Jesse Medvene-Collins enters his first season as an
assistant coach for the women's tennis program. He possesses more than nine
years of collegiate tennis coaching experience, including assistant stops at
Dartmouth, Wake Forest, Redlands and Iowa. Medvene-Collins spent the last two
seasons under the direction of Katie Dougherty in the Big Ten at the University
"Jesse is a great fit for this
program," Thomson said. "He brings experience and passion, and an understanding
of William and Mary's history of excellence in tennis. He also believes, as I
do, that great things are possible in the future. We are very fortunate to have
him on our coaching staff."
His responsibilities at Iowa included assisting with
recruiting, budget oversight, player development, practice management, match
scheduling, fund-raising and team travel. During the 2012 season, Iowa was
ranked as high as No. 58 nationally and earned upset wins over No. 36 DePaul
and No. 48 Penn State. The Hawkeyes finished the 2012 campaign at No. 10 in the
ITA Central Region. In 2011, Medvene-Collins assisted in the recruitment of the
No. 18 class in the country to Iowa. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, he also
assisted with the development of four-time All-Big Ten selection Sonja Molnar,
who was a unanimous all-league choice in 2011 and 2012. She was ranked as high
as No. 96 in 2011 and No. 66 in 2012. He also saw an Iowa doubles team reach
the NCAA Doubles Championship event for just the fourth time in 2011.
"I am thrilled to be part of the Tribe tennis family,"
Medvene-Collins said. "I have always had great respect and admiration for the
history of success here and for all of the great players, teams and coaches who
have been part of William and Mary Women's Tennis. I am very excited to work
with Tyler. He is someone who I have felt fortunate to call a colleague, mentor
and friend in the past, and I am really looking forward to working together."
This past summer, he was named the Intersectional coach for
the Missouri Valley Section Team at the USTA National Team Boys 18
Championships. Medvene-Collins achieved Level 1 certification in the RPT Europe
Spanish Player Development Course in 2012. He is also a USPTA (United States
Professional Tennis Association) Teaching Professional.
Prior to his time in Iowa City, Medvene-Collins was the
head women's tennis coach at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. He led the
Cyclones to a victory over the No. 7-ranked team in the West Region during his
lone season, marking the highest-ranked win in program history.
A native of Washington D.C., Medvene-Collins started his
collegiate coaching career as an assistant with stops at Dartmouth (2003-05),
Wake Forest (2005-07) and his alma mater the University of Redlands (2007-09).
During his two seasons at Dartmouth, he helped the Big Green to an overall
record of 26-16 and national rankings of No. 71 in 2004 and No. 65 in 2005. He
also assisted in the development of a top-100 nationally-ranked singles player
in Jayme Ahmend, a two-time first-team All-Ivy League selection. In 2005, Dartmouth
earned an ITA All-Academic team award, compiling a cumulative grade point
average above 3.2.
While serving as an assistant coach for the Demon Deacons,
he helped guide Wake Forest to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007 to
go along with national top 25 rankings. After being ranked as high as No. 14
nationally in 2006, the Deacs finished the year at No. 22, before capping off
the 2007 campaign at No. 20 nationally. He assisted with the development of
2006 NCAA Singles Championship participant Alex Hirsch, who finished the year
ranked No. 43 nationally. Wake Forest had three nationally ranked singles
players and two nationally ranked doubles teams at the conclusion of the 2007
As an assistant at Redlands, he helped lead the Bulldogs to
back-to-back conference championships in 2008 and 2009. Redlands was ranked
among the top 25 nationally in Division III during his tenure and finished the
2009 campaign with a program-best national ranking of No. 8. During his time
with the Bulldogs, he assisted in the development of three nationally ranked
Medvene-Collins earned his bachelor's degree in sociology
from Redlands in 2002 before returning to earn his master's degree in higher
education in 2009. As a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, he earned
all-conference honors during each of his final three seasons. The Bulldogs
participated in the NCAA Division III Tournament during each of his four
seasons and finished his sophomore campaign at No. 4 nationally.