Nigel Bentley returns to the helm of the Boston College women's tennis program for his ninth season. Prior to his joining the women's team, Bentley was the head coach of the BC men's tennis team for four years.
Last season, the Eagles had their most productive season under Bentley. With a third-place finish in the East region, BC finished the year with a national ranking of 59. The Eagles climbed as high as 46th nationally in 2004, the highest ranking in the program's history. Junior Szilvia Szegedi achieved an individual ranking of 119 among collegiate tennis players. Szegedi finished the season ranked seventh in the Eastern region. Additionally, the team earned ITA All Academic honors.
A United States Professional Tennis Association member with a professional 1 rating, Bentley has held head director positions at country clubs throughout Massachusetts, as well as across the U.S. and internationally.
Before arriving at the Heights in 1995 to assume an assistant coaching position on the men's team, a post he held for one season before being named the squad's head coach, Bentley served as tennis director at the Chatham Bars Inn from 1987-1994. He was then hired as tennis director at the prestigious Concord Country Club in 1995, a position he continues to hold.
Bentley held similar posts at Cap Juluca in Anguilla, British West Indies, Cascade Tennis Club in Vail, Colorado and Sunrise Country Club in Palm Springs, California.
Since his arrival at BC, Bentley was elected President of the BIG EAST Tennis Association, and has represented the school on both the ITA and NCAA Regional Selection Committees. He has also served on the BIG EAST Conference's Seeding and Selection Committee.
An active member of the Prince Advisory Staff, Bentley still competes in New England Lawn and Tennis Association and USPTA events. He also provides occasional columns and features on New England tennis for local weekly newspapers.
A 1983 graduate of Connecticut College, Bentley was inducted into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2003.
Bentley and his wife, Betsy, reside in Acton with their children, Blake and Sarah.