Thomas Hipp enters his eighth year at Barry as an assistant coach, this being his third season as a full-time assistant with the men’s tennis team.
Hipp is responsible for player development, recruiting, administrative and other coaching duties. He brings numerous years of playing experience to the Buccaneers’ staff. Prior to accepting a full-time position, Hipp served as a graduate assistant coach with the Bucs.
In 2013, Hipp was instrumental in helping Barry capture the national championship. The Buccaneers went 29-0 to beat Armstrong Atlantic, 5-4, in a dramatic finish. He also was a member of the 2010 coaching staff that helped the Bucs win their first national title.
Born in Germany, Hipp played at Barry for four years, and is one of the program’s most decorated players. Hipp compiled a 67-13 overall singles record at Barry, which ranks first on the school’s all-time wins list, while his winning percentage (.837) ranks fourth in school history. He was a three-time ITA singles All-American, four-time ITA Scholar All-American and a three-time ITA doubles All-American.
In March 2012, Hipp was inducted into the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame.
Hipp earned SSC Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year honors in 2006. He made First-Team All-SSC in singles every year he played, while also earning First-Team All-SSC in doubles in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2003, Hipp won the conference Freshman of the Year award. He was the SSC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2004-05 academic year. Hipp became just the second player in conference history to have won both Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year during his career.
Hipp received his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Barry University in 2006 and his masters degree in sport management in 2008.