Know The Coach - Kenny Thorne

Aug. 24, 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 12 features men’s tennis head coach Kenny Thorne.

Born (when and where): Honolulu, Hawaii Jan 24, 1966
Status: Happily married with four children (Rachel-14, Zachary-12, Kenedy-10, Daniel-8)
Alma Mater: Georgia Tech
What I drive: Infinity G35
What I’m reading: Lone Survivor by Marcus Latrelle
Favorite flicks: Top Gun, Braveheart, Rocky
Favorite vacation spot: Grand Cayman
Favorite non-tennis activity: water skiing
Favorite all-time tennis venue: Wimbledon
Favorite all-time tennis tournament: NCAA Tennis Championships
Favorite all-time racquet: Wilson ProStaff Original-85
My current racquet: Whatever racket is closest to my desk
Favorite team as a kid: Philadelphia 76ers- Dr. J
Worst habit: Leaving items on court
On my office walls: posters of past teams
Would love to trade places with for a day: A Navy SEAL
First job: Pro tennis tour
Talent I’d like to have: golf
Favorite meal: hot wings, extra crispy
Favorite athletes to watch in other sports: Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong
One coaching peer I truly respect: National Champion Coach Bryan Shelton
My heroes: The military
My bucket list: run a marathon
My motto: No excuses. “Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions, strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”

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
Week 12 (August 24): Men’s Tennis head coach Kenny Thorne

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