DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head women’s tennis coach Jamie Ashworth announced on Wednesday the addition of Matt Manasse to the Blue Devil coaching staff. Manasse will serve as an assistant coach for the reigning ACC regular season co-champions.
Manasse joins the Duke program following two seasons at Oklahoma State University. While with the Cowgirls, he helped the program to its most successful campaign as the 2016 squad advanced to the NCAA Team Championship final match.
“First I’d like to thank Jamie for this opportunity,” Manasse said. “Everything about Duke drove me here. Duke is a premier school athletically and academically. In talking to Jamie, I felt like our philosophies matched and aligned. I’m really excited to continue the success the program has had moving forward.”
“Having Matt will be a great addition to our program, both on and off the court,” Ashworth said. “I know the girls here are extremely excited to work with him. They can’t wait to get started on the court with him. Off the court, from recruiting to every other aspect of our program, he is going to play a major role in what we do and the success we have down the road. We’re very fortunate and lucky to have someone with his experience and qualifications to come in here and help us achieve our ultimate goal.”
In 2017, the Cowgirls advanced to the NCAA Team Championship quarterfinals before bowing out to eventual NCAA champion Florida. Manasse helped the Cowgirls to a 25-6 overall record and its third-straight 20-win season and second consecutive season of 25 wins or more. OSU collected its third-straight NCAA regional title with a 4-3 victory over No. 8 Georgia Tech to clinch the squad’s second NCAA quarterfinal appearance in as many years.
The Cowgirls went 8-1 in Big 12 play in 2017 for a share of their second-straight regular season conference championship. At the Big 12 Tournament, the Cowgirls ran off wins over Kansas and No. 15 Baylor to advance to their fourth conference championship match in the last five years.
Oklahoma State finished the 2017 campaign with six members appearing in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association final singles and doubles rankings. Viktoriya Lushkova earned the team-high ranking, standing at No. 10 after the Ukraine native went 25-11 overall with a 14-6 dual record and 12 wins over ranked opponents.
In 2016, the OSU turned in a 29-5 overall record, along with a perfect 9-0 mark in conference play to bring home the regular season Big 12 title. The squad stormed through the Big 12 Championship, winning each of its three matches 4-0 to take home the tournament title.
After advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in as many years, Manasse helped guide Oklahoma State to wins against No. 5 Georgia, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 1 California on its way to the NCAA Finals, where the Cowgirls met Stanford and fell just short in the 4-3 championship tilt.
At the 2016 NCAA Singles Championship, Manasse helped Katarina Adamovic to a quarterfinal appearance and her first career All-American honor. In all, a combined seven Cowgirls finished the season in the ITA singles and doubles rankings, while the team earned its highest finish in school history at No. 8.
Manasse joined the Oklahoma State staff after two years as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he led Lauren Chypyha to back-to back All-Big Ten selections. She was UW’s first All-Big Ten selection since 2009.
Prior to his time with the Badgers, Manasse held a position with Babolat USA, where he was in charge of the Competition Team and helped recruit big talent for the junior and senior level Babolat National teams.
He also gained coaching experience at the University of Colorado as a camp instructor in 2012 and 2013. Manasse was also a volunteer assistant of the Boulder High School girls’ team.
As a player, Manasse began his collegiate career at USC, but transferred to Purdue, where he was a three-time letter winner. He was voted by his teammates as the team captain for his senior campaign during the 2010-11 season.