Know The Coach - Bryan Shelton

Aug. 17, 2009

This summer, each Georgia Tech head coach will be featured in a new series — “Know The Coach.” Each week, a different head coach has been profiled where you can get to know them outside the competition field. Week 10 features women’s tennis coach Bryan Shelton.

Born (when and where): Dec. 22, 1965 in Huntsville, Ala.

Status: Married with two children

Alma Mater: Georgia Tech

Childhood nickname: B or Brut

What’s on TV: 24

What’s in my iPod: U2

What I drive: Chevy Trailblazer

Favorite flicks: Rocky 1-5

What I’m reading: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

Worst habit: Not returning phone calls right away

On my office walls: Picture of team with President George W. Bush at the White House

Would love to trade places with for a day: My son

First job: ATP Professional

Talent I’d like to have: Any musical talent (piano, guitar, vocal)

Favorite meal: Indian Food

Favorite athletes to watch in other sports: Tiger Woods

One coaching peer I truly respect: Kenny Thorne

Favorite city to visit: Cairo, Egypt

Favorite team as a kid: Atlanta Braves

Favorite values in others: Honesty and discipline

Favorite attribute about myself: Hardworking

And least: Stubbornness

My heroes: My parents and my old coach Bill Tym

My bucket list: Play golf at Augusta, ski the Swiss Alps, go on a safari in South Africa, visit the Grand Canyon and see my kids play collegiate athletics

My motto: “Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people won’t do.” “Enjoy the Battle.”

The professional athlete’s poster I had on my wall: Muhammad Ali

The thing I enjoy most about game day is: When it is all on the line and comes down the final point between winning and losing.

I have a sweet tooth for: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve cried while watching: Brian’s Song

The celebrity I’d love to hang with for a night is: Michael Jordan

The celebrity some people say I look like is: Tiger Woods

The most famous person I’ve met: George W. Bush and Andre Agassi

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: Enjoying life with my family and still working with players on their games.

If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be: Billy Graham, John Grisham and Tiger Woods

Favorite thing about the city of Atlanta: The sporting events

Favorite GT Tennis moment: Watching my team at the 2007 NCAA Championships and seeing Alison Silverio, after four years, getting to the highest of highs by clinching the title for us.

Know The Coach
Week 1 (June 8): Swimming & Diving head coach Courtney Hart
Week 2 (June 15): Golf head coach Bruce Heppler
Week 3 (June 22): Volleyball head coach Tonya Johnson
Week 4 (June 29): Men’s Basketball head coach Paul Hewitt Week 5 (July 6): Women’s Basketball head coach MaChelle Joseph Week 6 (July 13): Cross Country head coach Alan Drosky Week 7 (July 20): Baseball head coach Danny Hall Week 8 (July 27): Softball head coach Sharon Perkins Week 9 (August 3): Football head coach Paul Johnson

Week10 (August 10): Men’s Track head coach GroverHinsdale
Week 11 (August 17): Women’s Tennis head coach Bryan Shelton

Upcoming Know The Coach Schedule
Week 12 (August 24): Men’s Tennis head coach Kenny Thorne

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