The junior earned the Big West’s highest honor for the second time in her career after taking home POY honors as a freshman in 2014.
Beach Tennis begins its regular season on Saturday at 11 a.m. against the visiting Dons.
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
- 8-Time Big West Coach of the Year (2001, 2004-06, 2008-09, 2012, 2014)
- 2004 West Region Coach of the Year
In 18 seasons as head coach, Jenny Hilt-Costello has taken the 49er women's tennis program into the national elite. Reaching No. 18 in the national rankings in 2006 acknowledged the arrival of Beach Tennis during a run that has included 11 Big West titles and 15 consecutive nationally-ranked seasons. The results have all come versus a nationally ranked schedule, which includes multiple wins annually over opponents from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12.
Hilt-Costello's 2015 squad continued its domination over the Big West with an 18-6 overall record and a perfect 11-0 mark in Big West dual matches. The Beach won its 12th conference tournament title in 14 years and again finished in the Top 40 of the ITA national rankings before falling in the NCAA tournament.
During this unprecedented 15-year run, the 2006 and 2014 seasons stand out. In 2006, the 49ers reached the Top 20 for the first time in program history. Posting a 22-5 record versus 14 ranked opponents in 2006, the 49ers won their first NCAA tournament match while advancing to the round of 32 in the NCAA Championships before narrowly falling to the No. 2 team in the nation. The No. 26 final national ranking for the Beach was a 30 spot jump from the start of the season. The 2014 squad, featuring four freshman starters, posted a 21-3 record on the way to another Big West title before then knocking of #21 Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Beach Tennis has compiled a sparkling 141-13 (.916) against Big West Conference foes since 2001. The 49ers conference final appearances (15 consecutive), conference championships (12), NCAA tournament berths (12) and Top 75 ranking (15 consecutive years) make the last 15 years the most successful period in Beach tennis history as each accomplishment had not previously been achieved at Long Beach State.
With a career coaching mark of 310-136 (.695) in 18 seasons, Hilt-Costello currently holds all the Beach women's tennis coaching records: 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 eight times in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014. 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, Hilt-Costello's teams have featured eight Big West Conference Players of the Year, five Freshman of the Year winners, 13 nationally ranked players and 45 Big West First-Team singles and doubles honorees. Hilt-Costello has coached four singles and one doubles pair invitees to the NCAA Individual Championships. Hilt-Costello served from 2002-2006 on the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Committee. Hilt-Costello's student-athletes also succeed in the classroom having received 12 (2003, 2005-15) ITA National All-Academic Team Awards having over 3.20 team grade point averages. Beach Tennis teams have won 20 of 22 Long Beach State "High Team Grade Point Average" awards amongst the sixteen varsity programs on campus.
Hilt-Costello arrived at Long Beach State in the fall of 1995, serving as an assistant coach for two seasons.
Hilt-Costello went from walk-on to nationally ranked team captain during her four years at UCLA, where she graduated with a B.A. in psychology. She earned a career high No. 9 doubles and No. 35 singles national ranking. While at UCLA, the Bruin teams advanced to NCAA Tournament play all four years, including 1991 the National Championship team final.
Prior to her collegiate career, Hilt-Costello's junior career included advancing to the 1988 USTA National Father-Daughter Doubles Tournament Final at the U.S. Open in New York.
Born in Madison, Wisc.,and raised in Sacramento, Calif., Jenny and her husband John own a home in Long Beach.
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