49ers Look to Extend Home Match Winning Streak
LBSU Travels to Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount
49ers will defend BWC title at Cal State Fullerton Friday before hosting UCR at home on Saturday
Long Beach State to play in the first of four fall tournaments this weekend.
The 49er record-holder for wins will stay on with the LBSU coaching staff.
In her 16 seasons as head coach at Long Beach State, Jenny Hilt-Costello has taken the 49ers women's tennis program into the national elite. Reaching No. 18 in the national rankings acknowledged the arrival of Beach Tennis during a run that has included 13 consecutive winning seasons, 13 straight finals appearances at the Big West Conference Tournament and 13 consecutive nationally-ranked seasons.
The 2013 season epitomized "Beach Tennis" under Hilt-Costello. Following the departure of the top three starters from the 2012 championship team, the 49ers posted a fifth 20-win, nationally-ranked season on the way to an 11th league title. All of this was achieved with a line-up featuring the previous season's No. 4, 5 and 7 position players successfully moving up to the No. 2-4 spots. The 2013 team once again finished ranked in the top 40 nationally.
In 2012, the 49ers reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history with a convincing 4-0 sweep of No. 33 Arkansas. The victory marked No. 250 for Hilt-Costello, making her the first coach in conference history to reach the milestone. Long Beach State finished the year ranked No. 36 in the nation, matching the highest final ranking in the program's history after ending the season with a 19-6 overall record, including eight wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
During this unprecedented 13-season run, 2006 stands out as the 49ers were ranked as high as No. 18, reaching the Top 20 for the first time in program history. The team had an overall record of 22-5 while taking on 14 ranked opponents.
The 49ers have compiled a 246-84 (.745) mark the past 13 seasons, including a sparkling 133-13 (.911) against Big West Conference foes. The conference finals appearances (13 consecutive), league championships (11), NCAA Tournament qualifications (10) and Top 75 ranking (13 straight seasons) are all the only times in school history that each has been achieved even once.
With a career coaching mark of 271-127 (.650) in 16 years, Hilt-Costello currently holds all major 49er women's tennis coaching records, including single season wins, career wins and highest winning percentage.
Hilt-Costello has been named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year a league-record seven times (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012). In 2004, she was named the West Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year award.
During her tenure as head coach, 49er teams have featured seven Big West Conference Players of the Year, five Freshmen of the Year, 22 nationally ranked players and 45 Big West First Team singles and doubles honorees. Hilt-Costello has coached four singles athletes and one doubles pair invitees to the NCAA Individuals Championships.
Hilt-Costello served from 2002-06 on the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Committee.
Hilt-Costello's student-athletes also succeed in the classroom having received ten (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) ITA National All-Academic Team Awards having over a 3.40 team grade point averages, including seven in a row. Beach Tennis teams have won 14 of the last 18 Long Beach State "High Team Grade Point Average" awards amongst the eighteen varsity programs since 2001.
Hilt-Costello arrived at Long Beach State in the fall of 1995 as the assistant tennis coach, as well as teaching kinesiology classes.
She played collegiate tennis at UCLA, where she earned a career-high national doubles rankings of No. 9 and national singles ranking of No. 35. She played all four years at UCLA and was named Bruin team captain as a senior. While at UCLA, Bruin teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament play all four years, including 1991 when they reached the National Championship team final. Hilt-Costello graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in psychology.
Prior to her collegiate career, Hilt-Costello's junior career included advancing to the 1988 final of the USTA National Father-Daughter Doubles Tournament at the U.S. Open.
Hilt-Costello was born in Madison, Wisc. and raised in Sacramento, Calif. She and her husband, John, own a home in Long Beach.