Assistant Men's Coach / Camp Director
Oregon men’s tennis head coach Nils Schyllander dipped into the UO alumni pool to fill his open coaching vacancy on Thursday, announcing former Duck Arron Spencer as his new assistant coach.
Spencer, who played for the Ducks from 2002 to 2006, takes over the position vacated by Jonas Piibor, who took the head coaching job at Gonzaga after 10 seasons with the Ducks.
“I am truly excited to welcome Arron and his wife, Lauren, to the Duck family,” said Schyllander. “I have known Arron for nearly two decades and he is an amazing person who bleeds green and yellow. Our student-athletes will soar under his tutelage. With Arron on board, the future will continue to be bright for Oregon men’s tennis.”
Spencer, a Eugene native, has made two collegiate coaching stops during his career, most recently as an assistant at Arizona from 2013 to 2016. With the Wildcats, Spencer took the lead in recruiting while also organizing and scheduling all practices, travel and home events, among other duties. He will take on a very similar role for the Ducks.
“I want to thank Nils and deputy athletic director Eric Roedl for the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Oregon family again,” said Spencer. “It is truly a surreal feeling to be heading back to Eugene and the community that raised me. I cannot wait to get to work with our student-athletes and help build on the success that coach Schyllander, coach Piibor and the team have worked so hard for. Once a Duck, always a Duck!”
After leaving Arizona, Spencer spent eight months as a private coach in Scottsdale, Ariz., before taking over as the director of high performance at the Umpqua Valley Tennis Center for a year. Over the last few months, Spencer has been working as the head coach of player development at The Village DC Ranch/TPA.
Spencer got his first collegiate coaching job in August of 2011 at the College of Charleston, where he was the men’s and women’s assistant coach for two seasons. He served as the recruiting coordinator for both programs and was awarded the CofCFaculty award for outstanding service to first-year students.
After graduating from Oregon in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in political science, Spencer worked for two years as the head coach of a junior academy in Charleston, S.C,. beforespending a year as the head tennis professional at the Albany Tennis Club. He took a break from tennis from October 2010 to December 2012 as the co-founder and director of Positive Change Project Inc., where he was responsible for creating meal and garden programs in South Africa.
As a player with the Ducks, Spencer was a team captain and was ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in doubles. He helped UO to the NCAA Tournament in 2004, just the third appearance in program history. When he graduated, Spencer ranked fifth all-time in individual doubles victories.
ELIZABETH LUMPKIN ROBINSON
Assistant Women's Coach / Co-Camp Director
Former NCAA National Champion and WTA Pro Elizabeth Lumpkin Robinson was named the women's tennis assistant coach in July of 2017.
This is Robinson’s first stint as a collegiate coach after spending over five years competing in the WTA and ITF pro tennis circuits.
During her professional career she accumulated six pro circuit doubles titles and one singles title earning a career high world ranking of 280 in doubles play.
Before turning pro, Robinson was a member of the UCLA women’s tennis team for four years (2004-08) captaining the Bruins to their first ever NCAA Championship in 2008 while posting a 24-1 record in singles play. During that same season Robinson was named the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership Award winner for the west region.
A three-time member of the Pac-10 All-Academic Team, Robinson finished her collegiate career with a 67-13 singles record and is currently ranked eighth on the UCLA all-time overall wins list with 101 victories.
Originally from Naperville, Ill. she is the first and only girl in Illinois state history to win four straight state championships and went on to represent the United States in the Junior Fed Cup in La Baule, France.
Robinson graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a degree in Communication Studies.