Kidd worked for three seasons as an assistant coach with the Clemson Women’s Tennis Program before leaving in August of 2013 to become the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Troy University. Kidd is a five-time NAIA National Coach of the Year, and won six total NAIA Team National Championships as a head coach of both the women’s and men’s programs at Auburn University-Montgomery.
In his first season, Kidd helped Clemson to a berth in the Sweet 16, and has already made his presence felt on the recruiting trail, where he has brought in numerous top international prospects. Kidd is known around the world as one of the top developers of young talent, and has built a reputation of scouring the planet for gems to bring into the storied Clemson program.
In 2012, he led Clemson to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and has been crucial for the team with regards to organization and enthusiasm. Kidd’s energy is a defining characteristic, as he bounces around with stories of his travels, and his out-of-the-box ideas. He has a unique combination of experience, technical knowledge, and personality that makes him well-known around tennis.
His 2012 recruiting class was ranked 8th in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net, and he has been instrumental in assembling the 2012-13 squad, which is primarily made up of newcomers.
Nancy Harris was the head coach at Auburn University-Montgomery before coming to Clemson 14 years ago. While at AUM, Harris won two men’s NAIA Team Championships and one women’s NAIA Team Championship. Her teams reached the Finals eight total times.
Kidd has followed in her footsteps, coming to Clemson after six seasons in Montgomery, where he coached the women’s team for six seasons and the men’s team for the final two. In that time, he led the women’s team to five National Championships, and won the 2010 men’s Championship as well. He was named the Wilson/ITA National Women’s Coach of the Year in 2008 after winning a fourth consecutive National Championship.
“Whenever you mention the name Coach Scott Kidd in coaches circles around the world and across the nation, his name is recognized as one of the best and most sincere coaches,” said Harris. “He is respected for his work ethic, integrity, and his genuine care for the student athlete. Coach Kidd cares about people and it shows by his constant effort to help others reach their goals. He is always trying to help another be their best and his results and the success of his former programs show how much he cares. At Auburn Montgomery no other coach has achieved so much and left such a legacy to the history of the program as this great national coach.”
Kidd not only brings experience as a head coach, but has worked at several other universities in various administrative and tennis capacities. Prior to his time as a head coach at AUM, he spent three seasons as an assistant. Prior to that, he spent three seasons in Tigerville, SC at North Greenville, where he led the men’s and women’s team to NCCAA Championships in 2002.
He has been involved in education for his entire career, earning an Associate of Arts Degree from Enterprise State Junior College in 1997, a School Administrator and Teaching Certificate in Accelerated Christian Education in 1998, a BS in organizational management from Virginia Intermont in 2001, and a BS in business administration from AUM in 2010.