Weatherholt Added to Coaching Staff
Aug. 6, 2014
Weatherholt, the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship runner-up, spent the previous season as the volunteer assistant at Memphis under the direction of Walker, while also playing professional tennis all over the country.
"This program is so fortunate to have someone like Mary around," Walker said. "She is an outstanding tennis player, but that is no comparison to the quality of person she is. Our team will not only enjoy the benefits of training with one of the best players in the world on a consistent basis, but they will receive solid guidance from a mature young woman as they navigate life and everything that comes their way.
"Having (assistant coach) Ben (Stapp) and Mary on board to help lay the foundation of a championship culture gives me great confidence that we will be successful here at TCU."
Weatherholt was a member of the U.S. Collegiate National Team last summer and competed in four professional events before tearing her ACL and meniscus in October 2013. Weatherholt remained at Memphis for surgery and rehab, while helping coach the women's team.
Weatherholt returned to professional competition this past June and was very successful in her first four tournaments, advancing to two quarterfinals and one final in singles, while earning 10 WTA singles points. She recently paired up with current UCLA junior Catherine Harrison to win the doubles title at the 2014 Boneshaker Women's $10K USTA Pro Circuit event in July, while she was also a finalist in two tournaments in doubles and earned 26 WTA doubles points.
Weatherholt had an impressive career for Nebraska and advanced to the finals in the NCAA Singles Championship and became NU's first singles All-American. Weatherholt also inked All-American status in doubles play, teaming with Patricia Veresova to reach the NCAA quarterfinals. The duo became the school's second set of doubles All-Americans in program history.
A two-time Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year, Weatherholt was also named to the All-Big 12 Singles Team in 2009 and 2010 before Nebraska moved to the Big Ten Conference. She was selected as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2009, and took the conference's No. 3 doubles title in 2010.
A native of Prairie Village, Kan., Weatherholt racked up several conference, regional and national awards in her final two seasons at Nebraska. In 2012, Weatherholt received the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award as well as the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. In her senior campaign, she won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second-straight season and also received the Big Ten Medal of Honor Award and the ITA Central Region and National Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award.
Weatherholt wrapped up her career as the No. 1 career singles wins leader along with the best career singles winning percentage at Nebraska, finishing with a 123-23 (.842) record. She became the first Nebraska player to reach 200 combined wins, breaking the milestone in NU's first round tournament win over Wichita State.
In doubles, Weatherholt finished third in the program's record books with 85 career victories.
Weatherholt earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska in May of 2012.