May 19, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State University Athletics Department announced Wednesday that women’s tennis head coach Lise Gregory resigned as head of the Seminole women’s tennis program, to pursue a new career.
“Tennis has been my life for as long as I can remember and I feel I’m ready to try some different things,” Gregory, who just completed her eighth season at FSU. “I’m leaving an amazing job and every one of my players will be apart of my family. Sometimes we need to take a risk and see what else life has to offer. It’s time for me to move on.”
Gregory led this year’s team to an 18-8 record, a school-tying record of six wins in Atlantic Coast Conference play and the semifinals of the conference championships and the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament.
Additionally, Gregory coached junior Mihaela Moldovan to the only undefeated singles season in FSU school history. Gregory was recently awarded the 2004 ITA South Region Coach of the Year as well as Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. The conference honor was the second during her stint at Florida State.
“While I certainly respect Lise’s decision to leave coaching at this time, I regret it for our women’s tennis program.” said FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “Lise has done a terrific job the past eight years. Her teams have consistently excelled academically, in competition, and in giving back to our community through community service efforts. Her leadership has afforded us a very solid base for our women’s tennis program in every respect. We thank her for that and wish her well in her new endeavors.”
Over her eight years at FSU, the Seminoles have made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and earned seven straight Golden Torch Awards – an honor bestowed on the Florida State team with the highest GPA. Gregory has the highest winning percentage in FSU women’s tennis coaching history, with a career record of 119-83 (including the 2004 season) for a .589 winning percentage. Gregory is the all-time winningest women’s tennis coach at FSU and the only 100 match winner.
Perhaps, FSU’s best season under Gregory came in 1998-99 when FSU placed three players on the All-ACC team for the first time in school history. FSU won 118 of 168 matches that season. She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 1999.
While the program’s success on the court was well documented, its commitment and performance in the classroom was equally impressive. The 2002-03 women’s tennis team alone had seven members on the Dean’s List and nine members had a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eight team members were also listed on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. In addition to the on-court and classroom accomplishments, Gregory created the “Golden Spear Club”, a group comprised of Tallahassee community members who provide support to the Florida State women’s and men’s tennis programs.
As a player at Miami, Gregory earned an amazing seven NCAA All-America honors for her singles and doubles play as well as an NCAA doubles’ championship in 1986 with teammate Ronni Reis. The duo compiled an impressive 84-10 record over four years, while Miami was consistently ranked among the nation’s Top Five. Gregory was named to Tennis Magazine’s All-Star team in both 1986 and 1987.
As a professional, Gregory won nine tournament titles in 16 finals appearances, including seven Virginia Slims doubles championships on the way to a career-high No. 18 world doubles ranking in 1990. She also won the singles at the $25,000 Challenger in Philadelphia in 1987. Perhaps the highlight of her professional career was when Gregory and partner Gretchen Magers were the fourth-ranked doubles tandem in the world. In 1991, Gregory was a doubles quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, a Grand Slam event, as well as one of the top eight teams in the world that participated in the year-ending Virginia Slims Championship.