Brent Gruno was hired as the head coach of the Assumption men’s tennis program in March of 2018.
Gruno has spent over 20 years as a tennis professional in the Midwest and the Northeast and also currently works at the Shrewsbury Club as the 12 & Under Tennis Manager. He has coached numerous collegiate tennis players, including many which have competed in Division I, throughout his tenure at various clubs. Two of his former pupils have gone on to Division I head coaching positions, at Southern Illinois and Seattle University respectively. While coaching he also played competitively, winning two Missouri State Championships, as well as being a USTA singles Sectional Champion, a 9.0 World Team Tennis National Champion and nationally ranked in the top-20 in Men’s 35 singles.
In his position at Shrewsbury, he also instructs adult tennis teams, tennis camps, recreation tennis and numerous other tennis related activities. He recently became certified as a USTA Net Generation Coach.
He came to Wayside from Westboro Tennis & Swim Club, where he served as the senior professional. In that role he developed all aspects of juniors and adults, coaching numerous New England ranked juniors. In addition, he was in charge of the varsity program for all high school players. Prior to Westboro he spent three years at Mount Auburn Club in Watertown as a tennis professional, where he assisted in the junior program, as well as managing and coaching the adult men’s and women’s USTA and CMASS.
Gruno came to the New England from Illinois where he spent over ten years working at two different clubs as a tennis pro. He taught private lessons from beginners to nationally ranked juniors, who went on to earn Division I scholarships. He also coordinated various tournaments for multiple age groups, as well as managing a pro shop.
Gruno played his collegiate tennis at Central Missouri State and Jefferson College, where he concluded his career as an All-American and finished in the top-20 nationally. He currently resides in Worcester with his wife.