Head women's tennis coach Jackie Bagwell enters her 14th season at Amherst College and 13th 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 six seasons, including four consecutive Final Four appearances from 1998-2001, a return trip to the national semifinals in 2003 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 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.