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Tufts University Men | Women

Division:NCAA - Div. III
Location:Medford, MA
Head Coach:Kate Bayard
Assistant Coach:Alex Howard
Institution Type:Private
Environment:City suburb
Student Population:4,000+
Top Mid-Major Classes: #15 in 2007
Top Div. III Classes: #5 in 2015, #11 in 2014, #10 in 2013, #9 in 2011, #5 in 2010

Post Season Highlights
* Tufts reached the 2014 regional NCAA finals. This was Tufts' 14th consecutive NCAA team appearance.
* Tufts captain Samantha Gann won the 2014 ITA National Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship.
* 4 Tufts players have been named NESCAC Sportswoman of the Year since 2006.
* Tufts players have earned All-American status 13 times during Bayard's time at Tufts.
* Tufts won the 2011 NCAA regional tournament, and advanced to the NCAA elite 8 for the 1st time in school history, finishing the season ranked #5 in the national ITA team rankings
* Julia Browne won NCAA National Singles Championship and ended the year ranked #1 in the country in 2010, then entered the 2010-2011 year ranked #1.
* McCooey/Browne won the ITA National Championship in doubles at the ITA Small College Championships 2 years in a row (2008 & 2009)
* Browne received ITA National Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship and was honored at the US Open on ADKD
* McCooey/Browne were semifinalists in the NCAA doubles championship (2010)
* Browne finished her career as a 6-time ITA All-American as a junior (4x singles, 2x doubles)
* McCooey finished her career as a 3-time ITA All-American (2x doubles, 1x singles)
* Browne was named NESCAC Player of the Year for 3 years in a row - 1st time ever for this to happen. She was named rookie of the year and senior player of the year in addition to being named all-conference 4x. She was also named senior sportswoman of the year.
* Browne/Bowman were named All-American & 1st team all-conference in doubles.
* Lindsay Katz was NESCAC Rookie of the Year & all-conference during her first-year.
* Tufts team won the ITA national sportsmanship award (April 2010).
* Tufts team moved a formerly homeless family into permanent housing. We fundraised the money needed, then physically moved the family into a permanent home.
* Tufts team volunteered this year for Aceing Autism and for The Special Olympics. Community service is always a part of what we do as a team.
Coaching Achievements
Head Coach Kate Roiter Bayard:
*Kate Roiter Bayard enters her 11th year as head coach at Tufts.
*Bayard has coached her players to 3 individual national titles while at Tufts (1 in singles, 2 in doubles). Julia Browne won the NCAA national singles championship in 2010.
*Both Julia Browne and Samantha Gann won the National ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship award. The team was also recognized as an ITA national sportsmanship team award winner.
*4 Tufts players have been named NESCAC Sportswoman of the Year since 2006.
*Bayard has coached her players to All-American status 13 times during her time at Tufts.
*The Tufts team qualified for NCAA post-season play for 14 seasons in a row through 2014.
*The 2011 Tufts team was ranked #5 in the country and reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the 1st time in school history.
*Bayard is a two-time NESCAC coach of the year (2009, 2011), was ITA regional coach of the year (2010), & USTA coach of the year (2010).
*Bayard has coached at both DIII and DI schools. Before coming to Tufts, she coached at Yale (assistant), Wellesley (head), Dartmouth (head).
*She was a pro at Longwood Cricket Club, then Dedham Country & Polo Club (2002-2005) where she became head pro in the summer.
*College Tennis: Bayard earned First Team All-Ivy honors four times while playing for Harvard ('96), where she captained two Ivy League championship teams for the Crimson. She was Ivy League Rookie of the year during her freshman year while playing #1 singles and #1 doubles for the Crimson. The Harvard team was ranked as high as #15 nationally in Division I and had a win over a top 5 team during her time there.
*Junior tennis: Bayard was ranked nationally #3 in doubles and #26 in singles in junior USTA final rankings and has won a gold ball, a silver ball, and a bronze ball. Bayard won the national USTA national sportsmanship award in the girls 16's.
*Bayard also earned Mass State All-Star soccer honors & Eastern Mass All-star soccer honors while captaining her high school soccer team.

Assistant Coach Alex Howard:
*Howard enters his third year as assistant coach at Tufts.
*Currently director of tennis at Ipswich Country Club
*Was Head Tennis Pro at Manchester Athletic Club (2009-13)
*Has coached highly nationally ranked juniors throughout his career
*Played #1 singles for U Richmond, where he was captain during his senior year
*Received Spider Award @ U Richmond: given to senior athlete who most exemplifies sportsmanship, work ethic, dignity, and leadership
*Howard played on the professional tennis circuit for 2000-2001 & earned an ATP World Singles Ranking
*Howard finished first in New England seven times in the men's open division between singles and doubles combined.
*Howard captained two US Tennis Association 5.0 teams to national titles (2003 & 2010) and won the 2005 national grasscourt men's open doubles championship.

Assistant Coach Samantha Gann:
*Gann enters her second year as assistant coach at Tufts.
*Was captain of the Tufts team and played #1 singles during her senior year (class of 2014)
*Won the 2014 ITA National Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship
*Was named NESCAC Senior Sportswoman of the year
*Received the Lindsay Morehouse Award for sportsmanship, character, and hard work
*Received the Adrian Misic Prize at Tufts for excellence on the field, in class and for active engagement
*Gann's involvement with Special Olympics started at the age of 14 and continued through her Tufts years. A certified Special Olympics coach, she taught tennis skills, organized tournaments, and coordinated coaches’ training seminars and athlete skills and nutritional assessment events.
*Gann served as co-liaison of the Community Engagement Committee to assist the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with organizing activities to involve Tufts students with neighboring communities and charitable causes.
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