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  Tami Matheny

Tami Matheny

Player Profile

Last College:
Lenoir-Rhyne

Position:
Director of Tennis

Experience:
3rd Year

Graduated:
1993

One of the most successful tennis coaches in school history, Tami Matheny is back for her third season in her second go-round with the Spartan tennis teams, this time as the school's Director of Tennis.

Matheny is in her second year as the Director of Tennis at Upstate. Her duties include scheduling, budgeting, travel arrangements and other day-to-day operations of both tennis programs as well as serving as the director of the USC Upstate Tennis Center after serving seven years as an Associate Athletics Director and Upstate's Senior Women's Administrator.

Primarily involved in on-court coaching of the women's tennis program, Matheny helped the Spartan women post a third-place finish in the A-Sun in 2009, finishing with a 13-4 record. The team had three All-A-Sun selections, including Anna Novo, who earned her fourth all-conference honors.

In 2008, Matheny helped De Marzo oversee a very smooth transition to Division I for the tennis program. The Spartan women's tennis team won its first regular season league title in school history, sweeping the Atlantic Sun Conference slate with a perfect 11-0 record. Along with softball, the women's tennis team was the first to win an Atlantic Sun regular season title and Anna Novo was one of three Spartan athletes at the school to earn A-Sun Player of the Year honors. Finishing with a 17-3 overall record, the women's squad also succeeded in the classroom, earning ITA All-Academic Team honors with a 3.490 GPA during the season. Senior Diana Martinez also became the school's first two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Matheny served as Upstate Senior Woman's Administrator from 1999-08. In addition to her administrative duties at USC Upstate, she served as a member of the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Mid-Atlantic Region committee and was the chair in 2005-06.

Matheny came to USC Upstate as the head tennis coach in 1998. During her five-year stint with the tennis programs, she elevated the programs to levels never before seen. On the men's side, she took a program that won no matches in 1999 and led the team to its first NCAA Regional ranking in five years just two seasons later in 2002. On the women's side, Matheny took a program that won just one match in 1998 and took it to its first NCAA Regional in eight years in 2003.

In total, Matheny coached one All-American, five All-Peach Belt Conference selections and 39 Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll selections. She took the Spartan men to the NCAA Division II Tournament a school-record-tying three times.

Matheny stepped down as head coach of the Spartans after the 2003 season to focus on her role as an administrator, handing the program over to her assistant coach and former student-athlete, Josh Hausman. Matheny left the programs having amassed a school-record 48 wins with the women's program, a mark surpassed by another former student-athlete, Alessandro De Marzo, in 2008.

In 2003, Matheny earned the Peach Belt Conference Men's Coach of the Year, thanks to leading the Rifles to a 20-2 overall record and a share of the Peach Belt Conference regular season crown. Matheny coached the men to the Peach Belt Conference championship match and to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight time, while also helping Diego Sist earn All-American honors. On the women's side, a 15-8 record helped the Lady Rifles earn their first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1995. The women finished the season ranked 25th in Division II.

The 2002 Rifle men went 13-7 to earn a bid to the NCAA South Regionals. A 12-9 record in 2001 also helped the men earn a regional bid. The women went 12-8 in 2002 to finish better than .500 for the first time since 1994.

In her first two seasons as coach, Matheny led the women's team to a remarkable improvement, as the team went from 0-12 the year before she took the job to 2-13 in 1999, and then to 9-16 in 2000. The men similarly quickly developed after an 0-12 season in her first year. The Rifles won five matches the next year before reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2001.

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. While at Lenoir-Rhyne she played basketball and tennis.

The Matheny File

HOMETOWN: Forest City, N.C.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 1993 Bachelor's of Science - Psychology Lenoir-Rhyne College 1999 Master's of Sports Administration University of North Carolina

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1998-2004 Head Coach - USC Upstate 2007-Pres. Director of Tennis - USC Upstate

COACHING HONORS 2003 Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year (Men)

AS A HEAD COACH Year Men Women Highlights 1999 0-12 2-13 Led women to twice as many wins as previous two years 2000 5-10 9-16 Teams had 12 more wins than first year 2001 12-9 10-12 Men's first NCAA bid since 1996 2002 13-7 12-8 Women's first winning season since 1994 2003 20-2 15-8 Both tennis squads reached NCAA Regionals Total 50-40 48-57

AS DIRECTOR OF TENNIS Year Men Women Highlights 2008 15-6 17-3 Women won A-Sun regular-season title 2009 22-3 13-4 Women earn three All-A-Sun nods

 
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