Jesse Medvene-Collins enters his fourth season at William and Mary and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2014-15 campaign. He has helped lead the program to two CAA Championships and earned ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2015.
Over his three seasons, the program has reached a number of milestones. Medvene-Collins has coached two CAA Players of the Year, a CAA Rookie of the Year, 11 ITA Scholar-Athletes, 10 All-CAA singles players and five All-CAA pairs in doubles at W&M. The Green and Gold own a mark of 37-28 in his three seasons on staff.
After helping the Tribe to its 23rd league championship in 2014-15, he was named the ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year. W&M compiled a 16-7 mark during the year and finish ranked No. 49 nationally. The Green and Gold took home both the CAA Player (Leeza Nemchinov) and Rookie (Olivia Thaler) of the Year awards to go along with five players earning some form a All-CAA honor. For the second time in his three seasons, the Tribe had both a singles player (Nemchinov) and a doubles team (Nemchinov and Jeltje Loomans) compete in the NCAA Individual Championships. Loomans went on to earn both the ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year and the region’s Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
In 2012-13, Medvene-Collins helped guide W&M to a 17-6 record, including impressive regular season wins over No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 30 South Carolina. The Tribe captured the CAA title with a 4-0 win over UNCW in Williamsburg on April 21 to cement the program's 19th NCAA Tournament appearance. During Medvene-Collins' first season, W&M produced five All-CAA players, including three first-team singles players, two first-team doubles teams as well as the CAA Player and Rookie of the Year. W&M also sent both a singles player and a doubles team to the 2013 NCAA Individual Championships.
Medvene-Collins possesses more than 10 years of collegiate tennis coaching experience, including assistant stops at Dartmouth, Wake Forest, Redlands and Iowa prior to coming to Williamsburg. Medvene-Collins spent the two seasons under the direction of Katie Dougherty in the Big Ten at the University of Iowa before joining the Tribe staff.
His responsibilities at Iowa included assisting with recruiting, budget oversight, player development, practice management, match scheduling, fund-raising and team travel. During the 2012 season, Iowa was ranked as high as No. 58 nationally and earned upset wins over No. 36 DePaul and No. 48 Penn State. The Hawkeyes finished the 2012 campaign at No. 10 in the ITA Central Region. In 2011, Medvene-Collins assisted in the recruitment of the No. 18 class in the country to Iowa. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, he also assisted with the development of four-time All-Big Ten selection Sonja Molnar, who was a unanimous all-league choice in 2011 and 2012. She was ranked as high as No. 96 in 2011 and No. 66 in 2012. He also saw an Iowa doubles team reach the NCAA Doubles Championship event for just the fourth time in 2011.
In 2012, he was named the Intersectional coach for the Missouri Valley Section Team at the USTA National Team Boys 18 Championships. Medvene-Collins achieved Level 1 certification in the RPT Europe Spanish Player Development Course in 2012. He is also a USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) Teaching Professional.
Prior to his time in Iowa City, Medvene-Collins was the head women's tennis coach at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. He led the Cyclones to a victory over the No. 7-ranked team in the West Region during his lone season, marking the highest-ranked win in program history.
A native of Washington D.C., Medvene-Collins started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant with stops at Dartmouth (2003-05), Wake Forest (2005-07) and his alma mater the University of Redlands (2007-09). During his two seasons at Dartmouth, he helped the Big Green to an overall record of 26-16 and national rankings of No. 71 in 2004 and No. 65 in 2005. He also assisted in the development of a top-100 nationally-ranked singles player in Jayme Ahmend, a two-time first-team All-Ivy League selection. In 2005, Dartmouth earned an ITA All-Academic team award, compiling a cumulative grade point average above 3.2.
While serving as an assistant coach for the Demon Deacons, he helped guide Wake Forest to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007 to go along with national top 25 rankings. After being ranked as high as No. 14 nationally in 2006, the Deacs finished the year at No. 22, before capping off the 2007 campaign at No. 20 nationally. He assisted with the development of 2006 NCAA Singles Championship participant Alex Hirsch, who finished the year ranked No. 43 nationally. Wake Forest had three nationally ranked singles players and two nationally ranked doubles teams at the conclusion of the 2007 season.
As an assistant at Redlands, he helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back conference championships in 2008 and 2009. Redlands was ranked among the top 25 nationally in Division III during his tenure and finished the 2009 campaign with a program-best national ranking of No. 8. During his time with the Bulldogs, he assisted in the development of three nationally ranked players.
Medvene-Collins earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Redlands in 2002 before returning to earn his master's degree in higher education in 2009. As a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, he earned all-conference honors during each of his final three seasons. The Bulldogs participated in the NCAA Division III Tournament during each of his four seasons and finished his sophomore campaign at No. 4 nationally.