Former All-American and touring pro Ben Rogers has returned to the Tennessee men's tennis program as the volunteer assistant coach for his first season.
Rogers, who lettered at Tennessee from 2004-07, has been playing on the professional tennis circuit the last three years and has won six Futures doubles titles. He has also been serving as an ATP touring professional at the Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy in Knoxville.
"We've had a wonderful tradition of great volunteer assistants, and it's continuing with the addition of Ben to our staff," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "He's an All-American here, but he's also won at the pro level. His experience is something we're fortunate to have."
Rogers, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., was an All-American and All-SEC performer for the Vols in 2005. He posted 49 career wins in singles and 86 in doubles, which ranks eighth in career doubles wins at Tennessee.
"My first year at Tennessee, I had the privilege of coaching him his senior year," Winterbotham said. "Not only does he have incredible work ethic, he has a passion for tennis as well. He brings a great energy to the tennis courts and we're excited that he's back."
As a touring professional, Rogers has been ranked as high as No. 487 in doubles in the ATP rankings. He captured one of his doubles titles earlier this summer in Vero Beach, Fla., with former Vol John-Patrick Smith.
Now, Rogers is steering his career toward coaching and working with Winterbotham and associate head coach Chris Woodruff, who have led the Vols to two SEC regular season titles, an SEC tournament championship and an NCAA finals appearance in the last three years.
"I'm really looking forward to being back at Tennessee and back in college tennis," Rogers said. "There's just something special about it that can't be replicated anywhere else. It's about the team and not yourself. I'm looking forward to building these guys up. I want them to get better and help in any way I can."