After a national search for a new men's tennis head coach, the Eagles settled on someone close to home,Brent Worthington. Worthington attained the position following four seasons as a student-athlete at Biola and one year as an assistant coach under former Head Coach David Goodman.
"We are very excited to have Brent as our new men's tennis coach," said Athletic Director Dr. Dave Holmquist. "He comes very highly recommended from our previous head coach, David Goodman. The players will really enjoy playing for him."
Worthington is currently a student at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He is in the midst of studies to attain his Master of Divinity, which will tack on to the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical/Theological Studies he attained in Spring of 2012.
This is Worthington's first head coaching job, but he comes into the position with seven years of playing experience and a year of coaching and mentoring under his belt.
In his time as assistant coach, he split duties with Goodman and invested in Biola's student-athletes on the court during matches and on the court during practices. He and Goodman would split responsibilities so each student-athlete would get personal attention from a coach. This approach worked well, as the 2014 season was the winningest in recent program history.
"My experience as a player and assistant coach were great experiences that I would not trade anything for," said Worthington. "So to have the opportunity to lead the team and provide the guys with a similar experience I had is something I am looking forward to."
Worthington donned the red, white and black for four years following a playing career at Los Alamitos High School. Doubles play was where Worthington excelled on the court. He spent three of his four seasons with the Eagles playing out of the No. 1 doubles slot, and he compiled 20 wins with his various partners. His most memorable moment on the court for Biola was making it to the men's doubles Quarterfinals at the 112th Annual Ojai Valley Tournament in 2012.
Worthington is a Los Alamitos, Calif. native and has two brothers and one sister. He and his wife, Sara, a UCI graduate, reside in Biola's off-campus apartments, where he also works as a resident coordinator.