Clemson, S.C. — Matt Walters, a Jonesboro native and 2008 graduate of Valley View High School, has been promoted to men’s tennis associate head coach at Clemson University.
The promotion was announced by Head Coach Robbie Weiss on May 29.
“I am very excited to announce that I have promoted Matt Walters from Clemson men’s tennis assistant coach to Clemson men’s tennis associate head coach,” said Weiss. “Matt has done an outstanding job from day one and I feel that he deserves to have the title of associate head coach.
“He has been an integral part of the program from the day he arrived at Clemson and I am incredibly fortunate to work alongside him each day,” Weiss said. “Matt is an outstanding coach and recruiter, but more importantly, he is an outstanding person who makes everyone around him better.”
Walters joined the Clemson men’s tennis staff in June 2019. During the 2019-20 season, he helped guide the program to its best season since 2016. Clemson was ranked as high as No. 40 by the ITA, its first top-50 ranking since 2015, and on Monday the Tigers’ incoming class was ranked No. 2 in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net.
Prior to coaching, Walters played at the University of Arkansas from 2009 to 2012. While with the Razorbacks, Walters was a two-year co-captain of the team while holding a top-50 ranking in doubles.
After finishing up with the Razorbacks, Walters went on to serve as assistant boy’s tennis coach at Fayetteville High School in the fall of 2012. In 2013, Walters opened APEX Tennis Club in Fayetteville where he served as owner, president and head tennis professional.
Following his year and a half stint with APEX, Walters moved to Bradenton, Fla., where he worked at IMG Academy. At IMG Academy, he worked closely with Miomir Keemanovic who won the 2015 ITF Orange Bowl and was the No. 1 ranked junior in the world at the time. Keemanovic is currently ranked No. 58 in the world by ATP.
In 2016, Walters began coaching at Mississippi State University where he served as assistant men’s tennis coach for one season. During his coaching stint with the Bulldogs, Walters coached players on their path to the USTA/ITA singles semifinals and NCAA Championship semifinals while additionally guiding the team to a No. 18 national ranking.