Albie Brice was named head coach of the N.C. Wesleyan men's and women's tennis programs in the summer of 2017 after a successful stint as interim head coach. No stranger to Bishop Athletics, he previously served as NCWC's head tennis coach for five years, helping reinstate the men's program in 1999 and kickstart the women's program that same season.
Brice was named as the 2019 USA South Coach of the Year in Men's and Women's Tennis for leading the Men to a 21-2 record and a regular season and tournament championship as well as a 10-0 conference record. The men have not lost a conference match since 2009.
Brice joined the program as a full-time assistant coach in 2016 prior to taking over as interim head coach in April of 2017. His interim tenure saw him post a combined 8-3 record with the men and women, which included securing the men's ninth straight USA South title and the women's third straight winning season. Most recently in 2018, he helped lead NCWC's men to their tenth straight USA South crown and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, while on the women's side, he helped guide Wesleyan to the 2018 USA South Tournament Championship and the program's second NCAA berth.
In joining Bishop tennis in a full-time capacity, he also served as head cross country coach for the 2016 season. An avid runner himself, he brought a wealth of training knowledge to a young program looking to improve within the USA South Conference and South Region.
As a collegiate tennis player, Brice competed for D-I UNC Wilmington and was named UNCW's Most Improved Player in 1990 before transferring to NCWC. Athletically, Brice's post-Wesleyan career has seen him compete as a professional and achieve an ATP ranking. Brice also spent several years as an owner and coach with Velocity Sports Performance. During his Velocity tenure, he gained valuable knowlege in training, as well as the proper mechanics involved in endurance, strength, speed, nutrition, and injury prevention.
A 1992 Wesleyan graduate with a degree in History, Brice has gone on to earn a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages (2007) and a Master of Theology in Christian Ethics (2012) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, he is slated to complete his PhD in Christian Ethics in the summer of 2017. In addition to his coaching duties, he will continue to serve as an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Wesleyan, as well as the Senior Pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in nearby Nashville.
A USTA P-1 Professional, Brice and his wife, April, have four children: Tanner, Chandler, Tyler, and Brody.