Josh Aubrey, a senior captain for the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s tennis team, is used to success. During his high school tennis career, Aubrey lettered all four years at Chapel Hill High School (Douglasville, Georgia) where he helped his team win a regional championship during his freshman year in 2009. At the time, Aubrey was ranked top 10 in Georgia USTA rankings and top 50 in USTA Southern Region U-16 rankings.
Aubrey started his college career at Winston-Salem State (2013-15) where, as a freshman, he helped his WSSU team win its first conference championship in school history (2013). During his freshman year, Aubrey also earned No.12 regional ITA ranking for Division II. Aubrey views these accomplishments as some of his greatest thus far in his tennis career.
In 2015, Aubrey transferred to Charlotte, with a change of scenery in mind. “It wasn’t all about tennis,” Aubrey said. “It was an educational decision as well, a bigger school and more diverse.”
In the year that Aubrey has played for Charlotte, he feels he has improved as a teammate and a leader. “I think I understand people more because at my previous school, we had an all African American team. This team is more diverse with people from all parts of the world so you learn how to talk to different people and how to understand different situations.”
At Charlotte (2015-16), Aubrey has been a part of a doubles teams that won seven matches. Aubrey teamed with senior Carl Solik to form a strong doubles team that saw action in 16 dual matches and won six doubles matches including a four-match winning streak.
For the senior captain, the goals for this season are simple. With confidence, Aubrey said, “One is to win Conference USA which is a goal that is within our reach and then also make some noise in the NCAAs. I think (as a team) we are peaking right now.”
As a captain, Aubrey finds ways to motivate and encourage his teammates. Aubrey refers to a poster hanging in the locker room as his team’s biggest motivation. “It says ‘win the day’ and that sort of goes along with the notion that it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday. We don’t need to worry about winning conference because we have already set that goal, we just come out here today or whatever day and do our best that day.”
Aubrey was humbled when he was chosen captain due to the high levels of leadership in nearly every member of the men’s tennis team. He knows his teammates well and feels that every member of the team knows how to lead and when to step in or pull back and let someone else step in instead. A collective strength that the 49er’s men’s tennis team possesses is working hard for their success. “I do think that we have a lot of guys that lead by example and we have our vocal leaders- I guess I’m one of the vocal leaders,” Aubrey said. “We’ve got a little bit of everything which is great.”
The sociology major plans on coaching at an academy following his graduation and taking a little time off from school. Eventually, Aubrey plans on going back to school and getting his master’s degree in family counseling.
Tennis hasn’t served as simply a sport for Aubrey as he claims to have learned a lot about leadership and dealing with problems just by being a part of a team. “It’s been kind of up and down and that kind of teaches you how to go forward in life. You’re not always going to be at your best, but as long as you stay steady and stay true to yourself and be consistent, you’ll be successful in life.”
With high hopes for the season, his team and his future, Josh Aubrey is prepared for whatever life serves up next.