Coach Bartlett is in his first season at the helm of King College Tennis Program. Chrispian "Chris" Bartlett is a native of Asheville, NC and graduated from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC in 1998 with a degree in English/Communications and played varsity tennis for three years, after a transfer from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC after the university dissolved the men's program.
As a former NCAA Division I and II college player and former men's and women's coach for Lees-McRae College, Chris is no stranger to collegiate tennis. As a sophomore for Lees-McRae College, Chris earned the MVP Award for the 1996 season, playing number 1 singles and doubles. As a senior in 1998 for the Bobcats, Bartlett's singles match decided the victory for the team's CVAC Championship, sending them to the NCAA Nationals in Springfield, Missouri. With an overall 21-1 record, The Bobcats finished 19th in the nation that year, losing to Florida Southern University at the NCAA D2 Nationals. More recently, Bartlett has been ranked as high as 5th in NC (Men's 25 division) and has maintained a men's open ranking in NC and the southern section of the USTA for the past few years.
As a former college coach, Bartlett led the LMC men's team to a 18-4 record for the 2005 season and a CVAC Conference Final, featuring the 5th ranked NCAA Divisoin II Doubles team and two singles players with national rankings. Bartlett will complete PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) Certification this fall and has served as an assistant professional at The Echo Farms Country Club in Wilmington, NC. Bartlett was involved in USTA League Tennis for many years (4.5/5.0 Men's Singles and 9.0 Mixed Doubles) in Wilmington, North Carolina and instrumental is the success of a 'grassroots' junior tennis intiative with The GWTA (Greater Wilmington Tennis Association) partnered with the USTA.
Coach Bartlett brings a passion for college tennis and the desire to once again see King College Tornado Tennis reach the top 20 nationally in the NAIA.