Position: Head Coach
Robbie Weiss enters his second season as head coach of the Clemson men’s tennis program in the 2020-21 season. Weiss joined the Tigers in 2019 from the University of Alabama where he served as the Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach. During his three-year tenure, Weiss helped the Crimson Tide become one of the premiere programs in the country, maintaining a top-20 ranking for the entire season and achieving a season-high mark of No. 16. In 2018, Weiss helped propel Alabama to the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament and was named Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Weiss also coached No. 4-ranked pair Maza Osama and Patrick Kaukovalta to the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship during his time with the Crimson Tide.
In his first season with the Tigers, Weiss led the program to its first top-50 ranking since 2015 and its first ITA ranking since 2016 as Clemson debuted at No. 45 and climbed all the way to No. 40. The Tigers posted their best winning percentage since the 2014 season despite an abbreviated campaign. Additionally, Weiss’ 2020 recruiting class was ranked No. 2 in the country by tennisrecruiting.net, marking the highest ranking by any incoming Tiger class in program history.
Prior to Clemson, Weiss celebrated a decorated playing career at Pepperdine University from 1985-1988 and earned a pair of All-American honors in 1986 and 1988. In 1988, Weiss claimed the NCAA Singles Championship and was named ITA Player of the Year, maintaining a 55-2 singles record and the No. 1 singles ranking. Prior to Pepperdine, Weiss was a member of the USTA Junior Davis Cup Team from 1984-1986 where he won 13 national junior championships and was runner up in 12 other events. In 1984, Weiss captured the Wimbledon Juniors doubles title.
After college, Weiss continued on to the professional ranks where he earned a title in 1990 at the ATP World Tour 250 Series event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Weiss won three ATP Challenger events while also finishing as a runner-up in four others. Ranked as high as No. 85 in the world during his eight-year career, Weiss defeated four former No. 1 players including Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl and Patrick Rafter. In 2008, Weiss was inducted into the ITA Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame and the Pepperdine University Hall of Fame.
Following his retirement from professional tennis, Weiss was named the Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach at Pepperdine University in 1997. In 1999, Weiss joined the staff at Georgia Tech where he served as Men’s Tennis Assistant coach. Weiss took a step away from coaching in 2002 to serve as Director of Tennis at Olde Towne Athletic Club in Marietta, Ga. and from 2004-2006 he acted as Director of Tennis as Laurel Springs Tennis Club in Suwanee, Ga. After six years away from coaching, Weiss made his return to the college ranks when he was named as the Women’s Tennis Head Coach at Cornell University in 2007.
Robbie is married to Linda Lombard Weiss and has two stepdaughters, Jennifer, 25, and Hannah Regan, 21.
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