DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head men’s tennis coach Ramsey Smith has announced the addition of Christopher Kougoucheff to the Blue Devil staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Kougoucheff comes to Durham following a successful collegiate career at Louisville.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Christopher Kougoucheff to our coaching staff,” Smith said. “Chris has been a No. 1 player and team captain in the ACC the past three years and has experience at the highest level of college tennis. He will be a great asset to our program, and I can’t wait to start working together with the team.”
A 2019 graduate of Louisville, Kougoucheff begins his coaching career at Duke after closing his collegiate career with the Cardinals as a three-time All-ACC selection. The Capbreton, France native battled back from injury his senior season to post seven dual match victories while playing primarily at the No. 1 singles position. Kougoucheff paired with teammate Fabien Salle to notch a 12-6 record in dual match doubles competition, with Kougoucheff appearing in both singles and doubles Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings during the course of the season.
He was tabbed to the All-ACC third team this past spring to become the first player in program history to garner all-conference recognition three times for his career.
As a junior at Louisville, Kougoucheff was selected to the NCAA Singles and Doubles championships en route to earning second team All-ACC honors. He tied for the team lead with 16 dual match wins in singles, playing predominantly at the No. 1 spot, and also went 27-10 overall in doubles with teammate Parker Wynn.
The 2016-17 campaign saw Kougoucheff enter the national singles rankings and go 22-17 overall. As a rookie, he posted a 20-17 singles ledger for the Cardinals, playing primarily on court two, and was named Louisville’s ACC Freshman Athlete of the Year.
For his career, Kougoucheff was ranked as high as sixth nationally in doubles play and as high as 36th in singles action. He served as a team captain for Louisville on multiple occasions and in 2018 was tabbed the university’s Junior Athlete of the Year. Kougoucheff concluded his career with the Cardinals with a 71-57 mark in singles and a 79-53 doubles record.
“I would like to thank Ramsey Smith, Jonathan Stokke and the team for this amazing opportunity,” Kougoucheff said. “I also want to thank my family that has always supported my career in tennis. I am really excited to work alongside some of the best coaches in the country. Duke is second to none, student-athletes have all they need to become the best. I cannot wait to work with the guys and achieve great things together.”
Previously, Kougoucheff has coached junior tennis players at the Boca Resort Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., and at the Club Med Port Saint Lucie Tennis Academy in Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Kougoucheff graduated from Louisville in May with a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in Finance. During his collegiate career, he was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team and the ITA Scholar Honor Roll, in addition to receiving an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award.
Kougoucheff completed his prep career at Florida’s Cypress Bay High School, helping his squad to three state championships as a team captain.