Colin Joyner begins his fifth season as Head Coach of Men’s Tennis and sixth year of coaching tennis at Bowdoin overall. Joyner has established a track record of success with the Polar Bears, leading the squad to a “Sweet 16” showing in the NCAA National Team Championships and a year-end ranking of #13 nationally in 2009.
In 2008, Joyner’s squad captured the team’s
first-ever NESCAC Championship, and advanced to the NCAA
“Sweet 16”, and a year-end ranking of #10
nationally. Joyner’s team has advanced to the NCAA Team
Tournament on five occasions since he started coaching at Bowdoin
Joyner has coached several athletes to All-Conference and seven athletes to All-American honors during his tenure including 2008 NCAA Singles Semifinalist and 2010 Quarterfinalist Stephen Sullivan and 2009 NCAA Doubles Runner-ups Jamie Neely and Oscar Pena.
After graduating from Bowdoin in 2003, Joyner spent a year playing the Futures Professional Tennis Circuit around the country and also worked as a hitting partner for several of the top-ranked women in the world including Justine Henin, Martina Navratilova, Lisa Raymond, Chanda Rubin, and Elena Likhovtseva. Joyner returned to Bowdoin in the fall of 2004 and served as Assistant Coach for two years. He took over the reigns as Interim Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Tennis in 2006 and became the Men’s Head Tennis Coach in 2007.
In his first year as head coach of both tennis teams in 2006-07, Joyner led the squads to banner seasons. The women's team posted a program-record 17 victories and reached the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen", while the men's team won 16 matches and boasted two All-Americans. In his first full season helming the men's squad in 2007-08, the Polar Bears claimed their first-ever NESCAC Championship and again landed two players to the All-American team.
Joyner graduated cum laude from Bowdoin with a BA in Music in 2003. During his tenure at Bowdoin, he played #1 singles for the Polar Bears all four years and was a three time All-American, twice for both singles and doubles. Joyner co-captained the Polar Bears his junior and senior year, leading the team to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2002 and a year-end ranking of #6 nationally.
Joyner was honored as the Bowdoin College First-Year Male Athlete of the Year in 2000 and Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. His senior year he was distinguished as the ITA Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year and the NESCAC Player of the Year. His senior year, Joyner also netted the Clarence Chaffee Award given annually “to the player who best combines and displays a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship.”
During the summer months, Joyner is busy recruiting as well as working with several tennis programs. He runs an Adidas Tennis Camp at Bowdoin during the summer and works as a coach at Ed Krass’ College Tennis Academy at Brown University. He worked for several summers as a tennis pro and yoga instructor at Bald Peak Colony Club on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Joyner is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and he heads the strength and conditioning program for the men’s team in season.