Posted August 17, 2007

Jill Breslin named Temple’s head women’s tennis coach

Jill Breslin, a former No. 1 tennis player at Alabama, has been named Temple’s 10th head women’s tennis coach, Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw announced Aug. 14. Breslin, formerly the head women’s coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, spent the spring semester as an assistant at Bryn Mawr College.

“I am deeply honored to be selected for such a prestigious position at Temple University,” said Breslin. “I want to formally thank Bill Bradshaw and [Associate Athletic Director] Joe Giunta for giving me the opportunity to build on the success that Coach [Traci] Green left behind. I am excited to carry on the program’s traditions and continue to strive for excellence both on the court and in the classroom.”

“We are excited to welcome Jill to the Temple family,” said Bradshaw. “She brings a wealth of successful experience, as both a player and a coach, and that, together with her local ties, will help us to compete regularly for the A-10 championship.”

Arriving at Louisiana-Monroe in 2004, Breslin took over a program that finished 3-15 the previous season. In her first year, she led the squad to a winning record of 11-10 and a fifth place finish in the Southland Conference. In 2006, the squad posted an 11-8 record and earned a trip to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. She was also instrumental in the development of Diana Espinal, who was ranked 101st in the U.S. and represented the Dominican Republic in the 2006 Federation Cup. In addition to on-court success, Breslin and her Warhawks were also very active in the community. The team worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for the Louisiana Monroe Athletic Department, specifically the women’s tennis program, through charity and public relations events, such as Fan Appreciation Day and Senior Day.

Breslin began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Georgia State in 2002. She also has been a teaching pro, most recently at Sportsfirst and the Windward Lake Club, where she was director of junior development. She also has been an associate tennis pro at competitive training camps in New Jersey and currently is the tennis instructor at Lake Bryn Mawr Summer Tennis Camp.

At Alabama, Breslin played No. 1 in both singles and doubles, ranking as high as 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, a two-time Crimson Tide Most Valuable Player, graduated in 1999 with a degree in history and American studies.

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 No. 1 in New Jersey and either No. 1 or 2 in the Middle States Tennis Association.

In just six short months at Bryn Mawr, Breslin helped to produce four Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll selections and an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 25 Regional Ranking.

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