Claire Carter Returns To UW As Assistant Women's Tennis Coach

Sept. 7, 2005

SEATTLE - Former Husky All-American Claire Carter was named assistant coach for women's tennis, Washington head coach Jill Hultquist announced Wednesday. Carter, who helped UW women's tennis reach new heights during her playing career, returns to her alma mater for her first collegiate coaching position.

Carter will be reunited with Hulquist, her former coach, who was UW's assistant during her freshman and sophomore seasons. A 2004 Washington graduate, Carter is arguably the most decorated product of the Husky tennis program earning more All-America honors (four) than any other player and owning school records for singles wins in a season (32) and career doubles victories (93).

Carter replaces Darija Klaic, who took on the assistant coaching duties under departed UW head coach Patty McCain at the University of Texas.

'I'm very excited to be back,' Carter said. 'I'm looking forward to working with Jill and being apart of the Husky family. I'm also looking forward to the challenge of being an assistant coach and bringing the team back into the Top-10.'

'I think Claire will be great to work with as an assistant coach,' Hultquist said. 'After working with her on the court, I know that she'll be a great asset to the program and that's why I went after her. When I told the girls about Claire's hiring they were very excited, not only because she's a nice person but because she was a great player as well.'

Carter was a three-time All-American in doubles (2002, 2003, 2004), while also earning singles honors in 2001. She was a four-time selection to the All-Pac-10 team, including a pair of second-team selections (2001, 2004). Carter was a three-time NCAA doubles competitor and twice advanced as far as the NCAA quarterfinals with Klaic in 2002 and with Dea Sumantri in 2004. As just a freshman, she also advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2001 NCAA Singles Championship.

Not only a standout individual, Carter played a large role in leading the UW team to a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2001 and 2004. In fact, the Huskies reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in three of her four seasons. Until Washington's run to the quarterfinals in 2001, Husky women's tennis had not won a postseason match.

Carter finished her career with a singles record of 91-51 (second all-time) and a doubles record of 93-59 (first all-time).

Since graduating, Carter coached at tennis camps, gave private lessons and taught at a tennis club. She married UW grad Dan Hardman in September 2004 and lived in Northern California for one year before moving back to Seattle.

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