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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 16th 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

Kristen Raverta '06 joins the Amherst College coaching ranks after graduating this year with a degree in psychology and one of the most distinguished player records at Amherst. As a student-athlete at Amherst, Raverta saw success from her first days on the court, and was named both the NESCAC and ITA Northeast Rookies of the Year. She was named to the NESCAC All Conference Singles First Team four times, and the ITA Women's Division III All American Team four times. During her senior season for the Jeffs, Raverta reached the finals of the women's NCAA NAtional Division III tournament and was named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year, as well as the ITA Northeast and NESCAC Players of the Year. The Amherst Student newspaper named her Athlete of the Year in 2006, and she finished ranked #2 in singles and #7 in doubles nationally by the ITA Division III year end rankings. Raverta is also the Student Life Fellow at the Dean of Students Office at Amherst College at this time.

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