Tristan Venables of Perth, Australia, will join the LSU women’s tennis team as an assistant coach starting July 1, head coach Julia S. Sell announced on June 12, 2014.
Venables comes to LSU from the University of Georgia, where he served as a volunteer coach for the men’s tennis team for two years. In 2014, he helped lead the Bulldogs to an 18-8 overall record with an 11-1 SEC record that earned them the title of SEC regular season champions. The team finished the year with a final ranking of No. 9.
Prior to coaching at Georgia, Venables spent 13 years as a head coach at Wembley Downs Tennis Club in Perth, Western Australia. He played 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 played on court 1 in both singles and doubles as a freshman at the University of Denver in the spring of 1998. While there, the Australian was voted MVP by his teammates and head coach Rob Oertel.
Venables then moved back to Australia, where he earned a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts degree from Edith Cowan University in 2009. He met his wife, Jessica, on Georgia’s campus in 2005.