|Year:||15th at MIT|
A four-time NEWMAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, Carol Matsuzaki has guided the MIT program for a record 14 seasons. The winningest coach in MIT women’s tennis history, she has compiled a 163-82 dual match record, with her teams recording winning records in all but one season.
Matsuzaki steered the Engineers to four consecutive NEWMAC Championship titles from 1999-02 and has coached numerous individuals to appearances at the NCAA Championships. Following the 2006-07 season, she was named the Division III Northeast Region Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s Coach of the Year. In 2011, the team had an undefeated spring season (11-0), finished the year ranked #22 in the nation in division III, and won the ITA National Sportsmanship Award. This past season led the Engineers to the finals of the NEWMAC Championship for the ninth time in 11 tries.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Calif., Matsuzaki graduated from MIT
in 1995 with degrees
in biology and literature. Matsuzaki captained the tennis team her senior year and was the NEW 8 Player of the Year in 1995. In addition to varsity tennis, she played on the varsity squash team.
Matsuzaki received her graduate degree in sports psychology from
in 1997. In 2004, she authored the book “Tennis Fundamentals”. Part of Human Kinetics’ Sports Fundamentals series, “Tennis Fundamentals” teaches the basic skills and tactics to help readers participate in the sport quickly.
|Year:||2nd at MIT|
|College:||Swarthmore College '99|
Mason Astley is in his second season on the MIT women's tennis staff in 2012-13. He came to the Engineers from Emerson College, where he was the men's and women's head tennis coach for three years.
Astley compiled a 46-28 overall record at Emerson, including an 11-3 campaign with the women's team in 2010-11. He was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for 2009.
Astley started teaching tennis at a summer tennis camp while in high school, and then matriculated at Swarthmore College, contributing to both the tennis and soccer teams. He earned a degree in English Literature and started working with the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center in Philadelphia after graduation. That rekindled his love of teaching tennis and he began teaching and training at a club near his hometown of Worcester, Mass. He then traveled to Osaka, Japan where he taught English at a private language school. Upon returning, Mason briefly coached at Worcester Polytechnic Institute before settling in at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown for three years.
Deciding that he had a lot to learn about the mental side of tennis, Mason then enrolled in the Boston University Graduate School of Education, where he earned a Master's Degree in counseling psychology (sport psychology concentration). Since then he has been consulting with athletes from many sports, but mostly tennis, including top-ten U.S. juniors and WTA touring professionals.
|Year:||5th at MIT|
Daniel Griffin returns for his fifth year as an assistant coach with the Engineers after serving as the interim head coach during the spring of 2010. His primary responsibilities include match preparation and on-court coaching during practices and matches.
A local product, Griffin played high school tennis at the Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. before a brief training stint at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Tampa, Fla. He continued his career at Connecticut College and upon graduation Griffin played competitively with his successes generating regional and national rankings.
Griffin is a certified member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and works at the Harvard University Business School. He is currently pursuing dual master's degrees from Suffolk University in political science and public administration.