Head Coach Lise Gregory has made tremendous strides in her first four years at the helm of the Florida State women's tennis program. While striving to reach new heights, Gregory has instilled a spirit of consistency and class both on the court and in the classroom.
In each of her four years at FSU, the Lady Seminoles have made trips to the NCAA Tournament and have earned the Golden Torch Award, which is given to the FSU team with the highest GPA. Gregory's success has not gone unnoticed as she was honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coach of the Year in 1999. When Gregory took over the program, she insisted that Florida State would become one of the best programs in the nation. Her fifth squad appears ready to build on the success of those before it and has the potential to become one of the nation’s top 10 teams.
Gregory's 1999-2000 team finished with a 17-9 record, and gained its fifth consecutive berth into the NCAA Regionals.The Lady Seminoles spent most of the season ranked in the Top 20 before finishing the year 22nd, while tying the second winningest season in the program's 20-year history. Coach Gregory has the highest winning percentage in FSU Women’s Tennis Coaching history, with a career record of 62-39 for a .614 winning percentage. Gregory is now ranked third in all-time wins at FSU. Glancing at the 2000-2001 schedule, it looks as though Coach Gregory has provided her team with a chance to gain even more experience against top-notch programs as the schedule consists of four teams in the Top 10 and seven in the Top 50.
While the program's emergence on the court is apparent, its commitment and performance in the classroom is equally impressive. In winning its fourth straight Golden Torch Trophy, the women's tennis team achieved a team GPA of 3.6 in 2000. Eight team members were honored on the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll and six made the Dean's List. In addition to the on-court and classroom guidance Gregory has brought to the program, she has also created the "Golden Spear Club". The Golden Spears are a group of Tallahassee community members, nearing 120 at the start of the 2001 dual match season, who provide support to the FSU tennis program.
Gregory, a former seven-time All-American and NCAA champion at the University of Miami, served as the assistant women's tennis coach at Vanderbilt University in 1996 before arriving at FSU. At Vanderbilt, she assisted Commodore Head Coach Geoff MacDonald in guiding the program to its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and a Top 10 ranking. She also has additional coaching experience on the private level, as a USTA Area Training Center coach and as a USTA inter-sectional and Zonal coach.
As a player for the Hurricanes, Gregory earned an amazing seven NCAA All-America honors for her singles and doubles play as well as a NCAA doubles championship in 1986 with teammate Ronni Reis. Together, the duo compiled an impressive 84-10 record over four years, while Miami was consistently ranked among the nation's Top Five. Gregory was named to Tennis Magazine’s All-Star team in both 1986 and 1987.
As a professional, Gregory won nine tournament titles in 16 finals appearances, including seven Virginia Slims doubles championships on the way to a career-high No. 18 world doubles ranking in 1990. She also won the singles at the $25,000 Challenger in Philadelphia in 1987. Perhaps the highlight of her professional career was a No. 18 world doubles ranking in 1990 when Gregory and partner Gretchen Magers were the fourth-ranked team in the world. In 1991, Gregory was a doubles quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, a Grand Slam event, as well as one of the top eight teams in the world that participated in the year-ending Virginia Slims Championship.
"Playing the tour was a great experience and in many ways it has helped me be a better coach," said Gregory. "I know I can help the team no matter what the situation."
The 2000-01 edition of the Florida State women's tennis team should be a familiar one as six of the eight team members are returnees from last year's squad.
“We basically have the same team back this year,” said Gregory. “We have so much depth. Everyone is capable of playing at the top of the line-up. It’s exciting because they are a great group of people who also happen to be very good tennis players.”
The Gregory File
* Named All-American seven times (three singles, four doubles) in four-year career at the University of Miami.
* NCAA doubles champion and ITCA National Indoor champion with a 29-0 record, 1986
* World ranked 18th in doubles (90)
* World ranked 4th as a doubles team in 1990
* World ranked 167th in singles (88)
* Won singles championship at the $25,000 Challenger in Philadelphia in 1987
* USTA Area Training Center Coach, 1995
* Nine professional doubles titles and seven finals appearances
* Florida Tennis Association U14 Zonal Coach, 1995
* Assistant Coach at Vanderbilt, 1996
* Florida Tennis Association U18 Inter-sectional Coach, 1997
* Florida Tennis Association U16 Inter-sectional Coach, 1998
* Golden Spear Club, founder
* University of Miami Hall of Fame Inductee, February 1999
* ACC Coach of the year, 1999