Chuck Provencio joined the Jackrabbit tennis staff in January 2014 as a graduate assistant pursuing a master’s degree in sport and recreation management. He came to Brookings from his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., where he started his tennis coaching career.
Now in his seventh year as a USPTA certified teaching professional, Provencio coached the 2012 Junior World Team Tennis squad from Kern County, which won the California state title and then moved on to place in the top-10 at the national playoffs in San Diego, Calif.
Provencio then became the assistant coach at Bakersfield College, where he helped lead players on the team to the state tournament with results placing as high as fourth in the individual rankings. The BC team also posted wins over some of California’s top junior colleges, including L.A. Pierce, Sierra, Glendale, College of the Sequoias, Reedly and Fresno City College.
In his first year on the SDSU staff, he helped coach four All-Summit League performers as both the men’s and women’s teams reached the semifinals of The Summit League Championships. The Jackrabbit women ended with an 18-8 overall record and beat Fort Wayne for the first time ever, while the men compiled a 16-8 record. Both teams suffered defeats to IPFW at the conference tourney.
A 2010 graduate of CSU Bakersfield with a degree in physical education and kinesiology, Provencio hopes to study athletic administration after he graduates from SDSU.