Entering his first season with LSU, Tristan Venables joins the Lady Tigers from the University of Georgia, where he spent the last two years as a volunteer coach for the men’s tennis team.
In 2014, Venables helped lead the Bulldogs to an 18-8 overall record with an 11-1 SEC record, earning them the title of SEC regular season champions. Georgia finished the year ranked No. 9 nationally.
Prior to coaching at Georgia, Venables spent 13 years as the head coach at Wembley Downs Tennis Club in Perth, Western Australia. During his playing career, Venables competed at State League from 1999-2012 and was captain of the team in the National League (now Asian Tennis League) Finals held at the 2012 Australian Open.
Venables attended the University of Denver where he played No. 1 singles and doubles as a freshman in the spring of 1998. While there, the Australian was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates and head coach Rob Oertel.
Venables then moved back to Australia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree of contemporary arts from Edith Cowan University in 2009. He met his wife, Jessica, at Georgia in 2005.