Kelly Stahlhuth, the second women's tennis coach in WashU program history, enters her 14th season on the Danforth Campus in 2018-19.
Stahlhuth has led the Washington University women's tennis team to at least 11 wins in each of her 13 seasons on the Danforth Campus. Additionally, she has led the Bears to 11-consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, and 12 overall trips to the postseason. WashU has also made four NCAA Quarterfinal appearances.
In her 13 seasons, Stahlhuth has coached 11 individuals to 14 All-America accolades. Her teams have also excelled in the classroom, garnering ITA All-Academic Team honors (team GPA above 3.2) all 13 years. In addition, three individuals have earned Academic All-District honors, with Kate Klein (2013) and Jamie Silverberg (2015) being recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
In 2017-18, WashU posted a 13-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th-straight season. Stahlhuth was recognized as the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year, and the Bears were awarded the ITA Team Sportsmanship Award. Grace Deering and Ally Persky were named ITA All-Americans following a sixth-place finish at the ITA Oracle Cup.
WashU made its second-straight and fifth NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2016-17 and ended its season with a 14-11 record. Rebecca Ho and Kaylan Griffith earned All-America honors in doubles after winning the 2016 USTA/ITA Central Region Championship in the fall. The duo placed third at the ITA Oracle Cup.
Ho also earned All-America honors in singles after marching all the way to the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship match. Ho, the 2017 ITA National Senior Player of the Year, was the first women's tennis player in school history to play for a singles national title. Ho graduated as WashU's all-time wins' leader with a 191-58 career record.
In 2016-17, Stahlhuth led WashU to an 18-6 overall record. She was tabbed the 2015 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Women's Tennis National Coach of the Year, as well as the Central Region Coach of the Year. Stahlhuth's team was also honored with the ITA Team Sportsmanship Award at the 2015 ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championships.
Ho and Jamie Silverberg earned ITA All-America honors at doubles after finishing the 2014-15 season ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III. Ho added All-America honors in singles after winning the ITA Central Regional Singles Championship and finishing the season ranked No. 4 in DIII.
In 2013-14, Stahlhuth guided the Bears to their second consecutive NCAA Division III Quarterfinal appearance and third overall appearance in school history. WashU finished the season with a 19-6 record, the most wins in Stahlhuth's tenure and most wins for the program since 2003-04. The Bears ended the season ranked No. 8 in the final ITA Division III poll and No. 1 in the Central Region. It marked the highest final ranking in program history.
During the 2013-14 season, WashU also had three individuals - Silverberg (singles) and Ho and Corinne Rauck (doubles) - qualify for the NCAA Division III Individual Championships. Ho and Rauck ended the season as the No. 7-ranked doubles team nationally to earn All-America honors.
In 2012-13, WashU posted a 16-8 record, and ranked No. 12 in the final Division III rankings. In 2011-12, the Bears posted a 15-8 overall record and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round for the fifth straight season. The Bears finished third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) for the second year in a row, knocking off then-No. 4 Carnegie Mellon University, 5-4, in the third-place match.
On April 29, 2012, Stahlhuth picked up her 100th victory at the helm of the WashU program as the Bears swept Webster University at the Tao Tennis Center. Three student-athletes - Natalie Tingir (singles), Klein and Rauck (doubles) earned spots in the 2012 NCAA Individual Championships. Tingir finished the season ranked No. 14 in Division III women's singles, becoming the second student-athlete in Stahlhuth's tenure to earn ITA All-America honors.
In her first season with the Red and Green, Stahlhuth mentored WU to a 14-9 overall record and its seventh-straight trip the NCAA Tournament. The Bears also took third place at the UAA Championship in Atlanta, while Erin Fleming qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship in Santa Cruz, Calif. In addition, Carrie Preston became Stahlhuth's first ITA All-American after winning the 2005 ITA Central Regional Singles Championship in October.
Stahlhuth led the Bears to another above-.500 campaign in 2006-07, when they finished 11-10 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Her third season at the helm of the WU women's tennis program produced one of the most successful seasons in school history. Stahlhuth's squad posted a 17-6 overall record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears also placed third at the UAA Championship in St. Louis.
The 2009-10 campaign brought another NCAA Tournament berth and Stahlhuth's first trip to the NCAA Regional Championship. Additionally, Klein became the first player in school history to earn ITA Division III National Rookie of the Year honors while becoming the second student-athlete under Stahlhuth's tutelage to qualify for the NCAA Individual Championships. In 2010-11 the Bears posted a 16-6 overall record and finished third in the UAA for the first time since 2008.
Stahlhuth, who taught tennis professionally for 15 years, came to the Danforth Campus after serving as a professional tennis instructor at the Missouri Athletic Club West since 2003. She also had a stint there from 1995-97. Prior to her time at Missouri Athletic Club West, Stahlhuth served as a professional instructor at Town and Country Racquet Club from 1989-95.
A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Stahlhuth captained the Hoosiers during her junior and senior seasons. A two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and four-time all-conference selection, Stahlhuth earned doubles All-America accolades in 1987 and 1989. For her efforts, she was also inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
Stahlhuth graduated from Indiana in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in business (accounting). She earned a master of arts in management and leadership from Webster University in 2009. Stahlhuth and her husband, Bruce, have two sons - Thomas (23) and Ethan (21).
- 199-100 (.666) record in 13 seasons at WashU
- 12 NCAA Tournament Appearances (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- 2015 Wilson/ITA Division III National Coach of the Year
- 2015, 2018 Wilson/ITA Central Region Coach of the Year
- 2017 NCAA Singles Runner-Up (Rebecca Ho)
- 2017 ITA National Senior Player of the Year (Rebecca Ho)
- 14 All-Americans
- Two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans® - Kate Klein (2013), Jamie Silverberg (2015)
- One Fulbright Scholar - Kate Lee (2018)
- Inducted into Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame in 2002
Updated August 1, 2018