Women's Tennis

 

  Judy Dixon
Judy Dixon

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
22nd Season At UMass

Alma Mater:
USC '73


09/16/2014

Tennis Set To Open 2014-15 Season At Brown Invitational

The UMass tennis team will travel to Providence, Rhode Island for its second appearance in the Brown Invitational.

06/17/2014

Incoming Tennis Class Ranked No. 23 Among Mid-Major Programs

Minutewomen add talented quintet to roster for 2014-15 campaign

05/03/2014

Judy Dixon Reflects On Successful Tennis Season

Head Coach Judy Dixon comments on the 2013-14 tennis season and looks ahead to another successful year.

03/12/2014

FEATURE: Meet The Minutewomen - Podlofsky

Take a minute to meet Jessica Podlofsky, a senior co-captain on the UMass tennis team.

02/18/2014

FEATURE: Meet The Minutewomen - Drabek

Get to know Bianca Drabek, a senior on the UMass tennis team out of Paris, France.

01/30/2014

Judy Dixon Previews The 2014 Spring Campaign

UMass tennis head coach Judy Dixon recaps the fall season and previews the upcoming 2014 spring season which starts this weekend at Brown and Harvard.

09/19/2013

Judy Dixon Previews The 2013-14 Season

UMass tennis coach Judy Dixon previews the 2013-14 squad and the fall season-opener at the Brown Invitational.

05/03/2013

Judy Dixon Recaps The Season/Previews 2013-14

UMass tennis head coach Judy Dixon recaps the Minutewomen's performance in the Atlantic 10 Championship and gives an early preview of the 2013-14 season.

04/04/2013

Judy Dixon Weekly Interview

UMass tennis head coach Judy Dixon previews this weekend's match against Temple and recaps the loss at Boston University.

03/14/2013

Judy Dixon Weekly Interview

UMass women's tennis head coach Judy Dixon recaps last weekend's action at Xavier and Dayton, previews the match at Boston College, and talks about the success the Minutewomen have had in doubles play this year.

04/21/2014

TENNIS vs. URI

TENNIS vs. URI Photos by Thom Kendall '93

10/10/2013

TENNIS VS. UCONN

TENNIS VS. UCONN Photos by Thom Kendall '93

04/16/2013

TENNIS vs. SHU (SENIOR DAY)

TENNIS vs. SHU (SENIOR DAY) Photos by Thom Kendall '93

  • USTA New England Hall of Fame Class of 2008
  • Judy Dixon honored by Yale

    In 21 years coaching at the University of Massachusetts, Judy Dixon has climbed to the top of the UMass coaching charts. Her 260-198 record with the women's squad makes her the winningest tennis coach in UMass history.

    This past season marked the third consecutive year that UMass posted 15-or-more wins highlighting one of the strongest stretches in recent history for the program. The Minutewomen entered the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the No. 3 seed before falling in the semifinals after picking up first round and quarterfinal round wins. Yuliana Motyl and Jessica Podlofsky each were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference squad setting up what should be a strong 2013-14 campaign for the Minutewomen.

    The year before that, 2011-12, the Minutewomen were coached to a 16-8 record by Dixon and were the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Dixon's squad carried an eight game winning streak into the the finals of the A-10 Championship but would eventually fall to Richmond 4-3. Due to the team's success Dixon was awarded the A-10 Coach of the Year award for the fourth time in her career at UMass. Over the course of the season her athletes reigned in six A-10 honors thanks to freshmen, Chanel Glasper and Hazuki Onaga. The pair together claimed four A-10 Rookie of the Week awards with Glasper earning the honor three of the four times. Glasper was 28-7 in her first collegiate campaign and swept her competition, going 3-0 the A-10 Championship. Sonia Bokhari and Yuliana Motyl each earned A-10 Player of the Week awards.

    In 2010-11, 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 honored 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.

    DIXON'S YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS
    Year School Record Season Notes
    1973-74 Yale 9-6
    1974-75 Yale 15-5
    1975-76 Yale 16-3 Ivy League Champions
    1992-93 UMass 3-3
    1993-94 UMass 11-6
    1994-95 UMass 9-7
    1995-96 UMass 15-4 New England Champions
    1996-97 UMass 11-4
    1997-98 UMass 14-12
    1998-99 UMass 16-9
    1999-00 UMass 9-15
    2000-01 UMass 20-8 New England Champions
    2001-02 UMass 9-19
    2002-03 UMass 7-13
    2003-04 UMass 9-13
    2004-05 UMass 17-7
    2005-06 UMass 14-10
    2006-07 UMass 13-9
    2007-08 UMass 12-12 #1 Seed in A-10 Championship
    2008-09 UMass 11-15
    2009-10 UMass 13-9
    2010-11 UMass 15-9
    2011-12 UMass 16-8 #1 Seed, A-10 Conference Runner-Up
    2012-13 UMass 16-6
    OVERALL 24 Yrs 300-212
    UMASS 21 Yrs 260-198

Last Updated July 2013

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