A four-time NEWMAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, Carol Matsuzaki steered the Engineers to four consecutive NEWMAC Championship titles from 1999-02 and has led 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. Currently the winningest coach in program history, Matsuzaki has compiled 136 victories in 12 seasons.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Calif., Matsuzaki came to MIT in 1991 majoring in Biology and Literature. She picked up the racket for the first time in a physical education class and steadily improved, making the varsity team where she was the No. 1 singles player her senior year. Matsuzaki captained the tennis team from 1994-96 and was the NEW 8 Player of the Year in 1995. In addition to varsity tennis, she played JV squash and was a member of the Tennis Club.
Upon graduation in 1996, Matsuzaki became the assistant coach for the Engineers until her appointment as head coach in the spring of 1998.
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.