Head Coach Jackie Bagwell
Jackie Bagwell enters her 18th season as head coach of the Amherst women's tennis team. The Kokomo, IN native has led the Jeffs to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 10 of the last 11 seasons, including final four appearances in eight of the last 11 seasons and the college's first NCAA Championship in any sport in 1999. The Jeffs have taken home the NESCAC crown in each of the last four seasons after sharing the title in 2004. Bagwell’s squads also produced back-to-back national singles champions in 1999 and 2000, national doubles champions in 2007 and 2008, and a bevy of All-Conference and All-America performers during her tenure. She has attracted national and regional attention, earning Boston Area Coach of the Year honors at the annual Boston Sports Awards in September of 2000, going up against Boston Red Sox manager Jimmy Williams and Boston Bruins head coach Pat Burns, among others, for the honor. In 2007, Bagwell was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
As an undergrad, Bagwell spent three seasons at Columbus College before transferring to the University of Texas-Permian Basin, where she helped lead the Falcons to an NAIA National Tournament appearance. She graduated from the University of Indiana in 1986 with a degree in history/physical education and worked as a teaching pro at the Jimmy Connors United States Tennis Center in Florida. Prior to moving to Amherst, Bagwell spent two seasons coaching at Hamilton College.
This year, Bagwell will once again be joined by assistant coach Jon Hurwitz.