Jerry Tertzagian came to High Point University in the fall of 1991 as assistant soccer coach and men's tennis coach, and took over the reins of the women's tennis team in 1994.
He was named the 2003 Big South Coach of the Year after leading the Panther men to a 14-3 record and the first Big South championship and Division I NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, as well as the program's first-ever Division I national ranking. High Point's men's team went 16-4 in 2004, earned another national ranking and reached the finals of the Big South Tournament for the second straight year.
In 1996, Tertzagian's squad captured the Carolinas-Viginia Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles after posting a 17-2 overall record and a 10-0 perfect record in the CVAC. The 1996 team advanced to NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament and finished ranked 25th in the nation. His 1997 team posted a 16-4 record and placed third in the CVAC regular season and also advanced to the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament.
With the women’s program, Tertzagian guided the team to third-place finishes in both the 1996 and 1997 seasons with 15-4 and 15-6 records respectively. The Panther women played in the semifinals of the Big South Championships in 2003 and 2004.
The 1964 graduate of High Point returned to the Panthers following a 27-year career in public school teaching and coaching. Tertzagian earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tertzagian (pronounced "turt-SAY-gun") and his wife, Carol, reside in Jamestown.