Male Coach of the Year: Jay Tee, Tennis

Tennis coach Jay Tee was named Male Coach of the Year when he led the team to a UAA title and continues to coach multiple players throughout the NCAA championships this week.

By Miranda Burt

Jay Tee, who just finished his sixth season at the helm of both Maroon tennis teams, is the Central Region ITA Men’s Coach of the Year. He has taken the men’s team to four straight NCAA DIII championships, where they reached semifinals three times. His players have won an incredible total of 23 All-American recognitions, and Tee has coached numerous all-UAA players as well. Under Tee, UChicago has also won UAA Coaching Staff of the Year in 2015 and 2018.

This year, Tee guided the Maroons to a 19–5 record, going 3–0 in conference and 6–0 at home. Three of those losses were against the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 ranked teams at the time. Tee took the men’s team to a new level in 2018, with the Maroons also beating No. 2 Emory University for their first UAA title in program history. In addition, Tee is still coaching several players in the NCAA singles and doubles individual championships this week. 

Along with Tee, Kris Powell was named ITA Assistant Coach of the Year. As this season finishes and Maroon fans look toward next year, Tee and Powell will no doubt again help UChicago rise to success.