Dr. Greg Prudhomme is in his 13th season as the Grand Canyon women’s tennis head coach and 12th season as its men’s tennis head coach in 2019-20.
Since joining the Division I ranks, Prudhomme has had nothing but success for his programs. The women's team were crowned WAC regular-season champions in 2015, 2017, and 2019. The men's team were crowned WAC co-champs in 2016 and captured their first solo conference title in 2019.
Prudhomme has earned four total WAC Coach of the Year honors sweeping both honors in 2019 for both men's and women's tennis. Previously he earned coach of the year honors for the men in 2016 and for the women in 2015-17.
Along with conference coach of the year honors, Prudhomme has also earned USTPA Southwest Region Coach of The Year in 2016 and 2018.
As a Division II program, Prudhomme led the women’s team to the NCAA Championships in his first season despite taking over a team that had only one win the previous season. The women’s team saw a DII national ranking as high as No. 10 in the country under Prudhomme and reached the national tournament four times in seven seasons, including back-to-back trips to nationals in the final two seasons of Division II competition.
The men’s team reached as high as No. 8 nationally in the Division II ranks with a trip to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships in 2012. The tournament berth was the first since the school reinstated the program for the 2008-09 season. Prudhomme wrapped up the men's five-year existence in Division II with three straight years of winning records and top-25 national finishes.
While coaching in Division II, Prudhomme earned several accolades, including the 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year. He also was awarded the Men’s ITA West Region Coach of the Year, the Women’s ITA West Region Coach of the Year and the PacWest Conference Women’s Coach of the Year.
Before his time at GCU, Prudhomme coached the men’s and women’s teams at Glendale Community College. He coached the men from 1995 to 2006 with a three-year hiatus separating his stint and he coached the women for three years during the 1997-98 season and in 2004-05 and 2005-06, leading both programs to national prominence.
Prudhomme has been an Elite Certified member of the United States Tennis Association for more than 20 years. Through this organization, he has been awarded the USPTA Coach of the Year for the Southwest Region on four occasions, as well as USPTA Player of the Year on three different occasions. In addition, Prudhomme also has earned USTA and USPTA High Performance Degrees, a program that is only offered to coaches working with elite-level players.
The head professional at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale since the early 1990s, Prudhomme privately has tutored players who have gone on to play at all levels. Because of his accomplishments at Paseo, the mayor of Glendale presented him with a Proclamation of Recognition.
As a player, Prudhomme held a world ranking from 1994 to 1997 on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour. As an amateur, Prudhomme was ranked No.1 in the Southwest Region in four different years. He earned All-America honors at Scottsdale Community College before competing at Arizona State and Arizona.
During his career, Prudhomme coached his wife for two years on the GCU tennis team, including the season that saw the program get its first national ranking. Currently, he is coaching his daughter, Autum, with his other daughter, Tatum, serving as his graduate assistant. Prudhomme also has coached his younger son, Liam, to league championships.
In his first season as coach of the GCU women’s team, Prudhomme recruited Sheila Johnson, a former Division I player from ASU who was 61 years old. Johnson was a key player who helped GCU earn a spot in the nationals. The unique story gave the program national media attention.
Prudhomme is a graduate of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned his Master’s degree in Psychology and Doctorate of Philosophy in General Psychology with an emphasis in Performance Psychology at GCU. He and his wife, Mandy, have three children.