Former Ohio State standout Bryan Koniecko was inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame on September 7, 2018.
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. In addition to his accolades, Koniecko was so prolific on the court that he never lost a home match in his tenure at Ohio State.
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. 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.
After graduating in 2009 with a bachelor of arts, Koniecko continued his career playing 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 has also found success at the coaching level. Starting his career as an assistant at Brown University, Bryan returned to Ohio State as an associate head coach for the women’s team in 2012 where he played a pivotal role in the recruiting of the squad that won two Big Ten Championships and made an appearance at the 2017 Final Four. After spending two years as head coach at Brown from 2015-16, Bryan was named the women’s head coach at UCF where he has transformed the team into a Top 25 program.