Matt Emery named UK tennis assistant coach

August 14, 2012 

UK Volunteer Assistant tennis coach Matt Emery talked to player Grant Roberts during practice at the HIlary J. Boone Tennis Center on UK's campus in Lexington, Ky. Monday May 7, 2012. Matt Emery, former star tennis player at University of Kentucky as well as a volunteer assistant, was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 28. He also is the son of UK tennis coach Dennis Emery. UK is having its best tennis season in school history and the father and son are dealing with Matt's cancer every day. The prognosis is good, although it has recurred in his lung and is requiring chemotherapy. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Former University of Kentucky tennis player Matt Emery has joined Cedric Kauffmann's staff as an assistant, the Wildcats' new head coach announced Tuesday.

Emery, the son of former longtime UK coach Dennis Emery, served as a volunteer assistant for the Cats last season.

"Matt was born to be a collegiate coach with his ability to relate to players and his endless knowledge of the game of tennis," Kauffmann said. "Matt has incredible experience after serving as a volunteer assistant with us last year and a very successful stint as an assistant coach at Maryland. We are both alumni of this great university and know what it means to wear Kentucky across your chest."

Emery played for the Cats from 2001-05, helping UK to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons.

Emery ended his career with 58 singles wins and 36 doubles wins.

"It's an honor to return to my alma mater and have the privilege of contributing to a program and university which has played such an important role in my life," Emery said.

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