MEDFORD - Jaime Kenney, an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Assistant Coach of the Year last season, has been named the new men's tennis coach at Tufts University. The announcement was made today by Director of Athletics Bill Gehling.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to announce the hiring of Jaime Kenney as the new Head Coach of our Men's Tennis team," Gehling said. "We place a high premium on leadership qualities in our hiring decisions and rarely have I been as impressed with what a candidate brings to the table in that regard.  I am very confident that she will build a program we will all be proud of.  She is an excellent coach, a great recruiter and a superior team builder.  She will be an exceptional addition to our staff."

Kenney was an assistant coach on the Tufts women's tennis team under head coach Kate Bayard for the past two seasons. Last spring while Bayard was pregnant with her first child, Kenney took over full coaching duties during the post-season and helped the Jumbos earn their first-ever berth into the NCAA Quarterfinals. Tufts Women's Tennis enjoyed the finest two seasons in program history during Kenney's tenure.

"Having already worked at Tufts for the past two years, I fully appreciate all that Tufts is," Kenney said. "I am familiar with the diverse community and overwhelming sense of individual and community pride students and faculty share. I am proud and excited to be part of a community in which an elite athlete is supported, mentored and encouraged to achieve many personal bests in all aspects of their college experience."

Kenney and her family live in Hingham, Massachusetts.  She is a 1996 graduate of UMass Boston and has held numerous leadership positions in the local tennis community. In addition to head coaching posts at Hingham High School and Milton Academy, where her teams combined to win six league championships, Kenney has been a Director of Tennis as well as a Tennis Professional at two prestigious clubs in the area. 

The Tufts men's tennis team enjoyed its best season in years under interim head coach Jim Watson during the 2010-11 season. The Jumbos won 11 matches, the most for the program since the 1995-96 season. They earned their first NESCAC Championship appearance since the tournament went to a six-team format in 2006.

"I know these guys are talented and work incredibly hard.  I’ve been fortunate enough to see their progress first hand over the last two years.  This team is on the verge of excellence and I am confident my leadership skills, tennis knowledge and passion for the challenge and success will make an immediate impact," Kenney said.