Tennis Reunion Set For Sept. 28 Celebrating Coach Dixon's 20 Years At UMass
July 26, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass tennis program invites all former players, fans and supporters to sign-up for its Reunion on Sept. 28 which will honor Judy Dixon's 20 years as head coach. RSVP, please fill out the registration form found on page 5 of the 2013 Tennis Newsletter. The newsletter also contains a look back at the past season and a look forward at next year's team.
The Reunion will feature an Alumni Round Robin Doubles (at the Mullins Center Courts or at Bay Road Tennis Club if rain), a chance to see the current squad host Providence, a cocktail reception at the the Campus Center Hotel and Dinner in the evening. The day will surely be a chance to celebrate all that has taken place over the last two decades and the recent successes of the program.
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.
When Dixon first arrived at UMass, she performed double-duty as she also coached the men's team from 1993-2001. She led the Minutemen 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.
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