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Tami Matheny is in her 11th year at USC Upstate and has returned to the coaching sidelines full-time in her first year as Director of Tennis at the University.
Matheny came to Upstate as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs in 1998. She quickly built the tennis programs into contenders on the national scene in NCAA Division II, elevating both programs to heights never before achieved. While serving as head tennis coach, she also assumed an administrative role within the athletics department. She was elevated to Assistant Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator in 2000.
Matheny continued to serve in a dual role as an athletics administrator and head coach for three years. Her coaching career culminated in the women's tennis team earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, the first postseason appearance in the history of the program, and the men's team advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, also a first for the program. It was under her guidance and leadership that the program was established on a national level.
Matheny was promoted to Associate Athletics Director in 2003. Upon being elevated to the position, she stepped down from coaching to concentrate full-time on her administrative duties. However, Matheny did not stray far from the coaching sidelines and has served as the interim assistant tennis coach the past two seasons. The desire to return to the sideline was met with the recent opportunity to oversee the men's and women's tennis programs and head coach Alessandro De Marzo as the Director of Tennis, as well as running the Upstate Community Tennis Center which is housed at Upstate and the Tennis Complex.
Previously, she served as tennis professional at UNC Hospital and assistant pro at Tampa Yacht and Country Club. In 1998, she served as a productions assistant at the Lipton Tennis Tournament.
Matheny graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1993, and earned a master's degree in sports administration from the University of North Carolina in 1999. She was named the 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year while at Lenoir-Rhyne.