December 3, 2015
Santa Cruz, CA. – Amy Jensen has been named women's tennis coach at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jensen comes to UCSC after spending last season as Mill's Head Coach and Director of Tennis while also providing Pac-12 Network commentary. Jensen joins recent hire Mike Napoli who will now concentrate his efforts on guiding the UCSC men's team.
"We are fortunate to have hired such an accomplished collegiate coach in Amy Jensen," said director of athletics Cliff Dochterman. "We are very proud to have selected a coach with such a high degree of success as a coach and athlete. Her experience in the UC system, both playing and coaching at Cal, and her high commitment to academics makes her a strong fit for our university and athletic department."
Said Jensen, "I'd like to thank Director Dochtermann and the committee for this fantastic opportunity! I am thrilled and can't wait to start working alongside these talented student-athletes. I'm excited to walk into a place where success has been proven, and I'm excited to be back in the UC system where academics are so important."
Before Mills, Jensen found success as the women's head coach at the University of Denver. From 2006-2009 she accumulated a 63-18 overall record and was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. Jensen also served as an assistant coach for Cal from 2001-2006. She took a break from intercollegiate coaching in 2009 where she was named USTA NorCal Manger of Player Development working with athletes from youth through college and even the pro circuit.
In the short term Jensen looks forward to serving the current roster players, as well as hopefully adding some additional talent to the lineup. "I look forward to assessing and addressing the needs of our 2016 roster, and partnering with them rebuild and recreate the culture of success and development that Santa Cruz Tennis is known for. "From the get go, as a team, we need to pay attention to daily contribution. The small things are the big things! Together we will explore the possibilities for this team – which may include the shot at a conference title. From there we will reframe and focus on doing the daily, repetitive, small things with passion and high quality."
Long term, Jensen sees a lot of opportunity for success. "I believe it's possible for UCSC to again compete for a national titles in tennis. California's great climate helps make this region a hot bed for tennis talent. UCSC is an 'uncommon' institution and this uniqueness is what makes us stand out to potential recruits. Our history of tennis success, along with UC academic strength, and our superb location, are an unbeatable combination. We will make sure we attract the right student-athletes who will seek challenge and excellence on the court and in the classroom".
Jensen was a 5-time All-American at the University of California as well as a NCAA record holder, winning 3 consecutive NCAA doubles titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000. As a professional, Jensen held WTA professional rankings in singles and doubles and played in both the US Open (1998, 1999, 2000) and Australian Open (2001).
"She is the right person to take our program to the next level. Amy's drive, passion, and commitment is what we need for our program," added Dochterman. "
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