Press Release University of Arkansas:
Arkansas men's tennis head coachAndy Jackson announced the hiring of assistant coach Nestor Briceno on Friday.
"We are very pleased tobegin working with Nestor," Coach Jackson said. "He is a very hard working andintelligent young man, and obviously he has a world class tennis background. Wehad a very productive four years together at Florida both on and off the court.I have a great deal of respect for Nestor having watched him mature and growand succeed as a player and a student, and we are confident he can help our student-athletesat Arkansas achieve on and off the court at the highest level. He will be oneof the best young coaches in the nation."
Briceno most recently worked asassociate head coach with George Washington University while pursuing his MBA.He also served as associate head coach at Princeton University during the2008-09 season.
"I am very grateful andexcited for the opportunity Coach Jackson and the University of Arkansasathletic department has afforded me," Coach Briceno said. "It's great to beback in the SEC and be part of one of the nation's premier sportsprograms."
Briceno will reconnect with CoachJackson, his coach during his undergraduate years at the University of Florida.Briceno is a graduate of the University of Florida, the University of AlabamaSchool of Law and is finishing his MBA from George Washington University.Briceno won the National Clay Court Championships as a junior and was rankedthe No. 1 U.S. junior each age group. He is also a Davis Cup Invitee, EddieHerr Invitational finalist and US Open Jr. Championship participant. Bricenospeaks three languages, Spanish, Portuguese and English, and is well travelledacross the globe.
While at Florida, each of histeams finished as a top 10 ranked team with the 2005 team reaching the NCAATournament semifinal. The Gators also won the 2005 SEC regular seasonchampionship and finished second in the 2008 SEC tournament. Briceno served asa three-year team captain for the Gators, finishing with 104 singles careerwins, ranked fifth in Florida history, and 170 combined singles and doublescareer wins, eighth-most in Florida history.
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