The Chants advance to play the winner of #3 Winthrop and #6 UNC Asheville at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Big South Coach of the Year: 1 (2015)
Catherine Hewitt enters her sixth year as head coach of the women's tennis team at Coastal Carolina University.
Hewitt's fifth season at the helm in 2016 saw the Chants finish 18-7 overall. Coastal's 7-2 record against Big South opponents earned the Chants a third-place finish in their final season of competition in the conference, and their last trip through the conference tournament resulted in a semifinal loss to a nationally ranked Winthrop team. Hewitt had four of her student-athletes voted All-Big South as Libby Scott and Sara Bondar were first team selections, Romane Delay was a second team selection and Marie Babayan made the league's All-Academic Team.
Hewitt's fourth season as the head of the Chanticleers in 2014-15 saw Coastal win a share of the Big South Regular Season Championship after closing the spring with a 16-6 overall record and an 8-1 mark against Big South opponents. The Chants earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament where they advanced to the championship match for the second time under Hewitt's direction, before eventually falling to top-seeded Charleston Southern. The 2014-15 campaign was highlighted by a 12-match win streak that spanned over a month of the regular season, and saw several Chants awarded individual honors. Hewitt herself was named the 2015 Big South Coach of the Year for the first time in her career, while Libby Scott and Honami Yazawa were named all-conference singles selections. Hewitt also guided the Chanticleer doubles pairing of Scott and Marie Babayan to a national doubles ranking of #89 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The 2013-14 season saw Hewitt lead the Chanticleers to the 20th Big South Conference Championship semifinal appearance in the program's history. Under Hewitt's direction, the Chants wrapped the season with an 18-7 overall record with a 5-4 record against Big South opponents. Hewitt additionally coached three All-Big South players, including the 2014 Big South Freshman of the Year Honami Yazawa, and the 2014 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Christenberry Award winner Dominique de Wit.
In the 2012-13 season, Hewitt led the Chants to a 10-10 overall record and 5-4 conference record in the regular season before falling to Liberty 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Big South Championship. Under Hewitt's direction, Libby Scott was named the 2013 Big South Freshman of the Year, the first Coastal player to receive the award since 2000. Additionally, the Chants were honored as an ITA All-Academic Team for the 15th consecutive year.
In 2011-12, Hewitt led the Chants to an impressive 18-6 overall record, and a berth in the Big South Conference Championship where they fell 4-0 to Winthrop to finish the season second in the Big South.
Hewitt, a Conway native, was named head women's tennis coach in July of 2011, taking over the reins of the Chanticleers' program after three-plus years as the director of tennis at Spring Valley Country Club in Columbia. She replaced Jody Davis, who retired from coaching after 15 seasons as head coach of the Chanticleers.
While serving as director of tennis at Spring Valley Country, Hewitt was responsible for all operations of the tennis club, including the instruction of members of all skill levels and coaching of junior teams. Prior to accepting the position at Spring Valley, she was the head teaching professional at the Topspin Racquet & Swim Club in Lexington. As head teaching professional, Hewitt engaged in substantial teaching responsibilities with tennis students of all ages and ability levels. Hewitt also implemented the successful Cardio TennisTM program at Topspin Racquet & Swim Club.
Hewitt is a member of the Professional Tennis Registry and holds professional level certification through the United States Professional Tennis Association. As a member of the United States Tennis Association in South Carolina, she has served as a member of the Tennis Professional Committee.
During her playing career, she helped guide South Carolina to a No. 11 national ranking in 2000 and a Southeastern Conference championship final in 2001. Prior to playing collegiately, Hewitt was named the 1998 South Carolina Junior Player of the Year after winning the 1998 Wachovia Palmetto singles championship.
Hewitt received her undergraduate degree in sport and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina in 2003.
Hewitt's Career Head Coaching Record
Five Seasons at Coastal Carolina: 80-36 (.689) Overall, 31-13 (.704) in Big South Matches
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