Now entering his seventh season at the University of Chicago in 2018-19, Head Tennis Coach Jay Tee has built and developed two of the premier tennis squads in all of NCAA Division III.
Over the last six seasons, Tee's players have earned 34 All-American honors. UChicago men's tennis has enjoyed unprecedented success, with four-straight trips to the NCAA Division III Championships and three berths in the NCAA Semifinals. Maroon women's tennis has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals four times as well in that time. Tee's teams own a combined dual record of 192-82 (.701 winning percentage).
The 2018-19 season featured both UChicago squads in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The team success led to Tee and Assistant Coach Kris Powell being named ITA Division III Coaches of the Year, as well as University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's Coaching Staff of the Year. The Maroon men made the NCAA Semifinals for the third time in four seasons while producing All-Americans Erik Kerrigan, Tyler Raclin, Jeremy Yuan and Nicolas Chua. The men also won their first-ever UAA team title, defeating Emory University in the finals. UChicago's women made their third-straight NCAA Quarterfinals appearance and produced two All-Americans - Claire Handa and Marjorie Antohi. Handa was also picked as the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year.
The 2017-18 women's tennis team reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second-straight year while the men's team reached the NCAA Round of 16. All told, six Maroon men earned All-America honors - Nicolas Chua, Erik Kerrigan, Ninan Kumar, David Liu, Max Hawkins and Tyler Raclin. Chua became the first UChicago men's tennis player to ever reach the NCAA semifinal round in singles, while Kerrigan and Kumar were the first UChicago men's doubles team to reach the semifinals. Ariana Iranpour made her third-straight appearance in the NCAA Singles draw and picked up ITA All-American status.
In 2015-16, Tee guided both his men's and women's teams to the NCAA Quarterfinals. It was the first time in school history that both teams advanced that far in the postseason in the same season. UChicago's men reached the NCAA Semifinals for the second-straight year. A total of five Maroons qualified for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships - Nicolas Chua, David Liu, Ariana Iranpour, Rachel Kim and Lucy Tang.
In 2014-15, Tee earned UAA Men's Tennis Coaching Staff of the Year and ITA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year. Six of his male players were named All-UAA, including UAA Rookie of the Year Nicolas Chua. Megan Tang was named ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year, while Ariana Iranpour and Nicolas Chua were named ITA Central Region Rookies of the Year. Both the men's and women's squads qualified for the NCAA Team Championships. Three of his players were picked to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships - Tang, Iranpour and Chua. The Maroon men finished in fourth place at the NCAAs for their highest national placing ever.
In 2013-14, the Maroons women's tennis team reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Megan Tang, Tiffany Chen and Deepak Sabada were picked to participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships as well.
In 2012-13, the UChicago women's team posted an 18-6 record and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The men's squad compiled a 14-5 record on the season. Megan Tang, Helen Sdvizhkov and Deepak Sabada earned selection to the NCAAs as well.
Tee spent four seasons as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Cleveland State University. In his four years at CSU, the men's team won three-consecutive Horizon League titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament each time. The women's team also enjoyed much success, setting a school record for victories and reaching the Horizon League finals in each of the past two seasons. In addition to the success enjoyed by the teams, Tee helped to mentor several First and Second Team All-Conference performers, including Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, Matt Kuelker.
Tee was a member of the CSU men's team from 2002-06 and compiled more than 40 wins in singles, playing mostly at the No. 2 position. He is ranked 10th on the all-time singles wins list at CSU and recorded a 58-46 doubles mark, playing mostly at the No. 1 position. The 2002-03 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, Tee was selected to the All-Horizon League team four times throughout his tenure at Cleveland State. He also served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a senior.
Tee graduated from CSU in 2007 with a degree in history and served as an Assistant Tennis Professional at Lake Toxaway Country Club in North Carolina in 2007. He then held the position of Director of Junior Development at the Asheville Racquet and Fitness Club from 2007-09.
|Women's Tennis||Overall W-L||Men's Tennis||Overall W-L|
|2017-18||19-5; NCAA Quarterfinals||2017-18||19-5; NCAA Semifinals; UAA title|
|2016-17||18-5; NCAA Quarterfinals||2016-17||18-5; NCAA Round of 16|
|2015-16||13-6; NCAA Quarterfinals||2015-16||18-6; NCAA Semifinals|
|2014-15||13-12; NCAA Round of 16||2014-15||19-7; NCAA 4th place|
|2013-14||12-11; NCAA Round of 16||2013-14||11-9|
|2012-13||18-6; NCAA Quarterfinals||2012-13||14-5|