Courtesy of Goldey-Beacom College Athletics
WILMINGTON, Del. (August 12, 2019) -- Goldey-Beacom College's storied women's tennis program has been placed in the hands of Kareem Bryant, who takes over as head coach beginning with the 2019-20 season.
Bryant's impressive resume and accomplishments are led by his role since 2017 as Executive Director at the Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association. He works with the board of directors, develops resources for fiscal responsibility and handles community outreach through the directors.
He also since 2006 has been a national coach and middle states zonal coach for the United States Tennis Association. He coached many players in the junior ranks, developed plans for player improvement and traveled with both the players and their families to national tournaments.
Bryant also has been the Director of Neighborhood-Based Programming for Legacy Youth Tennis and Education since 2012. He has designed, implemented and improved these programs by creating a manual for the tennis curriculum. Bryant also nurtured partnerships with schools and the community to develop community based partnerships and worked with colleagues to sustain program initiatives.
He also has been a national trainer for Up2Us Sports, a Kinesiology professor at Temple University, a program coordinator for Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, Dean of Students for One Bright Ray and served in various roles for Community Education Partners.
Bryant graduated Central Connecticut State University in 1999 with a B.A. in Sociology. He also minored in Criminal Justice and Human Behavior.
"We could not be any more delighted to welcome Kareem Bryant as Head Coach for our Women's Tennis Program," Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Brennan said. "Kareem has a strong professional orientation combined with a strong tennis background and a commitment to the power and value of education. Our search committee was most impressed and convinced that he was the right person to assume leadership for one of Goldey-Beacom's most successful programs."
Bryant takes over a program which this season advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament, the furthest any team in the College's history has proceeded in the tournament. Goldey-Beacom (16-5, 7-1 CACC) played in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in school history and clinched a share of a third straight Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference title.
The unit also has won 24 of its last 25 regular-season league matches and extended its run of making the conference semifinals to 11 straight seasons.
A major reason for Goldey-Beacom's success this season occurred April 2 when the squad recorded a huge 5-2 upset of New York Tech, then No. 35 in the nation and tops in the region. GBC also topped Wilmington (ranked fifth in the East) and the District of Columbia (ranked seventh in the East) in the regular season.
GBC ends the spring 8-3 with just two losses coming to Division II opposition. Among those victories included a 4-0 first-round NCAA victory over CACC-foe Concordia (NY) and a 4-0 second-round triumph at Stonehill.
Bryant replaces Joe Kissel, who retired after recording all 148 of the team's victories during his 13 years. He is responsible for the 2016 and 2017 CACC titles and all eight NCAA Tournament appearances. Goldey-Beacom, so far, achieved its highest national ranking in 2015 when the squad finished 31st in the nation and notched a school-record 18 victories.
Kissel also helped the Lightning winning campaigns his final 11 seasons and double-digit victories in nine of his last 11 campaigns.
"When I decided to retire, my hope was that Goldey-Beacom would hire a new coach who could not only sustain the level of success we have had competing in the NCAA East Region, but also continue to grow our program into a national-level top-30 program," Kissel said. "I believe we got more than I hoped for in Kareem Bryant. In doing our due-diligence, a USTA Middle States executive stated: 'if you want a coach who can make good players even better, you should hire Kareem'. I couldn't ask for a better recommendation than that and the search committee agreed. I look forward to helping and supporting Kareem during our transition period and beyond."
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.