Cedric Kauffmann

Cedric Kauffman, who’s entering his seventh season at the helm of UK men’s tennis, has led Kentucky to five NCAA Tournament appearances.

As head coach, he has led the Wildcats to top-30 finishes in five of his six seasons – all the last three.

Kauffmann holds an overall record of 108-73 and 37-35 in the Southeastern Conference. He has coached four ITA All-Americans and seven different Wildcats who have accumulated 14 All-SEC honors.

The Wildcats are coming off a 15-12 record in 2018 while going 7-5 in the SEC with signature wins over defending three-time national champion Virginia and seventh-ranked Illinois that helped them achieve a final national ranking of 22. UK reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and placed three on All-SEC teams with Will Bushamuka and Ryotaro Matsumura receiving first-team honors and Trey Yates making the second team. Matsumura was also named an ITA All-American.

UK finished 2017 ranked 29th and advancing as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Led by ITA All-American and first team All-SEC member Will Bushamuka alongside second team All-SEC selections Beck Pennington and Matsumura, Kentucky finished 15-13 on the year and 5-7 in the league.

The Wildcats pieced together 19 wins to go with just 10 losses in 2016. UK finished tied for fourth in the conference at 7-5 and made it as far as the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UK ranked 23rd in the country at the end of the season behind first team All-SEC selection Bushamuka and conference co-freshman and second-team selection Matsumura.

UK went 14-16 and 3-9 in the conference during 2015 with Beck Pennington receiving second team All-SEC honors.

The Wildcats achieved their highest finish in the SEC under Kauffman in 2014, going 9-3 and placing third behind Georgia and Texas A&M. Kentucky was one of two teams in the conference to finish with 20 or more wins after compiling a 23-10 overall record. UK was led by ITA All-American Tom Jomby – who was also a first team All-SEC selection – and second team all-conference member Pennington along with SEC Freshman of the Year Jerry Lopez. UK ultimately reached the Sweet 16, hosting a Lexington Regional.