Women's Tennis Coaching Staff

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 15th season at Amherst College and 14th 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 eight seasons, including four consecutive Final Four appearances from 1998-2001, another trio of national semifinal appearances from 2003-05, back-to-back NESCAC crowns in 2004-05, 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

A native of Yonkers, New York and a 2005 Amherst graduate, Erin Murphy brings a wealth of competitive playing experience to the Jeffs' coaching staff. Murphy began her career for Amherst as a doubles specialist, playing at the second and third doubles positions, and earning All-NESCAC honors in 2003. Murphy added more accolades to her resume in the 2004-05 season, winning the fourth flight championship of the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT), and garnering All-NESCAC plaudits for both her singles and doubles play. Nominated for the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award in her senior year, Murphy competed in three NCAA Team Tournaments for the Jeffs, helping them to successive fourth-, second- and third-place national finishes.

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