Release courtesy of Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics and Recreation Jennifer S. Baker has announced the hiring of Brendan Kincaid as the University's head men's tennis coach. Kincaid becomes the 17th head coach in program history and brings nine years head coaching experience to Baltimore.
"Brendan emerged early on from a highly talented pool because of his drive, commitment to excellence, and record of success as a head coach," said Baker. "It is clear that he is able to get the best from his student-athletes athletically, while also keeping his focus on their holistic development and fully supporting their academic aspirations. His strategic approach to growing a program and sustaining success is impressive, and I'm thrilled he'll be leading our men's tennis program as we start this next chapter."
Kincaid comes to Homewood after three years as the head men's tennis coach at Haverford College. In his first season with the Fords, he led the team to a 13-8 record, including 7-2 in the Centennial Conference (CC), a berth in the conference semifinals and was named the CC Coach of the Year. His team was 1-2 when the 2020 season was cancelled and went 1-0 in a shortened 2021 season. Kincaid coached the 2018 CC Player of the Year as well as seven all-conference selections. His 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes were ranked in the top-25 in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net.
"I would first like to thank Jennifer Baker, Al Lattell, and the search committee for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of Hopkins' storied athletic program," Kincaid said. "I look forward to working with some of the most talented student-athletes in the country and creating a positive environment for our athletes and the alumni. I'm really excited to take on the challenge and ready to get to work!"
Prior to Haverford, Kincaid spent six seasons as the head men's tennis coach at Goucher College, where he quickly turned the Gophers' program around. Goucher had won just two matches the year before his arrival and had never won a conference title. In his third season (2015), he guided the Gophers to the Landmark Conference championship match and their first double-digit win season since 2004. In 2016, Kincaid led Goucher to the Landmark Championship as well as the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a 20-win season. The Gophers added Landmark titles and NCAA Tournament trips in 2017 and 2018.
The winningest coach in program history, Kincaid turned in an 86-53 (.618) record at Goucher, including a 73-27 (.730) mark in his final four seasons. He earned Landmark Coach of the Year honors in 2016 and coached two conference Players of the Year, three Rookies of the Year, and 33 all-conference selections.
Kincaid began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Salisbury University, his alma mater, in August 2008. In four seasons with the Sea Gulls, he helped the men's and women's programs to a combined 107 wins, as well as eight Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) title match appearances. He coached a total of 75 All-CAC selections as well as three Rookies of the Year and the 2009 Player of the Year. In addition, Kincaid mentored an All-American doubles pair and was named the ITA Atlantic South and National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010.
Kincaid was a decorated player for Salisbury and played number one singles and doubles in each of his four seasons. He was a three-time First Team All-CAC selection in singles and doubles and was named the 2005 CAC Rookie of the Year. As a senior, he earned All-America honors in singles and was selected the ITA Atlantic South Senior Player of the Year. Kincaid was ranked as high as 20th in the nation in singles and 17th in doubles in his career. He graduated from Salisbury in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. At the time of his graduation, he was the program's all-time wins leader in singles and doubles with more than 100 combined wins.