Jill Hultquist Named Head Women's Tennis Coach
Aug. 8, 2005
SEATTLE - Washington Athletic Director Todd Turner announced today the hiring of Jill Hultquist as the head coach of the Husky women's tennis program. Hultquist, a former standout on the pro tour and in the collegiate ranks, returns to Washington after serving as an assistant coach with the Huskies from 1997-2002.
This is the first collegiate head coaching position for Hultquist, who becomes the fourth head coach in program history. She replaces her longtime friend and former doubles partner, Patty McCain who accepted the head coaching position at Texas in July.
'Jill was an accomplished player, is an exceptional teacher and as a previous member of our staff demonstrated leadership and coaching skills that are a perfect match for the University of Washington,' Turner said. 'We're very pleased to have her leading our women's tennis program.'
Hultquist was an assistant under McCain at Washington for five years and played an integral role in guiding the program to new heights. During her first tenure at UW, Hultquist helped lead the Huskies to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances including a school record trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2001. In fact, it was Hultquist who served as the acting head coach for the team during its Elite Eight run, as McCain was unable to travel to Stone Mountain, Ga., due to the impending birth of her first child. That run included a Sweet 16 victory over fifth-ranked Tennessee.
Hultquist was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2001, an honor she shared with Georgia's Debbie Beck. She was also selected as the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2001.
'We are thrilled to welcome Jill and her family back into the coaching circle at the University of Washington,' Senior Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite said. 'Her previous experience at Washington as an assistant head coach under Patty McCain, clearly prepared Jill for this new challenge. She was an exceptional collegiate and professional tennis player and her competitiveness and spirit will serve her well as head coach of the Huskies. We are convinced that under Jill's leadership and guidance, our women's tennis program will continue to excel at the national level.'
'It's a great honor to come back to the University of Washington,' Hultquist said. 'When I left the program it was a very hard decision for me because I loved the job so much and to come back now as the head coach, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to build a great team. My initial goal is to bring them back into the Top-10. They slipped out a bit and I'd like to bring them back in.'
Before joining the coaching ranks at Washington, Hultquist played professionally on the WTA Tour from 1987-1997, winning more than 20 doubles titles. She ranked as high as sixth in the world in doubles and 64th in the world in singles. Hultquist teamed with McCain on the doubles circuit, and among their victories was a win over Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini in the semifinals of the 1988 U.S. Open. They also advanced to the finals of the 1989 Australian Open.
Hultquist reached the mixed doubles finals of the French Open in 1995 and competed in the Olympic Games for Canadan in 1984, 1988 and 1996. She and Patricia Hy-Boulais advanced to the quarterfinals in Atlanta before falling to eventual bronze medalists Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain.
Hultquist garnered a number of achievements during her years on the WTA, including the WTA Tour Sportsmanship Award, the Tennis Canada Sportsmanship Award and the 1988 Player of the Year Award in Canada. She was inducted into the Tennis Canada Hall of Fame.
Also a standout collegian, Hultquist earned four All-America certificates at the University of Florida, while studying psychology from 1983-1987. She was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in the spring of 1999. She ended up earning her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Washington in 2000.
Hultquist was already a star on the junior tennis circuit before joining the collegiate ranks. In fact, she and McCain were roommates as juniors and seniors in high school at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Hultquist and her husband Rich have two children, Jack (3 1/2) and Maggie (21 months). The family resides in Renton, Wash.