Chen enters his first season as assistant coach with the UCLA men's tennis program. He replaces former assistant Kris Kwinta who, after five very successful seasons at UCLA, has moved on to pursue other opportunities.
Chen recently capped off his fifth season as the team's Director of Operations. He was named Director of Operations following graduation from UCLA in 2006, serving in that capacity for one season before leaving to work in sports management, where he assisted with a handful of prominent tennis professionals in the Los Angeles Area. Chen returned to UCLA in 2009 to work with both the men's and women's tennis programs. Several of Chen's duties included logistics, travel, equipment, as well as managing all home events. He has served as tournament manager for a number of UCLA hosted events, such as ITA Kick-Off Weekend, NCAA Regionals and the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships. Chen has also played an instrumental role in helping Martin run the highly successful UCLA Tennis Camps and Bassett/Martin Tennis Camp in Big Bear, Calif. In his spare time, Chen has organized several tennis charity events around the country.
On the coaching side, Chen served as head coach of the UCLA Club Tennis Team from 2007-10. He coached the team to a pair of Southern California Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008, including a third-place national finish in 2010. Chen was a member of the club tennis team from 2005-2006, winning both the Fall and Spring Intramural events at UCLA while leading the team to a regional title and a top 5 finish at nationals.
"We are just really excited about having Grant stay with our team as an assistant coach," said Martin. "Nobody knows how UCLA men's tennis runs better than he does so I'm certainly looking forward to having him help us move toward our goal of winning the national championship."