Head Coach, Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown joins the Daemen College Athletic Department in 2012 as the College's first head coach of men's & women's tennis. Brown, a Western New York tennis icon in her own right, brings an extensive background of tennis coaching as well as her own experiences as a player to her new position.
After a scholastic career that saw her win the New York State Singles Tennis Championship in 1993 while competing for Kenmore West High School, she went on to complete a brilliant collegiate career as a member of the women's tennis team at the University of Kentucky, where she was a two-time NCAA Tournament qualifier and a 2nd Team All-Southeastern Conference selection for doubles. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from the University in May 1999 and later added a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix in May 2006.
After the culmination of her collegiate playing career, Brown has held numerous positions at various tennis centers and academies while also completing a three-year stint as the Assistant Women's Tennis Coach at Auburn University before becoming the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Methodist University. While at Auburn, she helped the Tigers to an SEC West Championship in 2002 and was the recipient of the International Tennis Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003. Then, upon taking the job at NCAA Division III Methodist (NC), she subsequently led her team to back-to-back USA South Conference Championships (2004 & 2005) while also earning the conference's Coach of the Year honors for both seasons.
Brown then left the coaching profession to pursue work as a secondary education teacher, gaining employment at Harnett Central Middle School (NC).
Since returning to the Western New York area, she has been an Assistant Tennis Professional at Miller Tennis Center in Amherst as well as the Head Tennis Professional at the Buffalo Racquet Club.
Honors and accolades have followed Brown throughout her life. In 2000, she was voted as the #1 women's tennis player in Western New York from 1950-2000. She was inducted into the Kenmore West Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.
Assistant Coach, Stephen Beatty
Stephen Beatty joins the Daemen tennis staff for the program's inaugural season of competition in 2012-13. Beatty will assist head coach Kelly Brown in all facets of both the men's and women's programs.
Beatty's tennis background is extensive and has served as a PTR Professional for Miller Tennis Center for the past five years. Additionally, Beatty has been been the Center's League and Tournament Director.
Outside of Miller Tennis, Beatty assists each year at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships held at Bolletieri's Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL. This is the largest junior tournament in the world with more than 1,800 participants from 90 countries. Beatty has also been the Assistant Tournament Director for the Sargent and Colling, LLP $10,000 Ladies USTA Pro Circuit Event since 2011.
As a tennis player, Beatty starred for Grand Island High School in the early 2000's, compiling a 63-12 record over six years and was a four-time Section VI Championships qualifier.
Collegiately, Beatty helped Northwood University (MI) to a GLIAC Championship in 2006-07, with the team advancing to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Division II National Championships that season. Later, after transferring, Beatty competed for D'Youville College here in Buffalo, playing singles and doubles in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Beatty was a perfect 6-0 in his singles matches and 4-1 in doubles matches during conference play, and reached the finals of the conference tournament before he was forced to retire due to an ACL tear.