Brian Newhall will renew his passion for tennis and is returning to the courts as the Head Men's Tennis Coach and Tennis Coordinator for the 2011-12 season.
Newhall is no stranger to Oxy tennis having coached the Occidental men's team for eight seasons starting in 1987 and stepping away as the most successful tennis coach in school history. Newhall also served as the Tennis Coordinator overseeing both programs for over twenty years. In addition, he has been the women's interim Head coach and was an assistant to Dr. Lynn Mehl in 1987 when the Oxy Women finished 3rd in the nation.
Newhall is eager to return to the tennis coaching ranks at Occidental College stating, "I am thrilled to be back on the tennis courts. It's an honor to be a part of SCIAC tennis; it is the best NCAA Division III men's tennis conference in the nation. Oxy has a solid group of returning players. I look forward to increasing our competitiveness, improving our regional ranking and fighting our way into the national rankings."
Newhall has an extensive tennis background, dating back to his childhood. Growing up in Portland, Oregon Newhall comes from a family of tennis players. He was a three-time Portland Interscholastic League City Doubles champion and advanced to the Oregon State High School Tennis Tournament four straight years. He has tournament experience in USTA Junior and Open tennis in the Pacific Northwest Section as a ranked singles and doubles player.
Newhall started teaching tennis at the young age of fifteen in Portland, Oregon and has continued to be involved in the tennis community for the past 35 years running camps, teaching group and private lessons and is currently a USPTA Pro 1. Newhall added some European flavor to his resume having spent two years in Southern France teaching/playing tennis and coaching basketball, before returning back to the United States to continue his coaching career.
Newhall '83 was an American Studies major at Occidental and has a Masters Degree in Education. He and his wife, Amy, Oxy alum/former member of the women's tennis team and Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty at Scripps College, have a 15-year old daughter, Rachel, and nine-year old twins, Emily and David.
"Oxy is a great place to combine high end academics and quality tennis in sunny Southern California.
I am confident that we can put build on the talent that we currently have and add some talent 2012 recruits."