Nebraska women's tennis coaches Scott Jacobson and Hayden Perez and the Huskers' top player Mary Weatherholt were recently honored with Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional awards.
Coach Scott Jacobson claimed the first Wilson/ITA Central Region Coach of the Year award of his career. Jacobson, who has guided the NU program for 21 years, led the Huskers to the most successful season in school history in 2012. Jacobson captured his first Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year award after leading the Huskers to a 24-5 overall record that included a 9-2 Big Ten mark. He was previously the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2010.
Perez, who has served as an assistant under Jacobson for six years, added ITA Central Region Assistant Coach-of-the-Year accolades for the third time in his career. Perez also won the award in 2007 and 2010. Perez has helped coach the Huskers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Weatherholt earned the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award. Weatherholt has been the top player for the Huskers in 2012, rolling to a 30-10 singles record and 26-6 doubles record. She has been ranked as high as No. 40 in the ITA rankings, and is No. 47 going into the NCAA Championships.
Weatherholt holds the school record for season combined wins with 56 in 2012, while ranking No. 2 on the NU career charts with 93 singles wins. In her first season in the Big Ten, Weatherholt was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in women's tennis, while earning unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors. Weatherholt joined NU men's tennis player Christopher Aumueller in a Husker sweep of the ITA regional awards.
Former Husker women's tennis player Lisa Hart, who currently coaches at Washington State, received the Northwest Region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year award. Hart played under Coach Jacobson from 1995 to 1998. She was an assistant coach for the Huskers from 2000 to 2001, helping the Huskers compile a 36-13 record in two seasons.
The Huskers will be in attendance at the National Awards banquet on May 22 the day before Weatherholt competes in the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.