Temple’s 2008 Coach of the Year to lead Bryn Mawr Tennis

Posted July 14th, 2008 at 12:38 pm.

From the Bryn Mawr College Athletics Department — Jill Breslin, formerly of Temple University, has been named Bryn Mawr’s new tennis coach, Athletic Director Kathy Tierney has announced.

“Jill has an extensive and varied background in tennis. She is an outstanding teacher and motivator and I am confident that our scholar-athletes will benefit greatly from her leadership,” Tierney stated following the announcement.

While at Temple, Breslin was named the 2008 Coach of the Year while leading her Owls to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, the team’s fourth title and first since 2003. She led Temple to the NCAA Division I Tournament, the second in school history.

Prior to her tenure at Temple, Breslin was an assistant coach for Bryn Mawr during the 2006-07 spring season. In just six short months with Bryn Mawr, Breslin helped to produce four Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll selections and an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 25 Regional Ranking.

Getting her first taste as a college coach, Breslin was as an assistant at Georgia State during the 2001-02 school year. While with GSU, she was in charge of the team’s recruiting efforts and travel itineraries. Following her stint at Georgia State, Breslin was named the junior coach of Sportsfirst. She was in charge of coaching top-ranked juniors, developed and ran the conditioning program.

After leading Sportsfirst for nine month, Breslin moved took over the helm of Louisiana-Monroe’s Division I program during the summer of 2004. With the Warhawks, Breslin led her team to a 11-10 record and a fifth place finish in the Southland Conference. The following season, her team went 11-8 and earned a trip to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Off the court, Breslin’s squad was active in the community. The Hawks worked to raise awareness and money for the Louisiana Monroe Athletic Department, specifically the women’s tennis program.

” I am deeply honored and grateful to return to Bryn Mawr College as the new Head Womens Tennis coach. Bryn Mawr College is a prestigious institution and I am eager to join its faculty and begin working with the team. Finally, I would like to formally thank Kathy Tierney and the entire Bryn Mawr community for granting me this wonderful opportunity,” stated Breslin.

Breslin is a 1999 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in History. While with the Tide, she played No. 1 singles and doubles and earned a ranking of 57th nationally in singles competition. A three time all-SEC Scholar Athlete, she was twice named to Alabama’s Dean’s List and was awarded the Bear Bryant Scholar Athlete award in 1999. Breslin was named the Crimson Tide Most Valuable Player twice.

An Absecon, N.J. native, Breslin was the 1995 New Jersey State high school singles champion. Throughout her four-year career at Holy Spirit High School, she was consistently ranked number one in New Jersey and either number one or two in the Middle States Tennis Association.

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