009-present, Assistant Coach, LSU
2006-07 Team Captain
2007 ITA Doubles All-American
2007 First-Team All-SEC
2007 ITA National Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award Winner
2007 First-Team All-Louisiana
2007 SEC Community Service Team
2007 LSU Male Volunteer of the Year
2007 SEC Indoors Doubles Champion
2006 Second-Team All-SEC
2006 SEC Good Works Team
2006 First-Team All-Louisiana
2005 SEC Good Works Team
2005 First-Team All-Louisiana
Four-year letterman (2003-07)