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Head Coach Jackie Bagwell
Jackie Bagwell (center) with NBA All-Star Antoine Walker (right) at the 2000 Boston Sports Awards

Head women's tennis coach Jackie Bagwell enters her 14th season at Amherst College and 13th as head coach. The Kokomo, Ind., native has led Amherst's women's tennis team to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons, including four consecutive Final Four appearances from 1998-2001, a return trip to the national semifinals in 2003 and the college's first NCAA Championship in any sport in 1999. Her squads have also produced back-to-back national singles champions and a bevy of All-Conference and All-America performers during her tenure. Bagwell's experience and dedication remains the X-factor for Amherst. She's attracted national and regional attention of late, earning Boston Area Coach of the Year honors at the annual Boston Sports Awards in Sept., 2000. Bagwell competed against Boston Red Sox manager Jimmy Williams and Boston Bruins head coach Pat Burns, among others, for the honor. 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 then 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 Division III rival Hamilton College.

Jackie Bagwell's Career Coaching Record

Anna Sloan enters her first year as an Amherst assistant while working as a visiting assistant professor at Smith College. She brings a wealth of competitive tennis experience to the program, having played four seasons at Brown University, where she was an NCAA qualifier and the top ranked player in the Eastern Section before graduating in 1992. She then served as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in a variety of instructional capacities, including Nike Tennis Camps at Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College, the ASA Summer Camp at the University of Massachusetts, Judy Dixon’s Tennis Camp at the University of Massachusetts, the Levy Tennis Pavilion in Philadelphia, Penn. and the River Forest Tennis Club in River Forest, Ill. Sloan earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and lives in nearby Northampton, Mass.


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