Sydney Bwayla is in his fourth season as the tennis coach at Barton Community College. Bwayla, a former Davis Cup player and captain for Zambia, played at Barton from 2000-02.
During his past four seasons, Bwayla has turned the Cougar tennis program into a formidable one. The men's team has placed at the National Tournament all 4 years with a high of 4th in 2005. This past season the Cougars finished 8th at the NJCAA Tournament. The 2007 women’s squad finished 9th in the nation––the highest finish in Cougar tennis history for the women. In 2007 both the men and women won the Region VI title.
Bwalya was named Wilson ITA NJCAA Coach of the Year in 2007. He was inducted into the Barton Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He was featured by the USTA during Black History Month in 2007.
Bwalya had a stellar Barton career, helping the Cougars qualify for the NJCAA National Championships, where Barton earned runner-up for its effort. During his two seasons at Barton, Bwalya finished in the Top 10 singles and Top 4 doubles in the NJCAA national polls and earned himself two All-American titles.
In the fall of 2002, he moved on the Washburn University where he played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Ichabods. He earned All-Conference and All-Region accolades in singles and doubles. His highest ranking at the NCAA Division II level was No. 45 singles and No. 20 in doubles.
Before taking over the reigns of Barton’s men’s and women’s tennis programs, Bwalya was a Graduate Assistant with the Ichabods from 2004-05.
A native of Mufulira, Zambia, Bwalya is a member of the USTA and certified Associate Professional by the United States Professional Tennis Registry.