|Previous College Athletic Achievements:||3x NCAA Doubles champion|
"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'm excited to walk into a place where success has been proven, and it's great to be back in the UC system where high academics standards, merit, and integrity are so important."
Before UC Santa Cruz, Jensen was Head Coach, Director of Tennis, and created a popular Junior Academy at Mills College. Prior to, she 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 Associate Head Coach for Cal from 2001-2006, where she coached 9 Division I All Americans and 2 NCAA Champions.
In 2011 she took on a key role with the governing body of tennis (United States Tennis Association) as the 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 of players, as well as recruiting locally to add additional talent to the lineup. "I look forward to assessing and addressing the needs of our current roster, and partnering with them rebuild and recreate the culture of success and development that Santa Cruz Tennis is known for."
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".
As a player 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. She was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of fame in 2011.
Recently she received the honor of being voted "Pac-12 Women's Double Team of the Century" as well as being added to the "Pac-12 All Century Team" for tennis.
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. "