B.S., University of Mississippi
Kemper Baker enters his first season at the helm of the Monarchs in 2016 after serving as the head coach of the Coastal Georgia men's and women's tennis teams since 2013.
A native of Richmond, Va., Baker is a 1997 graduate of the University of Mississippi. He attended graduate school at Samford University, where he played two years for the men’s tennis program before becoming an assistant coach with the Bulldogs men’s and women’s teams in 1999.
In 2002, Baker was promoted to head coach for the men’s team and spent nine years with the Bulldogs, leading the team to three conference championships and two NCAA tournament berths.
Baker’s 2005 and 2006 teams finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The 2005 team was the OVC team champion after going 8-0 in conference play and Baker was named conference coach of the year following the season.
In 2007 and 2008, Baker brought two Top 25 Mid-Major recruiting classes to Samford, according to TennisRecruiting.net, and in 2008, he led the Bulldogs to the OVC tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The 2008 team finished the season 15-9 overall and posted an 11-1 mark in conference play.
Baker led his last Samford team in 2011 to the Southern Conference championship and an NCAA tournament appearance. The Bulldogs were 19-7 overall and 6-4 in conference that season, finishing sixth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s final regional rankings.
Baker became the head coach at The Citadel prior to the 2012 season and led the Bulldogs to a 5-18 record in his only campaign with the team.
Baker has an overall record of 171-86 in his 10 years as a head coach and has coached 29 all-conference players and 62 all-conference academic performers.
During his time at Samford, Baker served as president of Bulldog Tennis Camps Inc., which hosted summer camps that attracted roughly 400 junior tennis players each year. He also directed Nike Tennis Camps while at Samford.
Baker has served on the ITA Southern Region Division I Ranking Committee and was a 2010 NCAA Site Representative for the first and second rounds in Waco, Texas. He is a certified professional of the Professional Tennis Registry, a member of the ITA, member of the Advisory Staff and Competition Team for Babolat USA and a registered Player Coach with WTA.