“I am humbled and thrilled to earn the title of associate head coach,” Manasse said. “I want to thank Jamie along with Leslie Barnes and Jacki Silar for recognizing my passion for the program and its success. The opportunity to work at Duke alongside Jamie and our student-athletes is special and this further encourages me to help the program reach its ultimate goals year after year.”
Manasse joined the Blue Devils in July of 2017 and has worked alongside Ashworth to produce one of the top women’s tennis programs in the country.
Most recently in 2018, the Blue Devils finished with an overall record of 27-4 and earned the ACC regular season title for the 21st time in program history by going 13-1. Duke qualified for the NCAA Team Championship for the 30th time and reached the semifinals for the ninth time and first since 2012.
“Over the last year and a half, Matt has proven himself to be one of the best assistant coaches in the country,” Ashworth said. “He has played a major role in all aspects of our program and has worked tirelessly to make our team better on and off the court. This promotion to associate head coach is a direct reflection of the tremendous day in and day out dedication he has given Duke women’s tennis. We are excited about where we are as a staff but more importantly about where we are as a program and family.”
Prior to his arrival in Durham, Manasse spent two seasons at Oklahoma State University where he helped the program to its most successful campaign as the 2016 squad advanced to the NCAA Team Championship final match. As a player, Manasse began his collegiate career at USC, but transferred to Purdue, where he was a three-time letter winner and was voted by his teammates as the team captain for his senior campaign during the 2010-11 season.
The Blue Devils will kick off their spring schedule Saturday, Jan. 12 in The Bahamas against Oklahoma State, marking the program’s first international trip.
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