Ki Kroll
Ki Kroll
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Ki Kroll joined the Roadrunner staff as the UTSA women's tennis head coach in August 2018.

After taking over the program during the 2018-19 season, Kroll has posted a 64-66 record in six seasons. He has coached 22 ITA Scholar-Athletes and a four-time ITA All-Academic Team (from 2020-2023).
 
A former head coach at Northern Arizona and Southern Miss, Kroll was named the UTSA women’s tennis coach on August 27, 2018, as was announced by Vice President for Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos. 

 

Kroll led the Roadrunners to an impressive 17-7 record in 2024, the program’s most wins since the 2003 season and third-most in program history. The team was ranked twice in the ITA National Rankings, including 61st which is the highest team ranking in school records. Under his leadership, sophomore Fatima Gutierrez was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Conference Team. He has also pushed the team to success in the classroom as Cassie McLay and Aleksandra Zlatarova were named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team.

 

During the 2024 season, UTSA started it off with a 9-3 start for the best start to a season since 2007. The Roadrunners earned a 9-0 mark at home, their first undefeated home record since 1992. The squad battled to a road victory over then-No. 55 Florida Atlantic, which marks the highest ranked win in the 21st century. The team also advanced to the quarterfinal round of the conference championships in the first season in the AAC.  

 

In UTSA’s final season in the Conference USA, he powered the team to a 13-9 record in 2023 and its second quarterfinal appearance at the conference championships. He coached Aleksandra Zlatarova to a 16-3 record in singles, which earned her C-USA All-Conference First Team.

 

The Roadrunners held a 4-16 record in 2022, earning a big win over rival Sam Houston. In 2021, UTSA posted a 9-11 mark.

 

In a shortened 2020 season, he led UTSA to an 8-8 record. Both Jasmin Starr and Keegan McCain recorded double-digit wins in singles action in the 16-match season. The Roadrunners earned big rivalry victories over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UIW and Texas State during that year. Starr was named to the C-USA All-Conference Second Team at the conclusion of the season.
 
The Roadrunners completed 2019 with 12 wins in the spring, getting 12-win singles outings from Starr, Plauth and Laura Cabrera. Starr and Kylee Kato formed a top doubles team that posted an 11-6 record.  

 

In his first season at the helm of the program in 2018-19, Kroll took over a program shy in roster numbers. He added talented and instant-impact newcomers in graduate transfer Mariah Plauth, Plano, Texas, native Sophie Omoworare and Australian freshman sensation Jasmin Starr. Starr anchored the lineup in singles at No. 1 throughout the season, setting a UTSA freshman record with 12 wins. 
 
Kroll came to the Roadrunners after serving as the men’s tennis coach at Northern Arizona for five seasons, as well as a prior three-year stint as the head coach at Southern Miss. He was both the men’s and women’s head coach at Northern Arizona last year.
 
“I’m very excited to be joining the UTSA family; the staff, coaches and faculty have shown me true Texas hospitality,” Kroll said. “I would especially like to thank Dr. Lisa Campos who has placed her confidence in me. This is a wonderful opportunity, we have a great group of ladies, and I’m extremely eager to get started. I look forward to hitting the ground running and will put all my effort into moving this program in a championship direction. Go Roadrunners!”
 
While with Northern Arizona, Kroll – who served as both the men’s and women’s head coach in his last year there – amassed 82 wins, including three conference titles, 21 all-conference honorees, a two-time league MVP, freshman of the year, ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year and an ITA Mountain Regional doubles champion.
 
In the classroom, Kroll’s teams earned 11 all-conference academic honors and 27 Golden Eagle Scholar-Athletes, and boasted an ITA All-Academic Team honoree.
 
In the spring of 2017, Kroll's squad finished with a 15-8 overall including a 10-1 run in the Big Sky, one of the best seasons in program history. His top recruit was named Big Sky MVP in addition to picking up All-Big Sky First Team recognition in both singles and doubles.
 
Not only did Kroll lead the men's tennis program to success in 2017, but also the women's tennis program. In his first season with the women, Kroll and the Lumberjacks finished 18-5 overall, notched an undefeated 11-0 record in the Big Sky and garnered a back-to-back regular season championship title. Kroll’s top recruit went on to be named ITA Mountain Rookie of the Year, Big Sky Co-Freshman of the Year and notched All-Big Sky First Team honors in both singles and doubles.
 
In his first year, Lumberjack tennis reached the Big Sky Championship after pulling off two upsets, beating No. 1 Weber State and No. 3 Montana. Not to mention the victory over the No. 67 ranked program in the country, Nevada-Reno, which was NAU tennis’ first win over a ranked opponent since 2002 and only the second time in program history.
 
In 2014, Kroll and his squad were a force to be reckoned with in the Big Sky. They finished third in the conference despite an eighth place preseason poll predictions. The Lumberjacks rattled off streaks of four and six straight wins with some memorable victories over Montana State, Grand Canyon and the 2013 Big Sky Champions Sacramento State.
 
Kroll served as the head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2011-13, where he produced an impressive three-year stint that saw the program recover from NCAA violations to reach a national ranking, a 15-win season and a top-notch recruiting class.
 
Prior to Southern Mississippi, Kroll served in dual roles as the men’s tennis coach and the Assistant Athletic Director/Business Manager at Vassar College, where he led the Brewers to three consecutive NCAA Division III Tournaments from 2005-10. He was a three-time Liberty League Coach of the Year during his five seasons. Over the span of his coaching career at Vassar, Kroll coached four All-Americans, the 2010 and 2011 ITA Northeast Singles champion, the 2008 ITA Northeast Doubles champions, 18 All-Academic selections and one Capital One Academic All-American.
 
Kroll has also received national acclaim for his involvement as the Director of Tennis at the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas, Nev. Most notably, he is credited with developing a strong inner-city tennis program for Andre Agassi into one of the most successful programs of its type in the country. A number of his former students have been ranked in the top-five nationally in the junior tennis, earning opportunities to represent the United States in international play. Several players went on to play Division I tennis as well as professionally.
 
Kroll played collegiately at Penn State, received his bachelor's degree in History from Eastern New Mexico University and his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona.