Charleston Tennis Camp
Head Men's Tennis Coach
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Alma Mater: Virginia Tech
Graduating Year: 2001
Jay Bruner is in his fifth season as head coach of the College of Charleston men's tennis team.
His four-year run has seen the Cougars rise from a two-win Southern Conference campaign his first year to their first-ever undefeated 10-0 SoCon regular season in 2010 and a runner-up finish in the SoCon Tournament in 2011.
Along with the program's regular season title in 2010, Bruner led junior Lukas Koncilia to his first Southern Conference Player of the Year award in his second season with the Cougars. Koncilia became only the second player in school history to earn this prestigious recognition. Bruner was also honored with SoCon Coach of the Year honors for the 2009-10 campaign.
The road to the SoCon Tournament in 2010 was historic for the Cougars under Bruner's guidance. The Cougars had two significant wins over ranked opponents at home, defeating ACC opponent and No. 67-ranked Boston College and No. 74-ranked East Carolina in the same week. These wins and a 6-0 run boosted the Cougars into the Campbell/ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings at No. 60. CofC also hosted SEC opponent and No. 14-ranked Ole Miss at Patriots Point - the highest-ranked opponent to ever travel to Charleston under Bruner. With his guidance, the Cougars picked up their first-ever undefeated SoCon regular season going 10-0 with an overall record of 16-4.
In addition to Player of the Year honors, Koncilia and sophomore Mickael Trintignac were both named to the All-Southern Conference First Team in singles, while Koncilia and sophomore Tom Delme were First Team selections in doubles and Trintignac and junior Mickael Boyer were Second Team selections playing at No. 3 doubles. Boyer earned Second Team honors for singles as well.
Trintignac headlined the award winners as he was named SoCon Player of the Week a program-best three time. His four weekly career selections is the most of any Cougar in school history. The doubles pairings of Koncilia and Delme and Trintignac and Boyer were both recognized at the end of the season with ITA Carolina Regional rankings in doubles at No. 9 and No. 10 respectively. Koncilia also picked up his first regional singles ranking at No. 20, to top off his exceptional year under Bruner.
During the 2008-09 season, Bruner led the Cougars to six wins over the team's final nine matches to finish with an 11-14 overall record. The Cougars picked up their first win over a ranked opponent of the year defeating No. 67-ranked ASU. Charleston reached the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament with wins over Chattanooga and an upset of Wofford. Two of Bruner's recruits in 2009 helped make up the SoCon All-Freshmen Team, Tom Delme and Mickael Trintignac.
In his first season as head coach in 2007-08, the Cougars posted an 8-17 overall mark. The team started off the spring season with a national ranking and was represented for the first time at the qualification rounds of the ITA All-American Championships with Omer Abramovich earning a preseason ITA individual ranking. During the year, the Cougars dropped six matches by one-point decisions. Abramovich was named to the All-Conference First Team in singles, while Abramovich and Steven Myers were selected to the All-Conference Second Team for their doubles performance.
Bruner began his collegiate coaching career at CofC in 2005 as the assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis programs. In the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, both teams ranked third and second, respectively, in the Southern Conference.
Bruner previously worked as the head professional at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and as an associate professional at the Family Circle Tennis Facility on Daniel Island, S.C.
Originally from Richmond, Va., Bruner graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 after playing four varsity seasons for the Hokies. He served as co-captain of the team his junior and senior seasons and helped lead the Hokies to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1999. Bruner was a two-time recipient of the coaches award at Va. Tech and received most valuable player and most improved honors.
Bruner holds the highest level of certification from the United States Professional Tennis Registry. He is married to Lee Perrin Bruner, also of Richmond, Va., and they have two children, Freddy and Perrin, and reside on Johns Island, S.C.
THE BRUNER FILE
- 2010 Southern Conference Coach of the Year
- Two-Time Southern Conference Regular-Season Championships (2010 and 2011)
- 2011 Southern Conference Tournament Runner-Up
2007-08: 8-17 (.320)
2008-09: 11-14 (.440)
2009-10: 16-4 (.800)
2010-11: 17-6 (.739)
TOTALS: 52-41 (.559)
Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach
Arron Spencer is in his first season as an assistant coach for the reigning Southern Conference champion College of Charleston men's and women's tennis programs.
Spencer joins the Cougars' staff after coaching and developing juniors and adults of all levels locally in the Charleston area from 2007-09. He mentored a former Peach State Classic singles champion and two Copper Bowl doubles champions. Prior to his time in the Lowcountry, Spencer served as a head tennis professional at the Albany Tennis Club in Albany, Ore.
"We are excited to have Arron and his wife, Lauren, back in Charleston where they met and were married," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "Arron's technical eye for the game is second to none. I will lean on his doubles knowledge extensively and know he will be a gem on the recruiting trail for us with his outstanding personality."
A philanthropist, Spencer is the co-founder and director of Positive Change Project, Inc., a 501c3 organization (www.thepositivechangeproject.org) which strives to make a positive change in the world by supplying those in need with basic necessities of life, like food, water and shelter. In the organization's first year, it successfully raised funds to implement a feeding scheme and garden program in Sada, South Africa.
Originally from Eugene, Ore., Spencer played collegiate tennis at the University of Oregon from 2002-06 and was a member of the 2004 NCAA Tournament squad. He was ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in the ITA doubles rankings and closed out his four-year career ranked fifth all-time in school history in individual doubles victories and third all-time in single-season doubles victories.
"I am incredibly thankful to Coach Anastopoulo and Coach (Jay) Bruner for inviting me to join their staff," Spencer said. "I am excited to join the College of Charleston family, get settled in and start working with our student-athletes."
Off the court, he was named team captain for the Ducks during his senior campaign, served as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) vice president and was elected by his fellow peers to represent the U of O at the Pac-10 SAAC Conference. Spencer also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Miracle Network as well as multiple student-athlete functions working with children in the Eugene-Springfield community.
A four-time Midwestern League champion, going undefeated all four years, Spencer led Sheldon High School to the program's first state championship title in 2001. He was named Freshman Athlete of the Year by the Eugene Register Guard and was an accomplished junior tennis player ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest region in 18's, ranked among the top 70 in the nation in singles in 16's and No. 5 in the nation in doubles in 14's. Spencer was also a National Hard Courts doubles finalist and National Clay Courts doubles semifinalist.
A 2007 Oregon graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in business, Spencer is married to the former Lauren Vehorn of Queenstown, South Africa, and the couple currently resides in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. He enjoys wakeboarding, surfing and watching college football in his spare time.