Now in his 44th year at SBU, John Bryant serves as the men’s and women’s varsity tennis coach and an associate professor of mathematics. Bryant served as the director of athletics from 1989 to 1995. From 1967-1986, SBU tennis won 18 NAIA District 16 titles, played in 19 consecutive NAIA national tournaments and won the 1984 co-national championship. He was named NAIA District 16 Coach of the Year 18 times. In 1983, he picked up the NAIA National Coach of the Year award. When SBU became a member of the NCAA Division II in 1990, Bryant once again garnered the National Coach of the Year honor. The Bearcats have played in the NAIA national championships 19 times and 19 times in NCAA national tournaments.