Former UAB All-American and seven-year ATP Tour veteran Paul Rosner enters his seventh season as head men's tennis coach at Birmingham-Southern.
Rosner was a three-time NCAA Doubles All-American at UAB during his playing career from 1991-95. He and doubles partner, Vaughan Snyman, spent most of their junior and senior seasons ranked among the top five doubles teams in the country, ranking as high as No. 3 and ending up with a No. 7 final ranking after their senior season. Rosner was also ranked as high as No. 16 in the nation in singles competition in 1993. He was on the 1995 National Indoor Doubles runners-up tandem and, with Snyman, won the title in 1994. They also won the National NCAA Clay Court Tournament in 1994 and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and 1995.
After UAB, Rosner joined the ATP Tour where he produced an outstanding resume, particularly in doubles play. As a doubles competitor, he competed in 20 Grand Slam events and achieved a world ranking as high as No. 58 with partner Brandon Coupe. In 1998, Rosner and Coupe won the Bologna International Series tour stop. He and partner Jason Weir Smith knocked off Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic in the 2000 Brighton England International Series tour event. Rosner was also a part of doubles tandems that beat Jim Courier, twice, and Lleyton Hewitt, and that advanced to the Round of 16 of Wimbledon in 1998.
Rosner also coaches youth tennis as a part of Le Petit Tennis' Birmingham branch. The Boca Raton, Fla.,-based company introduces tennis to 3½ - to 11-year-old children by working through area schools and recreation program.
Rosner is married to the former Leigh Higginbotham of Pinson, Ala. They are the parents of two daughters: Nora Claire, born in December 2003, and Addison May, born in October 2007.