The University of Kentucky promoted associate head coach Cedric Kauffmann to head coach of the men's tennis program on Wednesday.
Kauffmann replaces Dennis Emery, who retired last week after 30 years guiding the program.
Kauffmann has served as an assistant coach since 2005, including his promotion to associate head coach in 2009.
"This is an opportunity that I have dreamed about since I was a student-athlete here at Kentucky," Kauffmann said. "Anyone who spends even a short amount of time with me knows how I feel about the University of Kentucky, and I am committed to work tirelessly to keep our program as one of the best in college tennis."
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The native of Montsoult, France, has strong ties to the university after graduating from UK with a degree in finance in the late 1990s. During his four-year stint as a student-athlete at Kentucky, Kauffmann was a three-time singles All-American and three-time All-SEC performer.
After his college career ended, Kauffmann began a professional career, playing in two Grand Slam events in the 2000 U.S. Open and the 2001 French Open. During his 2001 French Open appearance, Kauffmann battled legendary tennis star Pete Sampras in a first-round five-set thriller. Kauffmann reached No. 170 in the ATP before leaving the professional ranks.