Jody Bronson
Jody  Bronson

Head Coach


Women's Tennis Unveils 2017-18 Slate

MU opens fall schedule at 42nd Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic


Women's Tennis Falls at Minnesota, 7-0

The Golden Eagles look ahead to Arizona State


Women's Tennis Falls at Minnesota, 7-0

The Golden Eagles look ahead to Arizona State


Women's Tennis Falls at Minnesota, 7-0

The Golden Eagles look ahead to Arizona State


Women's Tennis Defeated by No. 44 Illinois, 5-2

MU returns home next Saturday after three-straight road matches


MU's young squad looks for success

Marquette's women's tennis team is young - but they look to pave the way towards success by developing as a team.

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Entering her 34th year in 2018-19, 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.

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 the only active coach with over 400 career wins. In 33 seasons as head coach, Bronson has amassed a career record of 420-365.

The 2017-18 season was the 11th straight campaign in which the Golden Eagles finished the dual season above .500, compiling a 12-10 mark and reaching the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals for the third time in four seasons. Natalija Popovic was named BIG EAST Women's Rookie of the Year and earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors, while Fleur Eggink was selected as a member of the All-BIG EAST Second Team.  This was the second straight season that Bronson had two student-athletes earn all-league honors. 

Marquette was 15-8 in 2016-17, highlighted by Silvia Ambrosio and Paula Tormos Sanchez earning All-BIG EAST accolades. Marquette has posted winning campaigns in 21 of 32 seasons, including the program's best winning percentage of 90.5 in 1988-89, as she enters her 12th season in the BIG EAST.

In 2015-16, Bronson was a crucial influence towards the stellar season of freshman Silvia Ambrosio. Under Bronson's watch, Ambrosio was able to clinch the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year award, and was tabbed as one of just three players to be unanimous selections to All-BIG EAST Team. In her rookie campaign, Ambrosio compiled a 12-4 dual singles record to go along with a 14-4 doubles record alongside senior partner Erin Gebes.

The 2014-15 campaign was a positive one for the Golden Eagles as for the second consecutive year Bronson led MU to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals. The squad earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament with a 12-11 overall record in dual play and Ana Pimienta was named to the BIG EAST All-Conference team for the second year in-a-row.

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 .800. 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.

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.


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