Nov. 5, 2013
DENTON, Texas -
North Texas head coach Sujay Lama announced the hiring of Jeff Hammond, a former SMU assistant, on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
“This is a great day for North Texas Tennis,” said Lama. “To have someone with the knowledge and experience of Coach Hammond join our family is absolutely amazing. “He will have an impact on all aspects of the program right away. Jeff has similar vision as I do in taking this team to new heights. His positive energy, passion for the game and love for coaching and mentoring these young ladies is truly a blessing. Needless to say, I am very excited to continue this journey with Coach Hammond.”
Hammond was hired as the assistant women’s tennis coach at SMU in June of 2012. Previously he spent six years at TCU, serving as the head coach from 2007-10, after two seasons as an assistant. As head coach, Hammond led the Horned Frogs to four consecutive Mountain West titles, four straight NCAA appearances and achieved top-25 team rankings each year. He was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Hammond coached three players to All-America honors and saw several players reach the finals and semifinals in the doubles and singles NCAA indoor and outdoor championships.
As an assistant at TCU, he was tabbed the ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year as he helped the Horned Frogs advance to the NCAA Round of 16 as a team in 2006. He coached three players to All-America honors including the 2006 ITA All-American Tournament Singles Champion.
During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Hammond served as the volunteer assistant coach for the nationally ranked Southern California men's team. He helped guide the 2004 USC squad to a co-Pac-10 team championship and to the NCAA semifinals. The Trojans finished No. 4 in the rankings.
Hammond started his coaching career at University High in Irvine, Calif., in 2000 after serving as an assistant tennis pro at The Pointe Hilton on South Mountain in Phoenix. During his two-year stint with the boys' varsity tennis squad at University High, Hammond led his team to two California Interscholastic Federation team championships. Following the 2000 title, he was named the Orange County Register Coach of the Year.
Hammond earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Vermont in 1993, where he was four-year starter on the tennis team with a .694 winning percentage in singles. As a senior, he was co-captain, and in 1992, he helped lead the Catamounts to the North Atlantic Conference championship. Following graduation, he spent time playing on the United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit. In 2001 he finished ranked #1 in Men’s 30s Singles in Southern California and #10 in the United States.
“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to become part of the North Texas tennis program,” said Hammond. “Coach Lama has done a tremendous job. Success has always followed him. Three conference titles in four years reflect his passionate commitment to excellence, and his holistic approach puts the program in a position to get even better. I look forward to many years of hard work and success and thank Coach and administration for their welcoming of me and my family."
Hammond and his wife, Amy, former Arizona State Pac-10 platform diving champion in 1994, have two sons, Eric and Kevin.