Chris Frusci
Chris Frusci
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (352) 588-7303

Saint Leo University Director of Athletics, Francis X. Reidy, announced the appointment of Chris Frusci as the head coach of the Saint Leo University men's and women's tennis programs on June 5, 2014.  Frusci joins the Lions after spending four years at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), including three as the head coach.

In 2016, Frusci swept the ITA Coach of the Year awards, being named both Men’s and Women’s National and South Region Coach of the Year. He was also named the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Coach of the Year.

He led the men’s program to a list of ‘firsts’ in 2016. The Lions claimed their program-first SSC Regular Season title with a 6-0 record, and then went on to defeat Lynn in the SSC Tournament final to claim their first-ever SSC Tournament title. Saint Leo also garnered their first-ever No. 1 ranking in the South Region, while also being named the No. 1 team in the nation for a solid part of the season. The Lions won their first-ever NCAA South Region title by taking down No. 6 West Florida, 5-4, to head to the NCAA Championships for the first time. In their first trip, they finished as National Runner-Up after falling to Hawaii Pacific, 5-3, in the National Championship match. The Lions finished 2016 with a 27-2 record overall. He saw four student-athletes earn All-SSC Honors, along with his first-ever SSC Player and Freshman of the Year. On the season, the Lions saw first-ever wins over Barry, Armstrong State, and West Florida, and a first-ever road win over Lynn. The Lions finished the season as the No. 2 team in the nation, and saw two athletes earn the ITA All-American honors for both singles and doubles, along with holding the position of No. 1 doubles pair in the nation.

In 2016, Frusci guided the Saint Leo women’s tennis team to their second NCAA Semifinalist finish in school history. The Lions wrapped up the season with a 23-3 overall record, and an undefeated 8-0 record in Sunshine State Conference play, and the program’s first-ever SSC regular season title. Saint Leo wrapped up 2016 with a No. 3 ranking, but held as high as No.2 during the season, and gained the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking in the South Region. He saw five student-athletes earn All-SSC honors, along with the program’s first-ever Player and Freshman of the Year. He saw three athletes earn ITA All-American singles honors, and two earn ITA All-American Doubles honors. On the season, the Lions saw first-ever wins over Barry, Armstrong State, and West Florida, and a first-ever road win over Lynn.

In his first season at Saint Leo, he helped guide the men’s team to 16-6 record, and a 5-1 Sunshine State Conference record, with the lone loss coming to the 2015 National Champions Barry. He saw three All-SSC Selections and two All-American’s in his first year on the men’s side. The Lions finished 2015 ranked No. 7 in the nation.

On the women’s side, the Lions finished with a 19-6 record, and a 6-2 SSC record. They finished as finalist in the NCAA South Region Tournament, and ended the season ranked 6th in the nation. He was three All-SSC Selections and one All-American on the women’s side.

In his time at NYIT, Frusci proved himself to be a contender within the competitive world of Division II Tennis, leading the Bears to national prominence in its four seasons.  During the 2014 season, the Lynbrook, N.Y. native led the NYIT men's team to its second consecutive trip to the NCAA DII round of 16, all while leading the women's team to an appearance in the NCAA DII Quarterfinal round, the farthest the Bears have advanced in their short four-year history as a program.

The 2014 ITA Men's and Women's East Region Coach of the year and 2014 ECC Co-Coach of the Year joins the Green and Gold with a resume stacked with success.  Under his tutelage, both NYIT tennis teams finished the year ranked the ITA top-20, with the women finishing at No. 11, and the men coming in at No. 15.  Both the men and women clinched their second-straight ECC Championship Titles throughout the course of the 2013-14 academic year, and in his three seasons as head coach, he has led 25 ECC All-Academic selections, 20 All-ECC selections, four CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees, four ECC Rookies of the year, three ECC Players of the Year, one ECC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, one ITA Women's East Region Player to Watch, one ITA All-American, and one CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America selection.

Frusci received his B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Muhlenberg in 2008.