Erica Perkins Jasper Named Head Women's Tennis Coach
June 12, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M. --- Erica Perkins Jasper, the former head coach at Michigan State and Georgia Southern, who most recently has served as the Senior Manager for Junior and Collegiate Competition for the United States Tennis Association, has been named the new head women's tennis coach at New Mexico, announced Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs.
Perkins Jasper brings to New Mexico a wealth of experience at both the collegiate and national levels. She previously served as the head coach of two Division I institutions, Michigan State and Georgia Southern, and she was an assistant at William & Mary for two years.
"I want to thank Tim Cass and the search committee for doing a very thorough and detailed search, that I believe has brought to UNM an outstanding coach in Erica Perkins Jasper," said Krebs. "Erica has quality head coaching experiences and she has worked in extremely competitive conferences. Her national connections and recruiting connections from working with the USTA, and her involvement in tennis on a national level will greatly impact our program. She has a passion to coach and to lead and develop young women. I'm truly thrilled to have Erica and her family as a part of the Lobo family."
"I am extremely happy to be the new head women's tennis coach at the University of New Mexico," said Perkins Jasper. "I am excited by the challenge of returning Lobo Tennis to the national stage and mentoring student-athletes who are not only champions on the court and classroom but also champion people."
Perkins Jasper added, "I'd like to thank Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs, Sr. Associate Athletic Director Tim Cass, and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity and for their commitment to women's tennis. The future is promising and we will work tirelessly to compete and win at the highest levels."
As one of the nation's youngest head coaches, Erica 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.
Perkins 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. Perkins 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.
For the past four years, Jasper Perkins has worked for the USTA in Boca Raton, working in player development. Since the start of 2010, she has served as Senior Manager of Junior and Collegiate Competition and Performance and Development Planning Coach.
She has authored a variety of programs with the USTA, and she has served as the tournament director of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. She also has assisted with the US Open Junior Championships, Orange Bowl, and other USTA junior events.
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. Erica has a pair of degrees from Washington State University, a B.A. in history (2001) and an M. Ed. in athletic administration (2003). Erica and her husband Colin have a 6-month old son, Miles.