Former USC standout Eric Amend enters his fifth season as volunteer coach for the Trojans. Previously, he was the assistant coach for USC's women's team during the 1998-99 season. Prior to that, he was a National Player Development Coach for the United States Tennis Association from 1995-98 where he helped train Lindsay Davenport and Chanda Rubin as well as numerous top ranked juniors at major international events including all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Amend retired from competitive tennis in 1995 after playing professionally for five years on the ATP Tour and achieved a world ranking in the top 250 in singles and the top 200 in doubles. While on the professional circuit, he won three ITF satellite singles and 13 doubles tournaments. He played in Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the French Open and had wins over former Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash and former Trojan Wayne Black.
During his four years at USC, the men's tennis team won back to back USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships in 1987 and 1988, and in 1987 he helped the team to a 32-0 record before falling to Georgia in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. Amend earned All-American honors three times in doubles and once in singles. In 1988, he partnered with Scott Melville to win both the Pac-10 Doubles title and the ITA National Indoor Doubles Championship and followed that up in 1989 by winning the NCAA Doubles title with Byron Black. Both doubles teams were ranked No. 1 at the end of the year. His most memorable moment came when he represented both USC and the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
As a junior, Amend won four USTA National Singles Championships, six National Doubles Championships, and was always ranked in the top 5 in the United States for his age group and was the top-ranked Southern Californian from ages 12 through 18. In 1983, he was the No. 11 ranked junior singles player in the world based on the ITF World rankings and the No. 5 ranked doubles player.
Amend grew up in Palos Verdes, Calif., where he helped lead the Miraleste High Tennis Team to three CIF titles. He was born in Berkeley, Calif., on Nov. 17 and is 41 years old, single, and lives in Studio City.