Terrence De Jongh is entering his 10th season leading ULM women's tennis. He needs just 12 wins to become the Warhawks' all-time winningest coach. A season ago the squad posted a 15-7 record as a team and three years ago his squad was ranked during the mid-point of the season.
In 2011-12 he helped lead the Warhawks to a 76-28 singles record including a 19-4 record in Sun Belt play. ULM was 38-12 in doubles including 6-3 in Sun Belt play. Medy Blankvoort earned All-Sun Belt honors after going 16-1 overall and 4-0 in conference.
The former Louisiana Coach of the Year, De Jongh restored the tradition proud women's tennis program at ULM in five short years. Following a nine-win campaign in 2008-09, he led the Warhawks to 35 victories over the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons and put together the longest winning streak in the NCAA of 18 matches in 2011.
De Jongh's players have not only been successful athletically, but they have also set the standard for student-athletes at ULM in the classroom. The women's tennis program received the NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2011 for ranking in the top 10 percent in APR across the country. ULM's tennis program was one of just 10 overall Sun Belt programs and 11 programs in Louisiana to earn the recognition.
ULM has boasted a perfect 1,000 APR score each of the past four seasons under De Jongh and received the most recent ULM Team GPA Award with a cumulative effort of 3.63. Most recently, the ULM team was one of four schools in the Sun Belt for the 2014-15 season to boast a 3.25 average GPA or better, with three student-athletes earning recognition from the ITA for GPAs of at least 3.5.
De Jongh is responsible for suiting up arguably the best player in ULM and Sun Belt Conference history. Claire Clark dominated her competition from the moment she stepped on the courts as a walk-on in the spring of 2008. By the time she graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2011, Clark amassed a 63-4 overall record in dual matches in singles. As a senior, Clark lost just four sets all season long in singles en route to an 18-1 record and four Sun Belt Player of the Week awards.
Clark was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team as a senior in addition to earning Louisiana Player of the Year honors and receiving the Sun Belt Conference Post-Graduate Scholarship Award; Clark was ULM's first Academic All-America First Team selection since 1994.
Clark and her teammates finished the 2011 season 18-2 overall and 5-0 in Sun Belt Conference action under the leadership of De Jongh. ULM's 18-match win streak was the longest in the NCAA and earned the Warhawks the number two seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
The Warhawks peaked at No. 46 in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings during the 2011 season, it was ULM's first national ranking since 2003. The season featured a 6-1 win at No. 73 Mississippi State - the Warhawks first victory over the Bulldogs since 1985 - and a 5-2 victory at Northwestern State, which snapped the Demons 20-match regular season win streak.
De Jongh's Warhawks dominated the All-Sun Belt Conference Teams in historic fashion. ULM accounted for four of the seven players on the singles team and two of the five doubles teams. It marked the first time in Sun Belt history that a team placed four athletes on the singles team. Clark, Monica Winkel, Vivian Polak and Letha Gaigher all earned singles honors. ULM's doubles teams of Clark and Winkel in addition to Polak and Ana Burjaili were all-conference in doubles. Gaigher also named the Louisiana Freshman of the Year.
With a trio of recruiting classes in the books, ULM's transformation under De Jongh began in 2010 when the Warhawks finished 18-6 overall and 7-2 at home.
Clark was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American for the second straight year and earned the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. Clark was also named to the All-Sun Belt Singles team, while Burjaili and Polak were All-Sun Belt selections as a doubles tandem.
In the short time since De Jongh has taken the reigns of the program, the ULM tennis team has hosted the Sun Belt Conference Tennis Championships, three fall tournaments and the first ever ULM tennis reunion for former standouts of one of the school's most historically prominent athletic programs.
In his first five seasons on the bayou, De Jongh has led the Warhawks to a 23-8 mark at home.
The Warhawks successes haven't been limited to the performance of the team. Individuals under De Jongh have enjoyed equal success. Under the ULM head coach, a student-athlete has posted at least 10 spring wins in an individual season on 20 occasions over the last five seasons - including a six players in 2011.
De Jongh began his Warhawk head coaching career prior to the start of the 2007 spring term. Moving from the Southland Conference into the Sun Belt Conference for the season - a league that has featured as many as four nationally ranked women's tennis programs since ULM joined - the Warhawks started fast for their head coach. ULM won nine matches in its inaugural SBC campaign, but dropped a trio of 4-3 decisions including one at perennial league power South Alabama.
In addition to playing tough in the program's new conference, De Jongh mentored one of the league's top student-athletes to a postseason award. Marion Lehmann raced out to a 15-3 individual mark in her first season by the bayou and was named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Second Team. Lehmann also garnered Newcomer of the Year accolades under the direction of De Jongh, making her the first women's tennis athlete at ULM to receive the nod in the statewide poll.
Despite being hampered by injuries on the court that left him with only five healthy players, De Jongh's second installment at ULM picked up eight victories on the court. Four Warhawks in the regular line-up posted at least eight individual wins during the spring while another, Clark, finished six matches above .500 in limited action.
As important as on court success has been to De Jongh, his most important move may have been securing with the assistance of ULM Director of Athletics Bobby Staub and managing the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Tennis Championship Tournament. In only the team's second season in the league, ULM tennis hosted the championship event, the department's first since becoming a full member of the league prior to the 2006-07 competitive year.
During the 2008 fall campaign, the ULM tennis program took another big step forward by hosting a pair of open tournaments. The Warhawk Classic and ULM Invitational became the first fall tournaments hosted on the Monroe campus in more than 15 years.
De Jongh began his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant coach during the 2000 season. Serving four years in that capacity, he was elevated to the position of interim head coach for the 2004 campaign and led the Lady Techsters to a 9-12 record - the program's best mark in seven years. After having the 'interim' tag removed for the 2005 season, the De Jongh-led Louisiana Tech squad topped the 10-win plateau for the first time in nearly 20 seasons.
Overlapping with his time as a collegiate head coach was a four-year stint as the tennis professional at Pine Hills Country Club in Calhoun, La. After leaving Louisiana Tech following a 10-12 record in 2005, De Jongh spent one year away from college coaching before taking his current post as leader of the Warhawks.
A 1995 high school graduate of Scholen Gemeenschap on the Carribean island of Bonaire, De Jongh continued his formal education by receiving an electrical engineering degree from Ir Cesar Tarzano Junior College, located in Aruba, in 1999.
De Jongh played professionally on the International Tennis Federation circuit while representing his home country, Aruba. A strong competitor, he was ranked internationally in both singles and doubles. He would later receive a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Louisiana Tech in 2003 and his master's of industrial organization from Louisiana Tech in 2006.
*Louisiana Coach of the Year
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