MEDFORD - New Tufts men's tennis head coach Jaime Kenney announced that Karl Gregor has been hired as an assistant coach for the Jumbos.

Gregor graduated in 1997 from the US Air Force Academy, where he was a four-year letterman playing No. 1 singles and doubles during his career.  He also played on the U.S. All Armed Services team in 1998 and 1999.  He's been ranked top five in the New England Men's Open division and competed on the pro tour in 2002.

In addition to working for several years as a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard University, Gregor has also coached at Boston University and the US Air Force Academy. Along with his college coaching, he has over 10 years experience working with nationally-ranked juniors.  He is a volunteer with the USTA (United States Tennis Association) locally and nationally, currently serving on the USTA Colligiate Committee for USTA New England.  Gregor still competes locally in the Boston Pro Tennis League, a high-level competitive tennis league.

"It is an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to work with him," said Coach Kenney. "We are fortunate to have him on board.  I believe he will make an immediate and significant impact on the program."

Gregor served for five years in the US Air Force as an acquisitions officer.  Since separating from the Air Force as a Captain, he has worked full-time in the private sector.  He currently works in Lexington and lives in Boston.

The Tufts men begin 2011-12 on Sunday with a pair of matches in Rhode Island against Salve Regina and Roger Williams.