A former standout player at Alabama and then Southern Methodist University, Nicole Briceno-Garzon, has been named assistant coach of women’s tennis for the University at Albany (SUNY). As captain of the SMU squad, Briceno-Garzon led the Mustangs to a national ranking of #21, highest in program history, and to the Conference USA championship. She set the record for most doubles wins ever at SMU and was the Univ. of Alabama “Player of the Year” as a freshman before transferring to SMU.
Briceno-Garzon was also an outstanding student. She graduated with a 3.6 GPA majoring in Psychology and Spanish, received the SMU Minority Academic Excellence Award three straight years, and was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll all three years at SMU. At Alabama, Briceno-Garzon was named to the Dean’s List and the Southeast Conference Academic Honor Roll. While at SMU, she also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is fluent in Spanish and currently is a clinical research specialist and the program coordinator of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program in Dallas.
Head Coach Gordon Graham on Briceno-Garzon: “Nicole is going to bring many outstanding attributes to our program. She obviously was an excellent Division I tennis player at two top level programs. She has an intense passion for the game of tennis which she has had from a young age. Most importantly, she is an intense competitor, a vocal, supportive teammate who will bring a ton of positive energy to the team. Nicole is a bright, energetic and insightful person. She will be an excellent role model for our players. I am really looking forward to working with her to move this program onward and upward.”