In her first 17 years at the University of Massachusetts, Judy Dixon has climbed to the top of the UMass coaching charts. Her 204-160 record with the women's squad makes her the winningest tennis coach in UMass history.
Last season, Dixon led UMass to a 15-9 overall record, including a perfect 7-0 mark at home. The team closed the regular season on a four match winning streak, and combined with UMass' 3-1 record at the A-10 Championship, gave the squad seven wins in its last eight matches. Freshman Yuliana Motyl was named All-Conference First Team and sophomore Julia Comas took All-Conference Second Team honors, while senior Kaitlyn Carpenter was named Academic All-Conference.
In 2009-10, Dixon helped the Minutewomen dig out of an early 5-9 hole to win six consecutive matches leading into an A-10 Championship in which they earned the top overall seed. Among the victories was a 4-3 triumph over Temple on April 5, a team that would eventually win the conference and earn an NCAA Tournament berth. In the end, UMass advanced to the conference semifinals for the sixth-consecutive year (and nine of the last 10 seasons).
Dixon has earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors three times. In 2001 she garnered the accolade after the Minutewomen won the conference tournament and made the school's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. On the way to her team's successful postseason, Dixon coached UMass to its first 20-win season.
Dixon performed double-duty at UMass when she took on coaching the men's team from 1993-2001. She led the men's team to the New England championship in the 1996-97 season, and a 95-90 record in nine years.
Along with a successful coaching career, Dixon has also spent time as a touring professional. She competed in the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, and was also on the Virginia Slims Tour.
From 1975-80, the former doubles partner of Billie Jean King was a delegate to the United States Collegiate Sports Council, assisting in the selection of coaches and players for the World University Games. She also served as a clinician for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Training Center in 1990. In 2000, she was on the ITA Operating Board. Currently, she is on the New England Tennis Association Collegiate Committee.
Still active in national tennis, Dixon is involved in putting on corporate clinics at the U.S. Open with past World Champions, including Virginia Wade, Chris Evert and King. She is also involved with the Women's Sports Foundation, where she participated in fundraising with Evert and King. In 2003, she coached the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis.
Away from the tennis scene, Dixon has also enjoyed a career as a journalist. In 1975, she became the first woman nominated for an Emmy Award in Sports Broadcasting for her PBS color commentary at the Spalding International Mixed Doubles Championship. She was also the first woman ever to do color commentary for a professional sports team -- the Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis. Dixon served as the play-by-play announcer at NBC for the 1976 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship. She has also been a contributing writer for Sportswoman Magazine and a guest commentator on ABC's "Eye on Sport."
Prior to coming to UMass, Dixon served as the Coordinator of Women's Athletics and head tennis coach at Yale University from 1973-76. She compiled a 40-14 record at Yale, leading the Elis to the 1976 Ivy League championship. In April 2006, Dixon was honered by The Yale Club of New York City.
Dixon graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1973. A three-year letterwinner for the Trojans, she played both first singles and doubles at USC. The 1967 Junior National Champion claimed the 1973 Pacific Eight doubles title.
On June 21, 2008, Dixon was one of six inducted into the USTA New England Hall of Fame. She was inducted along with Olivia "Lee" Delfausse, Ralph Stuart, Richard Morse, Samuel V. Schoonmaker III, and Gerald Slobin at historic Newport, R.I. The USTA New England Hall of Fame exists to recognize those tennis players and non-players in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been so outstanding over a significant period of time as to justify the highest commendation and recognition.