May 14, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Head Women's Tennis Coach Jenny Hilt-Costelllo is the first active Big West coach to reach 250 career victories, an amount that she reached last Friday when the 49ers defeated No. 33 Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Hilt-Costello reached the mark while leading the 49ers to their second-ever win in the NCAA Tournament, both of which have occurred under her watch. A seven-time Big West Coach of the Year, Hilt-Costello reached the mark in 15 seasons at the helm of Long Beach State. Only one other coach has more than 200 wins in the Big West; UC Irvine's Mike Edles, who has spent the last 17 years with the Anteaters and has 23 fewer wins in more seasons than Hilt-Costello.
Long Beach State has reached the Big West Tournament championship in each of the last 12 seasons, winning nine times and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Over that stretch, Hilt-Costello has won the Big West Coach of the Year award seven different times which stands as a conference record. Long Beach State's nine conference championships are also a Big West record, and Hilt-Costello has led the 49ers to all nine championships.
The 49ers have now been ranked for the last 12 seasons under Hilt-Costello, and under her watch four different players have been named the Big West Player of the Year a total of seven times, including four-time Big West Player of the Year Hannah Grady and this year's recipient, Anais Dallara.
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