Story Courtesy of Denison Sports Information Department
After three seasons as assistant men's and women's tennis coach, Jamie Scott has been promoted to head women's tennis coach at Denison University. Longtime head coach and all-time wins leader, Peter Burling will continue in his role as the head men's tennis coach, a position he has held for 27 seasons.
"One of our major initiatives within the athletics department at Denison is our Assistant Coach Mentoring Program," said Associate V.P. and Director of Athletics, Nan Carney-DeBord. "Our goal is to develop our young assistant coaches and prepare them to lead their own programs. We believe Jamie is ready to take the next step in her professional career and we are excited that she will continue to do it at Denison as the head coach of our women's tennis program. Peter and Jamie have demonstrated exceptional collaboration across both programs over the last three years and we believe this situation will work favorably for all of our talented student-athletes in the men's and women's tennis programs."
Scott came to Denison after one season as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Colgate University. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wyoming where she was a four-year member of the women's tennis team. She posted 73 career wins in singles and doubles competition while helping the Cowgirls to the Mountain West Conference Tournament Quarterfinals in all four seasons. At Denison, Scott has helped the women's program to record of 39-28 highlighted by a North Coast Athletic Conference championship in 2016 and a runner-up finish in 2015. Last season, sophomore Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter) was named the NCAC Player of the Year. The men's team has posted a record of 34-28 since 2015. In 2016, they placed second in the NCAC. That same season, Kevin Brown (Perrysburg, OH/St. John's Jesuit) was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year.
"I am honored and thrilled to be named the head women's tennis coach at Denison University," remarked Scott. "Having the opportunity to build on the foundation that Peter Burling has built is immensely exciting and I am grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to continuing the tradition of competitive excellence within the women's tennis program, both on and off the court."
In 20 seasons as the head women's tennis coach at Denison, Burling has totaled a career record of 313-135. He is an 11-time NCAC Women's Coach of the Year and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year in 2004 and the U.S. Professional Tennis Association National Coach of the Year in 2005. In 2008, Denison advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, eventually placing third, nationally. That season also saw the doubles team of Kristin Cobb and Marta Drane advance to the NCAA Doubles national championship match. In 20 seasons, 10 individuals logged 27 ITA All-American certificates. Denison women's tennis has also dominated the NCAC over that span, winning 11 conference titles and finishing in the top-10 nationally, eight times under his direction.
"After completing 17 of my 27 years at Denison as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams, Denison has given me the wonderful opportunity moving forward to focus all of my attention on one team," said Burling. "A big part of me will miss coaching the women, but I know that the successes and relationships formed through the years are forever in stone. I am thrilled for the opportunity that has been provided for Coach Scott. She has been a tremendous assistant coach and is deserved of this promotion. The women's program is in good hands."
While Burling steps away from the women's team, he will enter his 28th season as head men's tennis coach at Denison. He boasts a career record of 392-179 (.687) and has led DU to seven North Coast Athletic Conference Championships and eight trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament. He is a seven-time NCAC Men's Coach of the Year and across both programs, Burling has compiled a career record of 705-314 (.692).