September 6, 2018

Bryan Koniecko – Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame

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Bryan Koniecko is one of Ohio State tennis’ all-time greats. A five-time All-American, Koniecko finished his career second in school history with 254 combined victories. The Long Island, N.Y., native led his team to four Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. He earned consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year accolades in 2008 and 2009, and after playing No. 1 singles as a freshman, he was named the league’s freshman of the year in 2006. Koniecko was so dominant that he never lost a match at home in his four years.

As a captain in his senior year, Koniecko won the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles title and was ranked No. 1 in the country individually. Ohio State also was ranked No. 1 in the country during his final campaign and he helped lead the team to the program’s first appearance in the national championship match.

After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 2009, Koniecko continued to play at the professional level where he reached an ATP career high ranking of 651 and was ranked in the Top 45 of American tennis players. He earned his first professional title in 2007, winning the ITF professional futures event in Ecuador. He also had the opportunity to compete in 2007 and 2008 U.S. Open qualifying.

Koniecko then jumped into collegiate coaching and has built a strong resume. He started as an assistant coach at Brown University before returning to Ohio State as the associate head coach for the women’s program from 2012-14. He helped recruit every member of the team that made a run to the 2017 NCAA Final Four and won two Big Ten Championships. After two years as head coach at Brown in 2015 and 2016, Koniecko was named the women’s head coach at UCF in 2016 and he has transformed the team into a Top 25 program.