Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
ITA Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2013)
Jonathan Stokke enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Duke University. He was named to his position with the Duke men's tennis team on July 28, 2010.
In 2012-13, Stokke helped guide the Blue Devils to a 25-6 record to match the 1999, 2000 and 2012 squads for the second most wins in program history. The program also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in school history and earned a No. 7 listing in the final ITA rankings for the highest final team ranking since the completion of the 2006 season. The team completed its home schedule with an undefeated 15-0 mark, marking the first undefeated regular season for the squad since the 2000-01 campaign. Stokke became the second coach under head coach Ramsey Smith to be named the ITA Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year and the third in the program’s history.
During the 2011-12 campaign, Stokke helped guide the Blue Devils to a 25-6 record and directed the program to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in its history, while earning a No. 8 listing in the final ITA rankings for the highest final team ranking since 2006, which was Stokke’s senior season. The team also reached the ACC Tournament finals for the third consecutive season, the second under the guidance of Stokke.
In his first season with the Blue Devils, Stokke helped guide the team to a 22-10 overall record and 9-2 mark in ACC play. The 22 wins were the highest total for Duke since 2006. The season was highlighted by a trip to the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, a round of 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the ACC Tournament finals for the second straight season. Stokke led Duke to an impressive year in doubles with Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha posting a 38-7 overall record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Individual Championships to earn All-America honors.
Stokke joined the coaching staff of his alma mater after working as an assistant women's tennis coach at Wake Forest University for two years. With the Demon Deacons, Stokke helped guide the team to 24-27 overall record and NCAA Tournament selection in 2009. He helped two players earn spots on the 2010 All-ACC team, one of which received the ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch award.
In his first season at Wake Forest, Stokke helped lead the Demon Deacons to an improvement of five wins from the previous year. The team was 13-13 overall and 3-8 in the ACC after posting an 8-14 record the year before. The team reached the NCAA Tournament, losing to South Carolina in the first round and climbed to No. 21 in the ITA team rankings. Sasha Kulikova was ranked as high as No. 45 in singles and was an All-ACC selection.
In the 2009-10 season, the Demon Deacons improved their ACC record to 4-7 with the help of Stokke and finished 11-14 overall. Wake Forest had one singles player and one doubles team selected for the NCAA Individual Championships while Martina Pavelec received the ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch award. Pavelec and Sasha Kulikova were each named to the All-ACC team.
Prior to working at Wake Forest, Stokke worked for Ramsey Smith's father, Stan Smith, as a tennis coach at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. Stokke spent two years providing instruction to highly ranked junior players under the guidance of Stan Smith and Billy Stearns.
Stokke graduated from Duke in May, 2006, with a degree in sociology and a certificate in markets and management. In 2006, he earned All-America honors in doubles with teammate Joey Atas. He was a two-time All-ACC selection in 2003 and 2004 and was named the ACC Tournament MVP in 2006. He also is the only player in school history to win the ITA National Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership award, claiming the honor in 2006. He also earned the USTA Sportsmanship Award that season, joining Ramsey Smith as the only other player in school history to do so. Stokke also picked up numerous academic honors, including a selection to the first ever Academic All-ACC team and three seasons on the ACC Honor Roll.
In his career at Duke, Stokke played in four straight NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 three times. In 2006 he was a team captain on Duke's ACC Championship team. For his career Stokke had a 93-59 overall singles record and a 113-47 doubles mark. His 93 singles wins rank as the 11th most in Duke history while his 113 doubles wins are second only to Doug Root all-time. He was 25-10 in singles and 28-9 in doubles in ACC matches. His 28 doubles wins are a school record while his 25 victories in singles rank tied for sixth most. He was ranked in the top 20 in the ITA in singles and top 10 in doubles during his playing career with the Blue Devils.
During his junior tennis career, Stokke won three National hard court doubles championships at Kalamazoo and three National clay court doubles championships. He also played in the U.S. Open main draw in 2001 and 2002 and was a member of the 2000 USTA Youth World Cup team. He was awarded the USTA Sportsmanship award at Kalamazoo two times. A graduate of East Chapel Hill High School, Stokke was the recipient of two sportsmanship awards at the Super National Championships and was ranked as high as No. 10 on the 2002 USTA Juniors list.
Born April 11, 1984, Stokke currently resides in Durham.