UH Hilo’s new tennis coach has the playing, coaching and teaching experience to build a program that will make UH Hilo proud.
The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo announced today Tina McDermott is the new head coach of the UH Hilo men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Patrick Guillen, UH Hilo’s new athletic director, says McDermott’s playing, coaching and teaching experience will assist her in building and leading a program that will make UH Hilo proud.
“Coach McDermott understands what it takes to be successful,” says Guillen. “But most importantly, she is committed to providing the best student experience possible and developing the whole person through academics and the sport of tennis.”
Previously, McDermott was head women’s coach at Whittier College, an NCAA Division III school in California. Her 2015 squad finished 5-19 overall and 3-8 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“I am looking forward to helping the tennis program go to the next level,” McDermott says. “I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and I am so excited to be a Vulcan.”
Ranked 25th as an 18-year-old in Southern California, McDermott was a four-year player at NCAA Division I University of California-Irvine. Upon earning her UCI bachelor of arts degree, she became a tennis pro shop manager. The California native then made a career change to a senior account executive and business owner.
In 2013, McDermott was an instructor at the Billie Jean King tennis center in Long Beach, California. Her competitive nature then took her back to the courts. In 2014, she claimed doubles championships at the Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Classic, the Michael Chang Tennis Classic, the Queen of Hearts Charity Tournament, and the Pacific Southwest Championship.
McDermott received her professional certification from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association in 2014.