Head Coach Jackie Bagwell
Head women's tennis coach Jackie Bagwell enters her 11th season at Amherst College and 10th as head coach. The Kokomo, Ind., native has led Amherst's women's tennis team to three consecutive NCAA Division III Final Four appearances, including the college's first-ever tennis national championship team title 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 10-season tenure.
Bagwell (center) with|
Antoine Walker (right) of the
Boston Celtics at the Boston
"I attribute our success to great student-athletes and their strong desire to succeed," said Bagwell, who also coaches women's squash at Amherst. "Any recognition I've received is merely a byproduct of their hard work."
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 as the top-ranked singles player at Columbus College before transferring to the University of Texas-Permian Basin, where she led 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.