Wildcats move to 8-1 on season; prepare for ITA National Champs
Rob Silver is in first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Kentucky.
"I want to thank Coach Kauffmann and Coach Emery for this incredible opportunity to work for them at UK," Silver said. "The University of Kentucky is an excellent institution. The men's tennis team has set a high bar over the past decade and I want to help Cedric and Matt win more SEC championships and hopefully a National Title,"
Silver spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis teams at Eastern Kentucky University. A former college player at the University of Missouri, Silver helped the Colonels to two of their best seasons in school history during his time in Richmond, Ky.
In 2011-2012 the Colonels and Lady Colonels were champions of the Ohio Valley Conference during the same season for the first time in school history. Silver helped lead the men's team to a 19-10 record (6-2 conference). The men claimed their third straight OVC tournament championship, securing an NCAA berth. The men lost first round to eventual final four team UCLA Bruins. Under the mentorship of OVC Coach of the Year Rob Oertel, Silver guided the Women's team to an 18-7 record (9-0 conference). With the undefeated regular season, the women claimed the OVC regular season title. They followed up the fantastic regular season with an amazing OVC tournament run winning the title and clinching the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. The women lost in the first round to eventual finalist UCLA. Freshman Amandine Faouzi really benefited from Silver's coaching. She was named Freshman of the Year after a phenomenal season. In all, seven players from both teams were named to the All-OVC team in 2012.
In 2010-11, Silver helped lead the Colonel men to a 21-5 record (7-0 conference), the conference regular season and tournament title. The men lost a hard fought battle against #16 seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The women's team boasted a 13-11 overall record (5-3 conference). That year Silver was instrumental in the development of both singles #1 players Alex Das and Jessica Albuquerque. Das and Albuquerque were each awarded Player of The Year awards for the Ohio Valley Conference. "Coach Silver really taught me a lot about being a little tougher mentally at the key moments," Das said. "I think it made a big impact on my game in many matches,"
Prior to his coaching stint at EKU, Silver owned his own real estate business for almost a decade. While real estate provided business experience and financial stability it was not his true passion. "I had almost everything I could have wanted in life. I was doing well financially, married, a beautiful baby and good health. But I always felt like something was missing. At the core, I am a tennis coach. Teaching young men and women how to be prepared for life physically, emotionally and mentally through the confines of a tennis court is a great responsibility and one that I enjoy incredibly." Silver said.
During his time as a realtor, Silver was responsible for the management of a team of 8-10 employees. Silver was consistently ranked among the top 1% of realtors in the nation. The management skills learned in his business have translated well into management of tennis teams.
Prior to his real estate business, Silver was an assistant coach at the University of Missouri with the women's tennis team. He assisted his college coach Blake Starkey with all aspects of the women's program.
Silver graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri - Columbia with two degrees; Broadcast Journalism and History. As captain of the tennis team in 1997-1998, Silver was elected for the third time to the All Academic Big 12 squad. He played No. 1 and No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. His most memorable college victory was against rival Kansas at #1 doubles over a nationally ranked pair.
Silver resides in Lexington, Ky., with his wife Natalie and son Jeremy. Natalie is pursuing her medical residency at UK.