WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW women's tennis coach Jenny Garrity has resigned as head coach of the program.
Garrity, the Colonial Athletic Association's Coach-of-the-Year in both 2011 and 2012, completed her 16th season as a collegiate tennis coach and 13th year at UNCW in 2011-12.
Garrity and her children will accompany her husband, Jimmy, who accepted the position of assistant coach with the Clemson women's basketball program in Clemson, S.C.
"I'm not sure I can find the words to express how much my family and I have enjoyed our time in Wilmington and how much the relationships we have made mean to us," said Garrity. "Each and every year, I strived to give my players a tremendous collegiate experience - on and off the court. However, the experience they have given me is something I will take with me forever. My players have all inspired me, kept me in awe, made me laugh every day and gave their blood, sweat and tears each season and for that, I will be forever grateful. I will miss them dearly and will look forward to following their careers as their biggest fan."
Garrity, 41, joined the UNCW program in 2000 and led the Seahawks to 10 consecutive winning seasons, including their highest ITA national ranking last spring.
Playing a schedule that featured seven nationally-ranked opponents in 2011-12, the Seahawks turned in one of the most successful campaigns in the program's history. The Seahawks climbed to as high as No. 63 in the ITA rankings, earned the No. 2 seed at the CAA Tournament and racked up several individual honors on the year.
Garrity has compiled a successful track record at three different NCAA Division I institutions. She headed up the programs at N.C. State and Kansas before coming to Wilmington in May of 2000, collecting Coach-of-the-Year honors at both institutions before moving to the Carolina coast.
Garrity served as an assistant coach for three years at N.C. State before moving up the top chair. In her final year in Raleigh, Garrity led the Wolfpack to a 16-8 record and the school's first-ever trip to the NCAA Southeast Regional. That team set the school record for most wins in a season, recorded the highest ACC finish in school history and enjoyed the longest winning streak in the program's history.
Garrity continued her move up the coaching ladder in Lawrence, where she directed KU's nationally-ranked program two years. She piloted the Jayhawks to a 13-13 mark in her first season, including an 8-3 conference record and third place in the Big 12 Conference, reaching the NCAA Regional Finals.
As a player, Garrity enjoyed an outstanding career at N.C. State from 1989-92. She was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and finished with the most victories in Wolfpack women's tennis history. In 2003, she was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team as one of the best players in the history of the conference.
"Rob Brickels and Pat Howey have been tremendous sport administrators for women's tennis and I cannot thank them enough for their support and encouragement as we were trying to get this program off the ground in the beginning and throughout our growth and successes over the past 12 seasons. From the bottom of my heart, I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to the Wilmington tennis community for their support of our program each year and most importantly, for the special friendships I have been blessed with along the way.
"I wish UNCW Athletics all the best in the future and we look forward to following all the Seahawk teams and their upcoming seasons."