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Erica Perkins-Jasper became the head coach of the Lobo women's tennis program July 2012.
As one of the nation's youngest head coaches, 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.
From there, Perkins-Jasper moved to East Lansing, where she served as the head coach of the Spartans for two seasons from 2006-08. In her two seasons the Spartans went 24-25 in a tough Big Ten, with her teams getting ranked as high as No. 71 in 2007 and No. 62 in 2008. With MSU, she coached eight more ITA scholars, and twice had her team honored by the ITA for academics. She also started the Spartan ACE booster club, growing membership to 100 members.
Perkins-Jasper spent 4 years in Boca Raton, FL working for USTA Player Development at its Training Center Headquarters. Since the start of 2010, she served 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.
Perkins-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.
She also has been involved in a variety of USTA outreach programs, and she has served as a liaison with various tennis governing bodies, including the NCAA, ITA, and USOC.
Jasper is an active member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, currently serving as a member of the ITA DI Women's Operating Committee representing the Mountain Region. She also chaired the 2012 USTA/ITA Awards program--an awards program she helped create while working for USTAPD--and has recently been named to the 2013-14 USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee.
Perkins-Jasper earned two degrees from Washington State University, a B.A. in history (2001) and an M. Ed. in athletic administration (2003). She was a standout student-athlete, playing No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Cougars and helping the WSU make the NCAA Tournament four years of her collegiate career (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002). Perkins-Jasper was a three-time NCAA Singles Championships participant and was three-time second team All-Pac-10. She ranked as high as No. 34 nationally in singles and No. 11 in doubles by the ITA. Perkins-Jasper was stellar in the classroom as well, earning the WSU Eagle Hardware/Lowe's Academic Award from 1999-2002, being a three-time first team Pac-10 All-Academic and a two-time Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American (second team in 2001 and first team in 2002).
She served as the Cougars' team captain her senior season.
Jasper and her husband Colin were married in March 2011. They have one son, Miles, born on Dec. 31, 2011.