Fulmer announces contract extension for Woodruff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced on Monday that men’s tennis head coach Chris Woodruff has agreed to a contract extension through June of 2024.

Along with his extension, Woodruff received a salary increase. He’ll earn $170,000 starting in 2019-20, and that will raise to $180,000 by the end of the agreement.

A Knoxville native, Woodruff has completed 17 seasons on the tennis coaching staff at Tennessee. Through Woodruff’s first two years as head coach, the Vols are 43-17 overall and 16-8 in the SEC.

Tennessee has seen a resurgence under Woodruff’s leadership, finishing with 20-plus wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2010 and 2011. The Vols reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 this past season while also advancing to the SEC Championship final for the first time since 2013.

“Chris obviously is very passionate about Tennessee tennis, so it comes as no surprise that the program has shown significant progress over the last two years,” Fulmer said. “To have someone with his credentials as a daily presence on the court is an incredible advantage for our student-athletes. He’s a prime example of a homegrown success story, and we’re proud to have him leading our program.”

Under Woodruff’s guidance, Tennessee has seen its athletes earn six All-America accolades and five All-SEC honors. This season, Timo Stodder became the program’s eighth three-time All-American and its 11th winningest player with 97 career victories. Stodder wrapped up his career by winning the ITA Ohio Valley Senior Player of the Year Award. Preston Touliatos claimed his second doubles All-America honor in 2019, as he and Stodder advanced to the NCAA doubles semifinals, the first Volunteer duo to do so since 2014.

Sophomore Adam Walton earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2019 and was named the ITA Ohio Valley Player to Watch after winning 25 matches for consecutive seasons.

A Knoxville native, Woodruff played two years for the Big Orange in 1992 and 1993, winning an NCAA singles championship in 1993, the only Vol in program history to do so.

Opting to turn pro after the 1993 season, he quickly rose to prominence on the ATP Tour, winning the 1997 Canadian Open and the 1999 Miller Lite Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 29 in the world in January 2000. His highlights that season include reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and representing the United States in the Davis Cup, where he clinched the United States’ win over Zimbabwe.

While on tour, Woodruff racked up wins against seven former world No. 1 players, including Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, whom he upset in the 1996 French Open.