Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox released Wednesday a contract extension for head women’s tennis coach Jennifer Hyde that will take her through the 2020 season.
The Florida State women’s tennis program has emerged as one of the top programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the country during Hyde’s 13 seasons at the helm. She has coached 10 All-ACC Team members, an ACC Rookie of the year, two ITA Southeast Region Most Improved Seniors, an ITA Southeast Region Senior Player of the year, three national ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners and one All-American. In addition, she has earned two ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year Honors. Hyde has led the Seminoles to 10 NCAA postseason appearances and is the winningest women’s tennis coach in school history.
“Our women’s tennis program is one of the best in the country in terms of combining outstanding academic and athletic achievement,” said Athletic Director Stan Wilcox. “Coach Hyde has done a very good job with our teams and the program is on very solid ground. She shares our goals of maintaining the outstanding academic profile of our student-athletes along with competing for ACC and NCAA Championships.”
The Seminoles reached new heights last season with 17 regular season wins, good for the second most under her tenure. Among the highlights were a win over No. 26 Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hyde has had consecutive national top 20 team finishes, and annual runs in the ACC Championships with six appearances in the semifinals or better in what is arguably the toughest tennis conference in the nation.
“It is an honor and a privilege to continue leading the women’s tennis program here at my alma mater, Florida State,” said Hyde. “I am fortunate to be a part of one of the most storied athletics programs in the nation, and surrounded by the most elite administrators, coaches and student-athletes in this business. I have never felt more proud to represent Florida State, and I know that same pride is shared with our student-athletes who are here now wearing the Garnet and Gold, for those who came before them, and those who are fortunate enough to call Florida State home in the future. The best is yet to come, and I am grateful for the opportunity to carry on the tradition of academic and athletic greatness that is Florida State tennis.”
Additionally, the women’s tennis team is among the campus leaders in academics, nine times winning the Golden Torch Award which is given to the team with the highest GPA on campus. Under coach Hyde there have also been numerous athletes to earn ACC Academic Honor Roll honors as well as multiple All-ACC Academic Team honors. During her 13 years at Florida State Hyde has also coached two student-athletes who went on to win the ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Hyde has served on the ITA Southeast Region Committee for the past eight years and most recently served as Regional Chair for three years. Hyde was also selected to coach the USTA U18 Florida Section team, representing at the U18 National Team Championships.
“As proud as I am about what we have been able to accomplish on the court and in the classroom, I am equally as proud of what we have done in the community,” said Hyde. “We have been able to strengthen the ties between FSU women’s tennis and FSU athletics with the student veteran’s community.”
In addition to building the tennis program, Hyde has spearheaded a unique partnership with FSU Women’s Tennis and the FSU Student Veteran and military community with quarterly clinics and hit arounds with the tennis team and the Student Veterans on campus. This relationship is unique from any across the nation, and this outreach culminates with a competition every February against one of our nations Service Academies. This collaboration is unique to FSU Tennis and college athletics across the nation.
The Scott Speicher Tennis Facility, whose namesake was the first casualty of war in the first Gulf War, and a Florida State alumnus, is currently undergoing a facelift to keep the memory of Scott Speicher thriving. The unveiling of the new Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center is set for February 16, 2018.