Former Nebraska All-American Joins Women's Tennis Coaching Staff
July 24, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis women's tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker announced Wednesday that former Nebraska All-American Mary Weatherholt would join the program as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.
Weatherholt wrapped up an impressive career for the Huskers in the spring by advancing to the finals in the NCAA Singles Championship and becoming NU's first singles All-American. Weatherholt also inked All-American status in doubles play, teaming with Patricia Veresova to reach the NCAA quarterfinals. The duo became the school's second set of doubles All-Americans in program history.
A two-time Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year, Weatherholt was also named to the All-Big 12 Singles Team in 2009 and 2010 before Nebraska moved to the Big Ten Conference. She was selected as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2009, and took the conference's No. 3 doubles title in 2010.
A native of Prairie Village, Kan., Weatherholt racked up several conference, regional and national awards in her final two seasons at Nebraska. In 2012, Weatherholt received the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award as well as the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. In her senior campaign, she won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second-straight season and also received the Big Ten Medal of Honor Award and the ITA Central Region and National Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award.
"To have someone like Mary join our staff is just a unique privilege and blessing I am very thankful for," Walker said. "Her tennis accomplishments are off the charts individually and as a leader of a team. More importantly, receiving the national sportsmanship award reveals the type of character and beliefs she has."
Weatherholt wrapped up her career as the No. 1 career singles wins leader along with the best career singles winning percentage at Nebraska, finishing with a 123-23 (.842) record. She became the first Nebraska player to reach 200 combined wins, breaking the milestone in NU's first round tournament win over Wichita State in May. In doubles, Weatherholt finished third in the program's record books with 85 career victories.
Weatherholt is currently one of six players on the USTA Women's Collegiate Team, which is being coached this summer by Walker, USTA National Coach Dustin Taylor and USC assistant coach West Nott.
"I have been able to coach Mary this summer on the national collegiate team, and even there she was named honorary team captain for her overall attitude and abilities," Walker said. "Mary will be a great influence on our team on and off the court and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcoming her into our Tiger Tennis family."