Head Coach Kate Bayard

Head Coach Kate Roiter Bayard

Tennis Office
Tufts University
Cousens Gymnasium
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: (617) 627-5076
Fax: (617) 627-3614
E-mail: kate.bayard@tufts.edu
Record at Tufts: 104-73 (9 seasons through 2013-14)


Head Coach Kate Bayard is currently in her ninth year as head coach at Tufts and her 18th year in coaching. Bayard is a two-time NESCAC coach of the year (2009 & 2011) and was named regional ITA coach of the year (2010) and USTA coach of the year (2010).

Bayard has coached her players to three national titles (singles NCAA national title in 2010; doubles ITA national titles in 2008 & 2009) and to All-American status 10 times. The team was recognized as an ITA national sportsmanship team award winner (2010).  Every year Bayard has coached at Tufts, her teams have qualified for the NCAA team championships. After winning the 2011 regional NCAA championships, the team advanced to the national NCAA quarterfinals and was ranked #5 nationally.

Bayard began her coaching career in 1996 as the assistant women's coach at Yale, followed by head coaching jobs at Wellesley College and Dartmouth College. She was a teaching pro at Longwood Cricket Club, then Dedham Country & Polo Club, where she was head pro in the summer.

Bayard played her college tennis at Division I Harvard University, where she earned First Team All-Ivy honors four times. She was Ivy League Rookie of the year during her freshman year while playing #1 singles and #1 doubles for the Crimson. Bayard captained two Ivy League championship teams for the Crimson, a team that was ranked as high as #15 nationally in Division I.

Prior to college, Bayard was ranked nationally as high as #3 in doubles and #26 in singles in the USTA final rankings. She won the USTA National Sportsmanship Award in the girls 16's. Bayard also earned Mass State All-Star soccer honors & Eastern Mass All-star soccer honors while captaining her high school soccer team.

Formerly Kate Roiter, Coach Bayard lives in Medford with her husband Jeff and daughter Hazel.


Assistant Coach Alex Howard

Assistant Coach Alex Howard has enjoyed success as a player, coach, and tennis pro during his career. He is currently ranked number one in New England in the 35 and over division. He is currently the Director of Tennis at Ipswich Country Club. He was Head Tennis Coach at Manchester Athletic Club from 2009-2013 and he was the Tennis Pro at Weymouth Club from 2001-2009. He has coached highly nationally ranked junior players throughout his career.

Howard played tennis on scholarship at Division I University of Richmond for four years. He was a first team All-Conference selection during his junior and senior years, and as a senior was a captain and played #1 singles. Howard received the Spider Award at Richmond, which goes to the one senior athlete who most exemplifies sportsmanship, work ethic, dignity, and leadership.

After college, Howard played on the professional tennis circuit for 2000-2001 and earned an ATP World Singles Ranking. He finished first in New England seven times in the men's open division between singles and doubles combined. He also captained two US Tennis Association 5.0 teams to national titles (2003 & 2010) and won the 2005 national grasscourt  men's open doubles championship.

Howard was also the assistant women's tennis coach at Brown from 2001-2002.

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