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Erica Perkins Jasper
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 3 Years

Head Coach (2012-Current)

2013-14 Season: Coach Jasper and the Lobos saw a lot of success in the 2013-14 season finishing with a 17-8 record (the most wins in the program since 2004). UNM completed the non-conference season with a record of 11-6, going 1-5 against nationally ranked opponents. The Lobos’ non-conference season was highlighted by an upset victory over No. 54 Colorado. Jasper and the Lobos went 6-2 against MW conference opponents. UNM claimed six consecutive conference victories before dropping to Fresno State in the final match of the MW Championships. This was UNM’s first finals appearance since 2004. Eight out of the nine players on the Lobo lineup finished the season with a winning record, including freshman Rachana Bhat’s impressive 16-0 finish. Freshman Lizette Blankers (24-16) and senior Michaela Bezdickova (10-23) earned All-MW honors in both singles and doubles. Blankers was also named Co-Freshman of the Year by the MW. Additionally, Jasper had eight players earn academic honors from the conference. The Lobos were also recognized as a 2014 ITA All-Academic team for earning an impressive 3.61 GPA. 

UNM was ranked as high as #62 by the ITA during the season. The Lobos finished the season unranked.

2012-13 Season: Jasper finished her first season at UNM with a 7-15 record, 1-7 in the Mountain West. It was building year for Jasper and assistant coach Kelcy McKenna as they took on a new team. The Lobos were led by seniors Kristin Eggleston, Lauren Richardson, Michaela Oldani, and juniors Susanna Kuuttila and Michaela Bezdickova. Despite strong leadership from the upperclassmen, the Lobos struggled to take that extra step and claim the victories they needed throughout the season. While UNM defeated Colorado State in regular season play, the Lobos’ season came to an end when they fell to the Rams in the quarterfinals of the MW championships. Jasper had two players receive All-MW honors (Richardson and Bezdickova).

Intercollegiate Tennis Association

Jasper is an active member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, currently serving on the ITA Board of Directors and as a member of the ITA DI Women's Operating Committee.  She also chairs the ITA Mountain Region Committee and currently represents the USTA Southwest Section on the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee.


Prior to UNM

As one of the nation's youngest head coaches, Erica Perkins Jasper got her start at Georgia Southern, leading the Eagles to a 22-21 overall record. In her first season, she led the Eagles to a semifinal berth in the Southern Conference Tournament, and she followed that up with a quarterfinal appearance the following season. In her two years at Georgia Southern she coached the SoCon Freshman of the Year and the SoCon Sportsmanship award winner. She also had eight ITA Scholar-Athletes, and her team GPAs were a 3.52 and a 3.54.

Jasper then spent two years as an assistant coach at William & Mary, helping the Tribe to a 36-18 two-year mark, a pair of NCAA Tournaments, and a pair of top 30 rankings.

In 2004-05, the Tribe went 20-6, winning the Colonial Athletic Conference, ranking as high as No. 20 in the ITA rankings. Jasper worked extensively that season with All-American doubles team Candice Fuchs and Megan Moulton-Levy.

The following year, W&M went 16-9, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA field. Again working with Moulton-Levy, she helped her to the NCAA singles semifinals. Moulton-Levy would go on to be named the national recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and is currently on the WTA Tour.

From there, Jasper was hired at Michigan State University where she served as the head coach of the Spartans for two seasons from 2006-08. In her two seasons in East Lansing, the Spartans went 24-25 overall.  Her 2007-08 squad earned a 6th place Big Ten finish and a Final ITA National Ranking of #62.  The first final National ranking in program history. At MSU, she coached eight ITA Scholar-Athletes, and twice her teams were named ITA All-Academic Teams. She also started the Spartan ACE booster club, growing membership to over 100 members in her two years at MSU.

Jasper spent 4 years in Boca Raton, FL working for USTA Player Development at its Training Center Headquarters serving as Senior Manager of Junior & Collegiate Competition, heading up collegiate programming for the organization. She was responsible for the management and implementation of a number of programs including the USTA Collegiate Teams, Pro Tour Transition Camps, Jr. National Team Dual Matches, Campus Showdowns, Campus Kids' Days, and Campus QuickStart.

Jasper also served as the tournament director for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in 2010 and 2011 and served on the tournament staff for the US Open Junior Championships and Orange Bowl Tennis Championships from 2008 to 2011.


Collegiate Career

A Seattle native, the former Erica Perkins, was a four-year letter winner for Washington State University, where she was a three time NCAA singles selection (1999, 2001, 2002) and a NCAA doubles selection (2002 with partner Stacy McKenna).  Earning a BA in History through the honors program at WSU (’01) and a ED. M. in Athletic Administration (’03) Jasper was a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2002 and a three time Pac-10 First Team All-Academic Selection.  She was the Pac-10 Conference Medal Winner for WSU in 2002.


Personal

Jasper and her husband Colin were married in Delray Beach, FL in March 2011. They have two young sons Miles (2011) and Caleb (2014).

Friday, September 12
All Day - 
Women's Tennis
at Racquet Club Invitational
All Day - 
Women's Tennis
at Aggie Invitational
Friday, September 19
4:00 PM - 
Women's Tennis
vs. USA Junior Fed Cup Team
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