Women's Tennis

Dixon Named For Induction Into The 2008 USTA New England Tennis Hall Of Fame

Dixon has accumulated a 177-139 record with the Minutewomen

Dixon has accumulated a 177-139 record with the Minutewomen

Oct. 22, 2007

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Judy Dixon, head coach for the UMass women's tennis team for the last 15 years, is to be inducted into the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame on June 21, 2008 in Newport, R.I.

Dixon is one of six people to be inducted next year. Other inductees include Olivia "Lee" Delfausse, Ralph Stuart, Richard Morse, Samuel V. Schoonmaker III, and Gerald Slobin.

In her 16 years with the tennis program at UMass, Dixon has accumulated a record of 177-139, making her the winningest tennis coach in UMass history. In 10 of the 15 years the tennis program has had a record over .500 with one New England Championship win in 1995-96, and an Atlantic 10 Championship title in 2000-01.

While coaching the UMass women's tennis squad, Dixon has won the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award three times. In 2001 she received the award after leading UMass to the A10 Championship title and their first ever NCAA tournament appearance.

From 1993-2001, Dixon was also the coach of the men's tennis squad ending with a record of 95-90 and leading them to the New England Championship during the 1996-97 season.

Before coaching UMass, Dixon was a touring professional competing in both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon and took part in the Virginia Slims Tour. Dixon was previously a doubles partner of Billie Jean King.

Dixon also participates in the tennis world outside of competing. From 1975-80, Dixon was a delegate to the United States Collegiate Sports Council, in 1990 was a clinician for the USTA Training Center, and she currently is a member of the New England Tennis Associate Collegiate Committee.

Dixon also helps to put on corporate clinics at the U.S. Open currently and is involved with the Women's Sports Foundation where she participates in fundraising with tennis greats Chris Evert and King.




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