Head Women’s Tennis Coach
A 10-time (1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) NEWMAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year and the 2018 ITA Division III National Coach of the Year, Carol Matsuzaki enters her 23rd season as the head coach of the MIT women’s tennis program in 2020-21. The winningest coach in MIT women’s tennis history, she has a career dual match record of 282-124 and was named as the ITA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2018.
In 2019-20, the Engineers posted a 3-2 overall mark as the spring season was cancelled to the Covid-19 pandemic. Matsuzaki’s squad competed at the ITA Indoor National Championship for the second straight season and earned a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents overall. The squad finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation for the third straight season.
In the 2018-19 season, Matsuzkaki guided the Engineers to the program’s second-straight NCAA Elite Eight after recording an 18-4 overall record. The team captured its 10th NEWMAC Tournament title after a perfect NEWMAC regular season and finished the year ranked No. 9 in the country. In 2017-18, the Engineers posted the best record in program history with a 20-3 final record, while Elysa Kohrs and Libby Rickeman both advanced into the NCAA Singles Championship and together, the duo earned a spot in the NCAA Doubles Championship. This was the third NCAA appearance for Kohrs, while it was the first for Rickeman. Matsuzaki also coached Dora Tzeng to an appearance in the NCAA Championships in 2016, while Lauren Quisenberry advanced in both 2011 and 2013.
Matsuzaki led the Engineers to the program’s first Elite Eight in the 2014-15 season as the team won the NEWMAC regular-season crown before winning three straight NCAA matches to move into the National Quarterfinals.
Matsuzaki graduated from MIT in 1995 with a degree in biology. She captained the varsity women’s tennis team her senior year and was the NEW 8 Conference Athlete of the Year in 1995. She was ranked as high as #46 in the country in singles and #21 in the country in doubles, as well as playing on a team ranked #11 in the country. In addition to varsity tennis, she played on the varsity men’s squash team and was a two-time qualifier for the national individual women’s tournament.
Matsuzaki received her graduate degree in sports psychology from Boston University in 1997. In 2004, she authored the book “Tennis Fundamentals”. Part of Human Kinetics’ Sports Fundamentals series, “Tennis Fundamentals” teaches the basic skills and tactics to help readers participate in the sport quickly.