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Tom Rees

Position: Associate Head Coach

Tom Rees joined the Clemson staff in June 2023 under head coach Boomer Saia. Most recently, he served as Head Coach at Incarnate Word where he led the program to its two best seasons in school history.

Rees played collegiately at UNC Asheville from 2009-2012 before playing on the ITF professional circuit from 2012-16. During that time, he also served as the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at University of North Georgia from 2012-14 and the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at University of Illinois Springfield.

Following his professional playing career, he accepted the head coaching position of the men’s and women’s teams at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He led both teams to their first ever national rankings.

In 2019, he became the assistant women’s tennis coach at Kansas State until June, 2021 when he took over as the head women’s tennis coach at Incarnate Word. There, he won the 2022 ITA Texas Regional Doubles Title to qualify for nationals, while also coaching the Southland Conference Player, Freshman and Newcomer of the Year.

At Kansas State, Rees helped lead the Wildcats to as high as No. 38 in the college rankings; K-State also turned in the 25th-ranked recruiting class in 2021.

Prior to Kansas State, Rees was the head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Lenoir-Rhyne from 2016-19, leading both teams to their first national rankings in school history. He guided multiple student-athletes to national rankings and All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) selections, while also leading the team to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic award and ITA Southeast Region community service awards.

Rees spent two summers (2017 and 2018) as an ATP Tour coach, leading Rubin Statham to a New Zealand No. 1 ranking and a top-300 ATP Pro ranking. He also guided Marcos Giron to a top-75 ATP Pro ranking.

As a head coach of both men’s and women’s programs at Illinois-Springfield from 2014-2016, Rees recruited the eventual 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Women’s Freshman of the Year and guided both the men’s and women’s teams to program-high win totals.

From 2012-14, Rees played on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) professional circuit in tournaments across Europe and the U.S.

He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at North Georgia in 2012. There, he helped the men’s program to a No. 23 national ranking and a spot in the NCAA Championships, while also setting a new program high in wins totals on the women’s side. Rees coached multiple All-Americans, nationally ranked student-athletes and all-conference selections en route to being named the 2014 ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Rees earned a Bachelor’s in French with a minor in management and cum Laude honors at the University of North Carolina-Asheville in 2012. He obtained his Master’s in Public Administration in 2014 at North Georgia.

Rees was a three-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, leading the team to a second-place finish in the Big South Conference. He was a Big South All-Conference selection and the league’s No. 2 doubles champion.

Prior to UNC-Asheville, Rees played one season at Tusculum University in the No. 1 singles and doubles flights, helping the Pioneers to a No. 28 national ranking and the SAC Tournament finals.