The UTEP tennis program has made leaps and bounds under the direction of head coach Jamie Campbell, who came into a difficult situation upon her appointment in July 2003.
Campbell inherited a seven-win team and had to hit the ground running due to the timing of her hiring, but through hard work she has started to reap the fruits of her labor. She is the fastest coach at the school reach the 40, 50, 60 and 70 career victory barrier, with the effort over the past four years playing a large role in that.
The Miners racked up 48 wins from 2007-10, making it the winningest stretch in the program's history. Marina DeLuca finished her illustrious career as the winningest senior in school annals, eclipsing the efforts of the 2009 senior class.
UTEP, which claimed a school-record 16 victories in 2009, has now reached double digits in wins in consecutive campaigns for just the second time in program history. The school standard for that is a three-year stretch (10-1997, 11-1998 and 12-1999). Furthermore, Campbell now boasts three seasons of at least 10 wins, which rates as the second most by a UTEP coach. York Strother, who directed the Miners from 1992-93 to 2000-01, enjoyed four campaigns of at least 10 triumphs.
Campbell has guided her chages to the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championships on a trio of occassions, most recently during the record-setting 2009 campaign. UTEP mustered four such showings from 1991-2003, and did not win a tournament match in the four years prior to Campbell's tenure.
The 2009-10 campaign marked her seventh year at the helm of the program, and UTEP battled through some injuries and a demanding slate to reach 10 triumps. Newcomer Alexandra Glebova stormed onto the scene to post team highs in both overall (20) and dual-match wins (14).DeLuca wrappued up her time in the Sun City as one of only two players in program history to be among the top three all time for both career singles and doubles victories.
Among Campbell's goals for the program is to make it one of the top-10 teams in the region, and the Miners certainly looked like one during the record-setting 2009 season. UTEP burst out of the gates at 8-1, which was the best start 10 years and equaled the third-best ever at the school. The lone setback came in the second match of the year at No. 75 Kansas, 4-3.
UTEP responded to the adversity with a school-record seven straight victories, outscoring its foes by a combined team score of 43-6. Each of the wins came at home, which ultimately helped the Miners post their mark ever in the Sun City (9-1).
The year concluded with a setback to eventual league champion and No. 23 SMU, but it could damper the spirits surrounding the program. The Miners racked up a school-record-tying 16 wins and finished with a program-best .696 winning percentage.
The overall team success has resulted in individual accolades, with Campbell having mentored an all-conference performer for a school-record-tying four successive seasons. Her charges have also thrived in the classroom, evidenced by 23 academic all-conference honorees.
Things looked promising early on in the 2008 season with the Miners surging to a 7-2 start. Injuries, coupled with a demanding schedule of 10 straight matches away from home, slowed the Orange and Blue down. The Miners finished at 9-12 on the campaign after bowing out of the league tournament.
UTEP experienced what was at the time its top season under Campbell in 2007, registering 13 wins. The victory total equaled the second most in program history. The Miners put together a then school-record-tying six straight wins, and capped the year by claiming 12 of the final 16 matches.
Campbell successfully transitioned UTEP into Conference USA in 2006, despite having a very young squad. A daunting schedule comprised of regionally and nationally-ranked teams made things tough on the Miners, who still managed to burst out to a 4-2 mark. A troublesome patch ensured, but Campbell's charges made some noise with Teri Wilkerson becoming the initial player at the school since 2001 to grab all-conference accolades.
In 2005 UTEP was a perfect 4-0 at home but struggled to find its stride away from home. The squad was riddled with injuries but still managed to topple Nevada at the WAC Tournament. The year came to a close with a setback at the hands of nationally-ranked Fresno State.
Campbell came to El Paso after a five-year stint as head coach at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y. She compiled a 55-53 dual match record, including 28-19 over the last two seasons.
Campbell's 2002-03 Bearcats finished 16-8 and took second place at the America East Conference Championship. Binghamton set school records for victories and consecutive wins (13). Campbell was named the America East Conference Coach of the Year. Five of her players earned All-Conference recognition.
Campbell took over a Division II program at Binghamton and eased its transition into Division I. The Bearcats captured back-to-back New England Collegiate Conference titles in her first two years as head coach before making the move to Division I for the 2001-02 campaign.
Campbell was the 1998-99 NECC Coach of the Year. Binghamton had the NECC's Outstanding Doubles Team in 1998 and 1999, and the league's Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 1999.
Campbell previously was an assistant coach at Guilford College (one year) and James Madison University (two years).
A native of Lexington, Ky., Campbell graduated from Guilford College in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in sports medicine. She was the Quakers' team captain and top singles player for three years. Campbell was a four-time All-Conference player and was a top-40 Division III player as a junior and senior.
She earned a master's degree in kinesiology from James Madison in 1998.
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