Mason Astley returns to the MIT women's tennis staff for his ninth season overall in 2020-21 and his second as associate head coach after spending the 2018-19 campaign at nearby Harvard University.
Astley first came to the Engineers from Emerson College, where he was the men's and women's head tennis coach for three years. He compiled a 46-28 overall record at Emerson, including an 11-3 campaign with the women's team in 2010-11. He was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for 2009.
Astley started teaching tennis at a summer tennis camp while in high school, and then matriculated at Swarthmore College, contributing to both the tennis and soccer teams. He earned a degree in English Literature and started working with the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center in Philadelphia after graduation. That rekindled his love of teaching tennis and he began teaching and training at a club near his hometown of Worcester, Mass. He then traveled to Osaka, Japan where he taught English at a private language school. Upon returning, Mason briefly coached at Worcester Polytechnic Institute before settling in at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown for three years.
Deciding that he had a lot to learn about the mental side of tennis, Mason then enrolled in the Boston University Graduate School of Education, where he earned a Master's Degree in counseling psychology (sport psychology concentration). Since then he has been consulting with athletes from many sports, but mostly tennis, including top-ten U.S. juniors and WTA touring professionals.