Coupe Named Assistant Husky Women's Tennis Coach

Sept. 28, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington women's tennis Head Coach Jill Hultquist announced today the hiring of Damon Coupe as Assistant Coach. Coupe brings a wealth of college coaching experience, both men and women, up and down the west coast. He replaces Fernando Sanchez, who spent one season at Washington.

'I am very fortunate to have found him and his knowledge and experience will definitely help our program move forward,' Hultquist said about Coupe. 'I am very excited that he has chosen to become a Husky!'

Coupe comes to the Huskies after serving as the assistant women's coach at California last season. In his one season in Berkeley, prior to longtime head coach Jan Brogan's retirement, Coupe helped lead the Golden Bears to the NCAA Semifinals and worked with a trio of All-Americans: Susie Babos, Zsuzsanna Fodor, and Nina Henkel.

Prior to Cal, Coupe served as the women's head coach at Santa Clara (2004-06). He has also worked as the men's assistant head coach at Fresno State (2002-04) and the interim head coach at his alma mater, Sacramento State (2002). Coupe played at Sacramento State from 1993-1995.

He led Santa Clara to a record-setting 2004-05 season. Santa Clara finished the campaign with its best record in the history of the program at 16-7, and the squad also was nationally ranked for the first time.

While at Fresno State, the Bulldogs advanced to the 2004 NCAA Tournament, after reaching their highest national ranking of 30. The season before, Fresno State advanced to the round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament. Under Coupe's guidance, the No. 1 doubles team was ranked as high as No. 20 in the country and qualified to play in the NCAA Doubles Championships.

Serving as the men's interim head coach at Sacramento State, Coupe led the Hornets to the 2002 Big Sky Championship and a birth into the 2002 NCAA Tournament. He took over as head coach when the Hornets were 5-10, and the Hornets ended the season 12-11.

Coupe and his wife Michelle are currently expecting their first child in a matter of weeks.

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