Bret Beaver took over as the Head Coach of the Western Carolina women's tennis program in August of 2018.
In his first full season as head coach, in 2019, Beaver led the Catamounts to a record of 12-10 just one win shy of tying the school record for most wins in a season in the program's history. Also in his inaugural season, Beaver had two players earn all-conference honors marks the first time in the program’s history a pair of Catamounts were honored, in singles, with post-season accolades. Jordan Strickland and Jacy Smith were each named to the All-Conference Second Team and Smith was also honored on the All-Freshman squad.
Beaver came to Western Carolina from former Southern Conference school Elon University where he spent three seasons, 2015-2018, as an assistant coach and then associate head coach for the Phoenix women’s tennis program.
In the 2018 season Elon, under the direction of Head Coach Elizabeth Anderson and Beaver, the Phoenix reached the semi-finals of the CAA Tournament and placed four on the all-conference team.
While Beaver was an assistant coach at Elon, the team amassed a record of 46-31 and a total of nine Phoenix earned post-season honors. In his first and second year with the team, Elon earned the No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament.
Prior to Elon, Beaver was an assistant women’s tennis coach at Charleston Southern University from 2013-15 in Charleston, S.C. Beaver was instrumental in the success of the women’s tennis program that won the Big South tournament championship during the 2015 season, earning a bid to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships.
The Buccaneers also won two Big South regular-season titles in 2014 and 2015. Beaver coached the Big South Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons. Charleston Southern achieved a national ranking of No. 74 in 2014 with a 35-7 overall match record with Beaver as an assistant.
Beaver has also worked as a tennis professional at the Wild Dunes Tennis Center in Isle of Palms, S.C., as well as a camp counselor for the Tennis Camp at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a tennis instructor for the Towpath Tennis Center in Akron, Ohio.
Beaver received his bachelors in Peace and Justice from Nazareth College.