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Marquette's women's tennis team is young - but they look to pave the way towards success by developing as a team.
With three conference championships and three trips to the NCAA Tournament under her belt, head coach Jody Bronson can appreciate the talent, effort and luck it requires to be successful at any level of tennis. Her Marquette teams have posted winning campaigns in 16 of 27 seasons, including the program's best winning percentage of 90.5 in 1988-89, as she enters her seventh season in the BIG EAST.
Named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1999, Bronson currently enjoys the longest tenure of any coach in Marquette's 16-sport Intercollegiate Athletic Department. She is also only one of two active coaches with over 300 career wins. In 27 seasons as head coach, Bronson has amassed a career record of 343-304.
Bronson's history at Marquette has been a model of success. In addition to three conference championships, the tennis team has been the runner-up in conference on six occasions, and only eight times has the team finished lower than fourth amongst its conference brethren.
In 1998-99, Bronson led Marquette to its first Conference USA title and third consecutive NCAA appearance. That season, Bronson's team notched 19 wins, tying her 1988-89 team for second-best in terms of total wins. For her efforts and continued success, she was named Conference USA Coach of the Year. The squad also finished the year ranked No. 25, marking the best year-end ranking ever for the program.
Conference USA was the fourth league in which Bronson's team dominated the season. In 1991-92, her team ran off a 16-4 record, taking the top spot in the inaugural season of the Great Midwest Conference. Named Great Midwest Coach of the Year, Bronson led her team to the second-best winning percentage in Marquette women's tennis history, at 80.0.
The .800-mark in 1991-92 is only bettered by the 1988-89 team that went 19-2 under Bronson, to claim the North Star Conference Championship. Named the North Star Conference Coach of the Year that season, Bronson had led Marquette to an impressive 66-36 record over her first four seasons, good for a 64.7 winning percentage. For her career, Bronson sports a 299-268 record, for a winning percentage of 52.7.
Prior to her appointment at Marquette, she served as a highly-touted tennis instructor at Le Club Tennis Club, from 1976-1989, Brynwood Country Club in 1975, North Shore Tennis Club in 1974, and Milwaukee Country Club in 1972. Bronson also participated in the Wisconsin Tennis Association's inner-city tennis program from 1970-71. She received her certification as a professional instructor from Vic Braden's Tennis Academy in 1979.
In her playing career, Bronson claimed the 35-doubles consolation bracket at the Women's National Indoor Championships in 1990. In 1990, Bronson placed third in the same competition. She has consistently been ranked in the Western and Wisconsin State singles and doubles competition. In 1983, Bronson received a No. 2 Western Ranking in women's doubles and was ranked fifth in singles in the Western Region.
Bronson's husband, Walter is currently the head tennis professional at Le Club. They have three children, Corey, Lindsay and Tanner, and two granddaughters Samantha and Emma. The family resides in Glendale.