MARSHALL, Texas – A Texas state legend has been hired as the new men’s and women’s tennis coach at East Texas Baptist University in Jeff Bramlett. Bramlett has a rich history of tennis in the State of Texas and will bring his coaching and playing accolades to ETBU continuing to build up the new program starting in January 2014.
"We are looking forward to coach Bramlett coming to East Texas Baptist University. He has been a consistent winner throughout his career and he is a great addition to our coaching staff,” says ETBU’s director of athletics Kent Reeves.
Bramlett’s coaching career has been very successful in high school winning eight Texas 4A State Championships and coaching two boy’s individual and three boy’s doubles teams to state championships. He coached the Alamo Heights Independent School District to eight state championships in 10 years winning championships 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002. In his time at Alamo Heights (1989-2005), he also had 16 boy’s and girl’s individual and doubles teams finish as state runners-up.
He continued his career at Granbury Independent School District (2006-present) where 28 of his players have qualified for the Texas Regional Meet and two for the Texas State Meet. In 2011 and 2012 his team qualified for the regional meet.
Receiving several coaching honors, his biggest honor came in 1997 when he was named the National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches. In that same year he was also given the Texas 4A Tennis Coach of the Year award presented by the Texas Tennis Coaches Association. He has twice been named the regional coach of the year by the National Federation of High School Coaches in 2001 and 2002 and was also the 2008 District 8-4A coach of the year.
“My family and I feel very blessed and very humbled by this opportunity for me to be the next head tennis coach at East Texas Baptist University,” says Bramlett. “I am very excited about the potential of this blossoming program and am looking forward to being a part of this team as it reaches new heights. Everyone that we have met at East Texas Baptist and in Marshall have been so nice, sincere, and genuine which has made us all feel right at home. It is an exciting new chapter in our life and one that I cannot wait to embark upon.”
Growing up with a tennis tradition, the Bramlett family was elected the Texas Tennis Family of the Year in 1981. Bramlett went on to play collegiate tennis at Texas Tech and Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State). He helped Texas State to the 1982 NAIA Team National Championship while also winning the NAIA double national championship. He started his career at Texas Tech playing there two years as the #1 singles player before transferring to Texas State.
After his collegiate play he become a certified USPTA professional in 1983 and by 1988 he was ranked as the top player in Texas in the men’s 25 and over singles and doubles. In 1993 he finished as ranked #2 in the Texas men’s 30 and over doubles and reached the #1 ranking, again, in 1995 for the Texas men’s 35 and over doubles. In 2001, he continued his tennis dominance staying ranked as the top player in the Texas men’s 40 and over doubles.
He has been married for 26 years to his wife, Lori, and they have a son, James (junior at Univ. of Texas), and a daughter, Kate (senior at Granbury ISD). He has earned a bachelor of science in Education and a Master of business administration from Texas State University.
Jeff Bramlett Tennis Resume
1981 - Texas Tennis Family of the Year (Bramlett Family)
- Texas Tech (freshman, sophomore)
- Texas State (junior, senior)
- Ranked in the World Ranking in Doubles in 1984
- Certified USPTA Professional
- #1 – Texas Men’s 25 and Over Singles & Doubles (1988)
- #2 – Texas Men’s 30 and Over Doubles (1993)
- #1 – Texas Men’s 35 and Over Doubles (1995)
- #1 – Texas Men’s 40 and Over Doubles (2001)
- 1997 National High School Coach of the Year (National Federation of High School Coaches)
- 1997 Texas 4A Coach of the Year (Texas Tennis Coaches Association)
- 2001 Regional Coach of the Year (National Federation of High School Coaches)
- 2002 Regional Coach of the Year (National Federation of High School Coaches)
- 2008 Texas District 8-4A Coach of the Year
- 4A Texas State Champions – 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
- 4A Texas State runners-up – 1997
- 4A Texas State Semi-Finals – 2003, 2004
- Texas State Champion – boy’s singles (two players)
- Texas State Champions – boy’s doubles (three teams)
- Texas State runners-up – boy’s singles (five players)
- Texas State runners-up – boy’s doubles (six teams)
- Texas State runners-up – girl’s singles (two players)
- Texas State runners-up – girl’s doubles (three teams)