Simone Jardim enters her first season as the women's tennis head coach at Michigan State. Jardim brings an impressive and sought-after resume to MSU after serving as an assistant coach at both the College of William and Mary and Fresno State University.
Jardim began her coaching career as an interim assistant coach at her alma mater, Fresno State, in 2004. She was later added to the staff as a full-time assistant coach under Simon Thibodeau prior to the 2005 season. During her three years as an assistant, Fresno State compiled a 58-20 record, winning three WAC Championships and three NCAA Tournament bids. In two of her three seasons, 2004 and 2006, the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. During her first season, the Bulldogs totaled the second-highest win total in school history (22), while finishing the year ranked No. 13 nationally. In Jardim's final season as an assistant at Fresno State, the Bulldogs finished the year ranked No. 20 after compiling a 20-7 record.
Also during her tenure as an assistant at Fresno State, Jardim helped guide a singles player and a doubles pair to an NCAA title match. In 2004, Jelena Pandzic advanced to the championship in singles. Two years later, Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter garnered a spot in the NCAA Doubles Championship final.
In January of 2008, Jardim arrived at William and Mary as an assistant coach to Kevin Epley. Her success continued with the Tribe tennis program as the team compiled a 16-8 overall record. William and Mary advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss, Jardim once again coached a doubles pair to the NCAA Tournament as Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic advanced to the quarterfinal match against UCLA's Tracey Lin and Riza Zalameda, who would then go on to win the NCAA Doubles Championship. Upon the departure of Epley at the end of the 2008 season, Jardim was once again named interim head coach.
Jardim spent two seasons as a player at Fresno State after transferring from Auburn. Jardim put together an impressive run in a Bulldog uniform, posting a singles record of 52-16 and a doubles mark of 59-14; she earned All-America honors twice in doubles play. Jardim teamed with Kim Niggemeyer to form the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for a time in 2001. The pair played in the NCAA Tournament in both 2001 and 2002, finishing both campaigns ranked top 10 nationally. Jardim was a second-team All-WAC selection in singles and a first-team honoree in doubles during both of her seasons with the Bulldogs.
Fresno State was 38-11 during her two seasons of competition and finished the 2001 campaign ranked No. 14 nationally, while completing 2002 at No. 25. The Bulldogs won a WAC Championship in 2002 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament during both of Jardim's seasons. During the 2000-01 season, Fresno State was ranked as high as No. 8 in the country, which is still a program best.
A native of Santa Maria, Brazil, Jardim graduated from Fresno State in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications and journalism with an emphasis in public relations. She is married to Chad Edwards.