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One of the winningest women’s tennis coaches in the nation, Jamie Ashworth has led the Blue Devils to new heights. Since becoming the head coach in 1997, he has led the program to 12 20-win seasons and 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his guidance in 2009, the Blue Devils reached the pinnacle of success as they captured the program’s first NCAA Championship. Over the past 15 years at the helm he has led Duke to a 337-81 (.806) overall and a 113-23 (.831) ACC mark, while advancing to the NCAA Semifinals six times, NCAA Championship match twice and notching ACC Tournament Championships on seven occasions.

The 2011 season was another outstanding one for Ashworth and the Blue Devils. Duke posted a 25-5 overall record and captured its 17th ACC regular season title with a 10-1 mark against league foes. Under Ashworth’s watch, Duke advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal and finished the year ranked third overall. Duke went 12-4 overall against top 25 opponents with two of those losses coming against eventual NCAA champion University of Florida.

Freshman Rachel Kahan flourished under the Duke leader, earning the ACC Rookie of the Year award and going unbeaten in dual matches on the year. Kahan posted a 31-1 overall record and closed out the year with a 30-match win streak. Duke placed four players on the All-ACC team with Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka earning the award for the fourth straight season. Zsilinszka, Nze and Nadine Fahoum represented the Blue Devils in the NCAA individual tournament. Zsilinszka and Fahoum lined up in singles, while Nze and Fahoum were among the 32 doubles teams that earned a berth.

Ashworth’s mentoring extended far beyond the tennis court as Zsilinszka was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the ACC. The Duke Female Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, she set the Duke record for ACC victories with 31 and was a four-time choice for the All-ACC Academic Team. She was joined on the 2011 All-ACC Academic women’s tennis team by Nze and Elizabeth Plotkin. In 2010, Ashworth reached another milestone in his career as he garnered his 300th career victory when the Blue Devils blanked ACC foe NC State 7-0 on Feb. 25, 2010. Duke had yet another successful season in 2010, posting a 22-8 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the ninth time under Ashworth and for the third time since 2006. Ashworth mentored Ellah Nze to her second consecutive All-America award, while Elizabeth Plotkin, Reka Zsilinszka and Nze were voted to the All-ACC squad. Zsilinszka and senior Amanda Granson became the 18th and 19th Blue Devils in history to reach the 100 career wins mark, the ninth and 10th players to do so during his tenure.

Off the court, Duke was equally successful with Granson, Nze, Plotkin and Zsilinszka each earning All-ACC Academic honors. Zsilinszka also was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team for the second straight year. Under Ashworth’s guidance in 2009, Duke posted 29-3 overall record and finished the year on an 18-match win streak after blanking California 4-0 in the national title match. Both numbers rank second all-time in Duke tennis history.

Just a week after capturing the team title, Ashworth helped mentor Blue Devil freshman Mallory Cecil to the NCAA Individual Singles Championship and a No. 1 national ranking. Under his watch, Cecil, Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka all captured All-America honors for singles, while Cecil was named the ITA Player of the Year. Duke was equally impressive in the classroom in 2008-09, landing an ACC-best five players on the All-ACC Academic team.

In addition to the NCAA title, the Blue Devils captured a share of the ACC regular season title and won the ACC Tournament Championship in thrilling fashion. Five Blue Devils earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament and seven players were ranked in the final ITA national poll.

In 2007-08, Ashworth helped put Duke back in the forefront of the nation’s best teams, leading the Blue Devils to a 20-5 overall record and a runner-up finish in the ACC. Ranked ninth in the final national poll, Duke reached the NCAA Tournament for the 19th straight year and the 20th time overall. The Blue Devils advanced to the round of 16 as a team and had three individuals capture All-America after earning spots in the individuals tournament round of 16.

The 2006-07 campaign saw Duke go 12-10 (5-6 ACC) and reach the NCAA Tournament for the 18th straight year and 19th time overall. The Blue Devils finished the season with a national ranking of No. 21, led by sophomore Melissa Mang, who received All-ACC recognition for the second straight year, and freshman Amanda Granson, who led the squad in singles wins (23), dual match victories (15) and ACC triumphs (eight).

In 2005-06, Ashworth rounded out a decade as the head coach of the women’s tennis program. His 10th year saw the Blue Devils go 20-8 overall and 9-1 in ACC play. Mang became the sixth Blue Devil freshman overall and third under Ashworth (Ansley Cargill, 2001; Kelly McCain, 2002) to receive ACC Rookie of the Year honors, as she also received All-ACC accolades along with Bercek and Jackie Carleton. Bercek and Carleton each received bids to the NCAA Singles Championships and Bercek garnered her third career All-America nod. The Blue Devils ended the campaign ranked ninth in the country.

After serving as a Duke assistant coach from 1994-95 through 1996-97, Ashworth took over the head coaching reigns on March 20, 1997, and paced Duke to a 12-1 overall record and a 4-0 conference mark to wrap up the season.

In his first full year as a head coach (1997-98), Ashworth led Duke to 27 wins, then a school record, the school’s 11th consecutive ACC regular season and tournament titles, Duke’s best final national ranking at No. 2, its third consecutive Final Four and the program’s first appearance in the NCAA title match.

The 1998-99 season was no letdown as he guided Duke to 27 wins, its 12th consecutive ACC regular season and tournament titles, its fourth straight NCAA semifinal appearance and a final No. 3 national ranking.

In 1999-2000, Ashworth guided a young Blue Devil team to a 23-6 record, a 13th consecutive ACC Tournament title and a Sweet 16 NCAA finish. The following campaign (2000-01) saw Ashworth lead the Blue Devils to 27 victories and an Elite Eight NCAA finish, along with Duke’s 14th consecutive ACC Championship and an undefeated 8-0 ACC regular season mark.

In 2001-02, Duke posted a 25-5 overall record and won the ACC regular season title with an 8-0 mark. In 2002-03, Ashworth led the Blue Devils back to the NCAA Final Four, tied an ACC record with 30 victories, won the ACC regular season and tournament titles, and claimed the National Team Indoor Championship. With one of his youngest teams in his coaching history, Ashworth led Duke to the Elite Eight and a 22-5 mark in 2003-04.

During Ashworth’s term as the assistant coach, the Blue Devils recorded a 59-13 overall record and a perfect 20-0 ACC mark. In his first year as an assistant in1994-95, Duke went 22-6, advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and finished the year ranked No. 7. In 1995-96, he helped pace Duke to a 25-4 mark (then a school record for wins in a season), a trip to the NCAA Final Four and a national ranking of No. 3. In 1996-97, Duke advanced to its second straight NCAA Final Four, finishing the year third in the nation, once again.

Ashworth has coached 25 different All-ACC selections and 21 different All-America honorees, two national champions and four collegiate grand slam champions during his stint with the Blue Devils. That list that includes four-time All-America and 1998 NCAA singles national champion, Vanessa Webb, who is Duke tennis’ only Honda Award winner and Olympian. Five of Duke’s ACC Rookie of the Year honorees has come under his tenure, as well as two ITA National Rookies of the Year. Ashworth was named both ACC Coach of the Year and Wilson/ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year on two occasions (2001, 2003)and the Carolina Region Coach of the Year in 2011.[1]


A 1994 speech communication graduate of the University of Maryland, Ashworth was a four-year letterwinner for the Terrapins and served as a captain of the team his junior and senior years. He currently serves on the ITA Board of Directors for the fifth year and just finished his seventh year on the Division I Women’s Tennis Operating Committee. [1]


A native of Amherst, N.H., Ashworth resides with his wife Caylan in Durham.[1]


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