Thomas Hipp: Faculty and Staff
Thomas Hipp became Flagler's first director of tennis in the summer of 2013 and became the program's third head men's tennis coach in its 40-year history. In 2014, he will become Flagler's sixth head women's coach in the program's history.
Hipp comes to Flagler from Barry University where he spent seven years as an assistant tennis coach and played four years for the Miami Shores-based school. He helped coach the men’s team to a perfect 29-0 record and the NCAA Division II national title this past season. He was on the staff of the 2010 men’s national championship team. Barry was the national runners-up three times (2008, 2009 and 2011). Hipp was also an assistant coach for the women’s team that brought home a national title in 2011.
A native of Germany, he was a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America in singles and doubles in his playing days at Barry. Hipp holds the program’s record for career wins as he compiled a 67-13 overall record in singles play and his .837 winning percentage ranks fourth all-time. He was a four-time ITA Scholar All-America. Hipp was inducted into the Sunshine State Conference’s (SSC) Hall of Fame in March 2012.
Hipp was the 2006 SSC Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year. At the conclusion of the 2004-05 academic year, he earned the league’s Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, becoming only the second student-athlete in the history of the Sunshine State Conference to earn its Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year during their career. He was a four-time All-SSC selection in singles and was a three-time All-SSC pick in doubles. In 2003, he was tabbed the SSC Freshman of the Year.
Hipp earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Barry in 2006 and completed his master’s in sport management as well as marketing in 2010.