An eight-time (1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) NEWMAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, and the 2007 ITA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, Carol Matsuzaki has guided the MIT program for 19 seasons. The winningest coach in MIT women’s tennis history, she has compiled a 241-113 dual match record, with her teams recording winning records in all but one season.
In 2014-15, Matsuzaki guided MIT to one of its most successful seasons. During this campaign, the Engineers captured the regular-season NEWMAC crown and the NCAA Regional title to advance to the Elite 8 for the first time in program history. That season, the Engineers finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation. From 1999-02, Matsuzaki steered the Engineers to four consecutive NEWMAC Championship titles and has coached numerous individuals to appearances at the NCAA Championships, including Elysa Kohrs in 2014 and 2016, Dora Tzeng in 2016 and Lauren Quisenberry in 2011 and 2013. Following the 2006-07 season, she was named the Division III Northeast Region Wilson/ITA Women’s Coach of the Year.
Matsuzaki graduated from MIT in 1995 with a degree in biology. She captained the varsity women’s tennis team her senior year and was the NEW 8 Conference Athlete of the Year in 1995. She was ranked as high as #46 in the country in singles and #21 in the country in doubles, as well as playing on a team ranked #11 in the country. In addition to varsity tennis, she played on the varsity men’s squash team and was a two-time qualifier for the national individual women’s tournament.
Matsuzaki received her graduate degree in sports psychology from Boston University 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.