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Lise Gregory
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Miami (Fla.)
Graduating Year: 1987
Experience: 5 Years
Email: lgregory@unca.edu
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Former professional tennis player Lise Gregory just completed her fifth year as head coach of the UNC Asheville men's and women's tennis program.

 

In 2012, Gregory was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year for men's tennis. She helped guide the Bulldogs to a 12-10 overall record and 5-2 mark in the Big South Conference. Asheville finished the season in second place in the Big South Conference, the highest finish ever for the Bulldogs in regular-season play. Gregory's club claimed impressive victories over Furman, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop during the year.

 

Both the Bulldog men's and women's programs have enjoyed steady improvement under her direction over the last five years.

 

In the 2009 season, she led the women's team to a 12-9 overall record. Gregory was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year for her work. In 2010, Asheville posted a 14-8 overall record, the second best in school history.

 

Asheville has also won in the classroom under Gregory's leadership. The women's squad has been designated as an ITA All-Academic team for four consecutive years, while the men's team has been honored for two straight years.

 

This is Gregory's second tour of duty with the Asheville program. She served as an assistant during the 2004-05 season and helped lead the women's team to an 11-8 overall record. It was just the second winning season for the Bulldog program in the previous 18 years.

 

Gregory lived in Asheville during the 2004-05 year before moving on to Vanderbilt where she served as Director of Facilities and Operations for one year.

 

Gregory was the head coach at Florida State for eight years from 1996 until 2004. She enjoyed tremendous success both on and off the court at Florida State.

 

Over her eight years at FSU, the Seminoles made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and earned seven straight Golden Torch Awards - an honor bestowed on the Florida State team with the highest GPA. Gregory has the highest winning percentage in FSU women's tennis coaching history, with a career record of 119-83 for a .589 winning percentage. Gregory is the all-time winningest women's tennis coach at FSU and the only 100-match winner.

 

FSU's best season under Gregory came in 1998-99 when it placed three players on the All-ACC team for the first time in school history. The Seminoles won 118 of 168 matches that season. She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Women's Tennis Coach of the Year in 1999. Lise also earned another Coach of the Year honor in 2004.

 

As a player at Miami, Gregory earned an amazing seven NCAA All-America honors for her singles and doubles play as well as an NCAA doubles championship in 1986 with teammate Ronni Reis. The duo compiled an impressive 84-10 record over four years, while Miami was consistently ranked among the nation's Top Five. Gregory was named to Tennis Magazine's All-Star team in both 1986 and 1987.

 

As a professional, Gregory won nine tournament titles in 16 finals appearances, including seven Virginia Slims doubles championships on the way to a career-high No. 18 world doubles ranking in 1990. She also won the singles title at the $25,000 Challenger in Philadelphia in 1987. Gregory was a doubles quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, a Grand Slam event, as a member of one of the top eight teams in the world that participated in the year-ending Virginia Slims Championship.

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