Former Bruin All-American Kris Kwinta begins his fifth season as head coach Billy Martin's assistant. Prior to taking the job at the beginning of the 2008 season, Kwinta was an undergraduate assistant coach while finishing up his degree in Political Science.
Kwinta was been instrumental in the team's success the last several years, helping coach Martin in all facets of the program, including player development and recruiting. The Bruins have finished in the top 5 at the NCAA Championships in three of Kwinta's four seasons. He was recently recognized for his efforts by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), which named him the 2010 Assistant Coach of the Year for the Southwest Region.
A letterman at UCLA from 2004-2005, Kwinta is best known for winning the deciding singles match in the Bruins' 4-3 upset over top-seeded Baylor in the 2005 NCAA Final. With the match tied at 3-3, his victory over Lars Poerschke at No. 3 singles clinched UCLA's first NCAA title in men's tennis since 1984. Kwinta would go on to earn all-tournament honors that season.
During his two seasons in Westwood, Kwinta owned a career singles record of 59-22 and a career doubles mark of 62-24. He earned All-America honors in doubles in 2004 after he and partner Alberto Francis finished the year ranked No. 7 in the country. The duo went 33-15 that season, earning Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors. Kwinta also finished the season ranked No. 94 in singles in the Final ITA Rankings.
Kwinta followed up his 2004 success with another impressive season in 2005. He posted a 26-9 overall singles record, including a 29-9 mark in doubles play. He was named an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection that year, finishing the season listed at No. 65 in singles and No. 20 in doubles (W/Francis) in the Final ITA Rankings.
A former member of the Polish National Team, Kwinta was ranked as high as No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles in the Polish Junior Rankings. He has represented Poland at the Davis Cup in doubles, teaming with former Bruin Marcin Matkowski. Kwinta is a native of Poznan, Poland.