Jefferson Hammond
Jefferson Hammond

Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.

Position:
Head Coach | 4th Season

Alma Mater:
Vermont | 1993


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In 2009, Hammond drove TCU to an overall record of 17-11 and a final team ranking of No. 29. The Horned Frogs returned to NCAA postseason play for the sixth-straight season, reaching the second round of the Fayetteville Regional. They defeated No. 36 Tulsa in the opening round, 4-1, before losing to No. 14 Arkansas, 4-3. Hammond earned his second-consecutive Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year award, leading the Horned Frogs to a 10-1 record against league opponents and claiming the program's second conference tournament title in four seasons.

The 2009 season was a year of achievements for Hammond and his squad. As a junior, Nina Munch-Soegaard earned ITA singles All-American honors after gaining a top-16 seeding in the NCAA Singles Championships. Munch-Soegaard also claimed the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional singles crown and advanced to the semifinals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. She reached a ranking as high as No. 6, finishing her spectacular junior season at No. 22.

Senior Anna Sydorska earned sole possession of the TCU career doubles record, ending her career with an overall record of 106-43, while also ranking fifth in combined wins, going 179-87 in singles and doubles for TCU. Alongside partner Macall Harkins, the duo made the finals of the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional doubles bracket and advanced into the semifinals at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. The duo also defeated Florida in the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Championships, falling to Clemson in a tight match in the round of 16. The tandem landed as high as No. 13 in the ITA polls, ending their senior campaign at No. 31.

Macall Harkins, Kayla Duncan and Katariina Tuohimaa each earned All-MWC singles considerations, while Duncan and Tuohimaa also garnered Doubles honors. On April 10, 2009, Hammond achieved his first career benchmark total for wins, claiming his 50th career victory after a 7-0 sweep over Colorado State.

Hammond enters his second season as the commitee chairperson for the ITA Texas Region. In his first year of responsibilities, TCU hosted the 2008 Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships in Fort Worth.
Hammond is very proud of his team off of the court as well, where the team has made the ITA All-Academic squad two out of the last three years with a 3.3 GPA. The program has also had a perfect APR percentage of 1000 in his three years.

TCU went 8-0 in MWC play in 2008 to defend their regular-season title. The Frogs' 20-6 overall record earned a fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a final ranking of 26th in the nation.

For the second-straight season, five TCU players earned all-conference honors, including the junior duo of Harkins and Sydorska, who took home singles and doubles honors. The doubles team also advanced to the semifinals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, bowing out to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish would also get the best of them in the round of 16 of the NCAA Doubles Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. TCU advanced to the round of 16 after dismantling Georgia Tech.

Sophomore Munch-Soegaard was selected as the 2008 Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Tennis Player of the Year and Hammond earned the MWC Coach of the Year award.

In his first season as head coach in 2007, the Frogs went 7-1 in MWC play to capture the regular-season title. TCU led the league with five all-conference selections, and Munch-Soegaard was named the MWC Freshman of the Year.

Ana Cetnik and Sydorska advanced to the semifinals in doubles play at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors. Cetnik earned a new TCU record with 35 single-season doubles wins, while Sydorska tied for second all-time with 34.

Hammond, the 2006 Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year, helped lead the Frogs to many firsts and notable accomplishments. The Frogs won a round against Vanderbilt at the National Indoor Championships and leaped four spots in the polls to grab the No. 12 ranking - the highest in program history.

The 2006 campaign also marked TCU's inaugural season as a member of the Mountain West Conference and the Frogs quickly established dominance as the rookie member of the league. TCU went 8-0 versus MWC foes to win the regular-season title and grab the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. With the No. 1 spot, the Frogs rolled through the tournament to capture the crown.

Following league play, the Frogs made history as they became the first TCU women's program to host the opening rounds of the NCAAs. The team also made the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history, defeating No. 17 Texas, 4-0, in the round of 32. TCU eventually lost to No. 1 Stanford, 4-0, who claimed their third-straight title.

In his first season at TCU in 2005, the Horned Frogs ended the year with a 21-5 record and their final ranking of 19th marked the first top 20 finish since 1981. At one point during the spring, TCU was rated as high as No. 14.

Hammond has prided himself on building a championship attitude amongst his teams. Under his guidance at TCU, his players have tallied 22 total championships in tournament play throughout his five years.

Hammond came to Fort Worth, Texas, after being involved in the collegiate coaching ranks in the state of California. During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Hammond served as the volunteer assistant coach for the nationally ranked Southern California men's team. He helped guide the 2004 USC squad to a co-Pac-10 team championship and to the NCAA semifinals. The Trojans finished No. 4 in the rankings.

The Indianapolis native broke into the college scene in 2002 as an administrative assistant for the UC Irvine men's tennis team.

Hammond started his coaching career at University High in Irvine, Calif., in 2000 after serving as an assistant tennis pro at The Pointe Hilton on South Mountain in Phoenix. During his two-year stint with the boys' varsity tennis squad at University High, Hammond led his team to two California Interscholastic Federation team championships. Following the 2000 title, he was named the Orange County Register Coach of the Year.

Hammond has not only excelled as a coach but as a player. As recently as 2001, he was ranked No. 1 in the Southern California Tennis Association in the men's 30-and-under singles.

Hammond earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Vermont in 1993, where he was four-year starter on the tennis team with a .694 winning percentage in singles. As a senior, he was co-captain, and in 1992, he helped lead the Catamounts to the North Atlantic Conference championship. Following graduation, he spent time playing on the United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit.

Hammond and his wife, Amy, who was the Pac-10 platform diving champion in 1994 at Arizona State, have two boys, Eric, 7, and Kevin, 4, and reside in Keller.



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