Hugh Bream

Tennis Pro

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Hugh Bream joined the Avila Bay Club tennis staff as former tennis director/head tennis professional in 1999. Bream also served as former Cal Poly men's (1980-88) and Cal Poly women's (2001-11) head coach, San Diego State men's tennis team coach from (1988-1993), and holds a 377-182 record at the collegiate level . Under Breamís tutelage, Cal Poly players earned 52 All-Big West honors, including 11 first team singles awards and 15 first team doubles recognitions. During Breamís final six seasons with the Mustang womenís team, Cal Poly finished in the bottom half of the Big West standings just once. A former coach on both the ATP and WTA circuits, Bream has worked with, among other professionals, Jared Palmer, Ginger Helgeson and currently Sophie Whittle (WTA 393). Palmer reached the world No. 1 menís doubles rank in 2000 and Helgeson progressed to a high of No. 28 in womenís singles play. Between 1986-88, Bream also directed the United States U-16 Boys National Team, a side that included Palmer and future standouts Michael Chang and Jim Courier. Bream earned his undergraduate degree from Cal Poly in 1980 before completing a masterís in physical education in 1982. Prior to transferring to Cal Poly for the 1977-78 season, Bream played No. 1 singles and doubles at Pima Community College (Tucson, Ariz.), helping the program reach a high of No. 7 in the NJCAA ITA rankings Still a competitive player, Bream has ascended as high as No. 5 in southern California and No. 35 nationally in menís 40-plus competitions. A certified member of the United States Tennis Associationís High Performance Coaching Staff, Bream continues to develop top junior talent. Recent protťgťes include Sam Ashbrook (University of Redlands) and Zach Hilty (Middlebury College).