LSU assistant coach Danny Bryan (right)
Photo by:Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Simpson, Bryan Receive ITA Regional Honors
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Published: May 15, 2013, 01:56 PM (CT)
by Palmer Black , Student Assistant SID
BATON ROUGE – LSU men’s tennis assistant coach Danny Bryan and sophomore Chris Simpson have been honored by the ITA with regional awards for the Southern Region. Bryan has been named the Assistant Coach of the Year and Simpson has been named Player to Watch.
 
“These are well-deserved awards,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “These awards are voted on by coaches that get to see these guys in action. Danny Bryan is a great coach and is very motivated and very determined to get results. Chris Simpson is certainly a ‘player to watch’ as the award says, and he has been rising steadily through the rankings.”
 
In his fifth year as an assistant coach for LSU, Bryan has helped guide the Tigers to tremendous success, especially this past season. Going 16-12 for the 2013 dual match season, the Tigers are currently ranked No. 20 in the nation and qualified for the NCAA Team Championships where they advanced to the second round.
 
“Danny’s approach is innovative and very disciplined, yet very understanding, and the players really appreciate his input and knowledge,” Brown said.
 
An All-American and team captain during his playing days at LSU, Bryan began his coaching career at LSU as a volunteer coach in 2008 before becoming a full-time assistant coach in 2009. Bryan has helped the Tigers qualify for the NCAA Team Championships in four of his five seasons as an assistant coach.
 
A sophomore from Derby, England, Simpson had a stellar 2013 season, going 12-13 in singles and 9-9 in doubles. Named to the All-SEC Second Team, Simpson took down eight ranked opponents in singles, including a dramatic three-set match-clincher over then-No. 3 Mikelis Libietis – the 2013 SEC Player of the Year – of then-No. 6 Tennessee. Simpson also defeated then-No. 15 Evan King of Michigan 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) on court one in singles.
 
“Chris has had some outstanding wins, including over Evan King, who is the No. 1 seed in the individual singles tournament,” Brown said. “He has led us as a sophomore, so with two more years ahead of him, he is certainly someone to keep an eye on.”
 
Earlier in the year, Simpson competed in the ITA All-American Championships, ITA Southern Regional, Key Biscayne Collegiate Invitational, and won the doubles title at the Conference Challenge with partner Stefan Szacinski in College Station, Texas. He is currently ranked No. 42 in singles and No. 74 in doubles with partner Szacinski.
 
Simpson will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships from May 22-27 in Urbana, Ill., at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center at the conclusion of the NCAA Team Championships.
 
For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men's team on Twitter @lsutennis, and follow head coach Jeff Brown @LSUCoachJBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
 
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