A nine-time (1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) NEWMAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year and the 2018 ITA Division III National Coach of the Year, Carol Matsuzaki enters her 21st season as the head coach of the MIT women’s tennis program in 2018-19. The winningest coach in MIT women’s tennis history, she has a career dual match record of 261-118 and was named as the ITA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2018.
In the 2017-18 campaign, Matsuzaki guided the team to the most successful season in program history with a 20-3 final record and the team’s second-ever berth in the NCAA Elite Eight. The team captured its ninth NEWMAC Tournament title after a perfect NEWMAC regular season and finished the year ranked No. 9 in the country in the final rankings. Elysa Kohrs and Libby Rickeman both advanced into the NCAA Singles Championship, along with the duo earned a spot in the NCAA Doubles Championship. This was the third NCAA appearance for Kohrs, while it was the first for Rickeman. Matsuzaki also coached Dora Tzeng to an appearance in the NCAA Championships in 2016, while Lauren Quisenberry advanced in both 2011 and 2013.
Matsuzaki led the Engineers to the program’s first Elite Eight in the 2014-15 season as the team won the NEWMAC regular-season crown before winning three straight NCAA matches to move into the National Quarterfinals.
Matsuzaki graduated from MIT in 1995 with a degree in biology. She captained the varsity women’s tennis team her senior year and was the NEW 8 Conference Athlete of the Year in 1995. She was ranked as high as #46 in the country in singles and #21 in the country in doubles, as well as playing on a team ranked #11 in the country. In addition to varsity tennis, she played on the varsity men’s squash team and was a two-time qualifier for the national individual women’s tournament.
Matsuzaki received her graduate degree in sports psychology from Boston University in 1997. In 2004, she authored the book “Tennis Fundamentals”. Part of Human Kinetics’ Sports Fundamentals series, “Tennis Fundamentals” teaches the basic skills and tactics to help readers participate in the sport quickly.