Bryce Parmelly is entering his 11th season affiliated with the UC Santa Cruz Men’s Tennis program. Bryce graduated in 2005 with a degree in Psychology before starting his coaching career under legendary coach Bob Hansen. Given his time spent here as a player, coach, and 12 summers of involvement with the Nike Jr. Tennis Camp Santa Cruz, Bryce’s influence over the Slug Tennis culture has been nothing short of profound. This 2012-2013 season Bryce steps into his second season as the Head Men’s Tennis Coach for the Slugs. Bryce’s mission is clear, “I believe whole-heartedly in the Slug Tennis program and the significant impact it has on people. My goal is to continue contributing to Slug Tennis and to share all that Bob and Slug Tennis have taught me over the years. The journey to build a championship team year-in and year-out will continue to drive this program.”
In his first season as Head Coach Bryce led the Slugs to the finals of the 2012 ITA National Indoor Team Championships held in St. Peter, Minnesota. His team reached the finals of the NCAA Regional Team Champioships this past may, finishing the season with a top 10 NCAA National Team Ranking. In the 2011-2012 season the Slugs notched wins over teams like UC San Diego, Claremont-Mudd Scripps, Trinity College of Texas, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, and Washington University of St. Louis. Junior Devin Nerenberg was awarded NCAA All-American status after an amazing season playing the top singles position for the Slugs.
As the Head Assistant Coach between the years 2005-2010 the Slugs have won an astounding four National Team Titles. The Slugs won the ITA National Indoor Team Championships in 2007 and 2010, and were finalists in 2006 and 2008. In 2007 and 2009 the Slugs finished the season as the top ranked team in the country taking home the NCAA Team Title both years. In these five seasons the Slugs ceased to end their season with a National Team end-year ranking lower than six. Bryce helped contribute to two National Singles Titles, three National Doubles Titles, three Ojai Singles Championships, two Ojai Doubles Championships, along with eight singles and 12 doubles All-American selections. In 2010 he was awarded ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the West Region.
As a player, Bryce helped lead his team to the winning of the 2005 NCAA National Team Title. His team reached the finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships twice in 2002 and 2005. In each of his four seasons the Slugs ceased to end their season with a National Team end-year ranking lower than five. His singles career consisted of multiple wins over top 30 nationally ranked players and in 2005 he was selected as a NCAA Doubles All-American. He and his partner, Matt Seeberger, won the ITA West Regional Tournament in the fall of 2004 as they went on to reach the finals of the ITA National Small College Championships that same year. In the winter of 2004, Bryce reached his highest national doubles ranking of two in the country.