USF promotes Ashley Fisher to head up men's tennis program
USF didn’t have to look far in its search for a new men’s tennis coach.
The school announced Tuesday that assistant Ashley Fisher has been promoted to lead the program, replacing Matt Hill, who resigned last month to take the same position at Arizona State. Fisher joined the program earlier this year following a lengthy career as a touring professional, broadcaster and coach, helping Hill guide the Bulls to their third straight American Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
“Ashley has world-class tennis experience and was a valuable part of one of our most successful men’s tennis seasons in program history last year,” USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement.
“After a national search, it was clear the best person to lead our program forward was right here. Ashley’s combination of high-level coaching and playing experience and rapport with our student-athletes will make him a tremendous leader for our program.”
Fisher, a native of Australia, spent 14 seasons playing on the ATP World Tour. He captured four doubles titles and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2006 and quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2004. Following his career which saw him ranked as high as 19th in doubles, Fisher served as an analyst for FOX Sports, Tennis Channel and ATP Media.
As a head coach on the ATP circuit, Fisher worked with several professionals, such as 2014 Australian Open doubles champion Robert Lindstedt. He also served as a touring tennis professional at The Vinoy Renaissance Golf and Tennis Club in St. Petersburg for six years before coming to USF.
Fisher was also a collegiate standout at TCU, earning All-American honors twice and a No. 1 national ranking in doubles. He concluded his four-year career with the Horned Frogs by reaching the doubles final in the 1996 NCAA Championship.
Jeff Odom, Times correspondent