Sargeant to Coach at USTA Girls' Team Championships
NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s tennis assistant coach Amy Sargeant has been selected to lead the girls’ Missouri Valley U18 Sectional team at the USTA Girls’ 18 National Team Championships held in Claremont, Calif., beginning Sunday.
“It’s an honor to be selected to coach the Missouri Valley U18 team next week. This is a fantastic opportunity for junior players to represent a team and get a taste of what college tennis is all about,” said Sargeant. “I’m excited to coach this talented team and inspire them to play for something bigger than themselves.”
The USTA is broken into 17 sections, and each section sends a team of elite players to participate in college style play. Sargeant will lead a squad comprised of the top junior players from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
“I’m really proud of Amy for earning this opportunity to represent OU while coaching the top players in the Missouri Valley section,” said head coach Audra Cohen, who has represented the Florida section as both a player and a coach. “This is a truly special event where Amy will get a first-hand opportunity to work with the top juniors through four days of collegiate style team competition, and I have no doubt that each player on the Missouri Valley team will benefit from her on-court coaching and team leadership experience.”
2018 marks the second time in her career that Sargeant has led a team at the event; prior to her arrival at OU, Sargeant coached the Southwest district’s team while serving as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico.
Sargeant is entering her third season at Oklahoma. Prior to joining the Sooners, Sargeant spent a season at New Mexico as an assistant coach and two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Florida State. Sargeant played collegiately for the Seminoles from 2009-13, guiding FSU to four straight NCAA tournament berths and the 2013 ACC Championship. As a senior, she became the fifth player in Florida State history to record 30 singles wins in a season, posting a 30-7 mark, and her .811 winning percentage during her final year ranks second in FSU single-season history.
Incoming freshman Ivana Corley, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will also be in action at the Team Championships as a member of the Southwest section’s squad.