May 19, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins men's tennis junior Tanner Brown has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team it was announced Thursday afternoon. He earned First Team honors for District II and will now move on to the national ballot, with the Academic All-America teams scheduled for release on Tuesday, June 3. Brown is the 10th player in program history to earn the honor and JHU has placed at least one men's tennis player on the list in each of the last five years.
The District II region includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve. The Men's At-Large Team consists of athletes from the following sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Brown captained the seventh-ranked Blue Jays to a 20-4 record, its eighth straight Centennial Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals this season. He is 8-3 in singles and 12-1 in doubles so far this season and currently ranks eighth in school history in career singles wins (45), 12th in doubles (44) and ninth in total wins (89). Brown is a three-time All-American, earning the honor twice in singles and once in doubles. He is also a three-time All-Centennial Conference selection. Brown was named the 2012 ITA Atlantic South Rookie of the Year and later that year won the ITA Southeast Doubles title with classmate Erik Lim. The duo went on to finish fourth at the ITA National Small College Championship.
In his career, Brown has led Hopkins to a 59-12 (.831) record, including a 36-0 mark in the Centennial, three conference titles, one NCAA Sweet 16 and two NCAA Elite 8 appearances. He is a two-time NCAA Singles qualifier and has a freshman in 2012 advanced to the round of 16. He holds school records for singles wins by a freshman (22) and singles matches played by a freshman (28). Brown and his teammates will take on host and top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Monday, May 19 at 9:00 am PT.
Off the court, Brown is majoring in behavioral biology and boasts a 3.66 cumulative GPA. This past December and January, he shadowed a general practitioner, a neurosurgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. Brown has also worked as a tennis teaching pro last fall at the Green Springs Racquet Club, teaching high-level tennis juniors in the Baltimore area. He has volunteered with the Special Olympics since September 2011, teaching tennis fundamentals and participating in other activities on weekends in the fall. He is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, participating in the Johns Hopkins University Mentoring Program (JUMP), an after school activities and mentoring program for inner city Baltimore youth.