Jesse Tarr enters his sixth season in 2015-16 as an assistant coach with both the Charlotte 49ers women’s and men’s tennis teams.
He has played an integral role in both programs during his tenure. The men’s program amassed an 18-4 mark last season, one of its best in school history, while winning a school-record 13 matches-in-a-row. Four different 49ers were honored as All-Conference USA selections.
The women’s team in 2014-15 doubled its win total from the previous campaign against a schedule that featured five nationally-ranked opponents. Charlotte tallied a 10-2 record at home, its best since the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex opened, and advanced to the Conference USA Championships Quarterfinals behind a stacked lineup.
Both programs ended up in the ITA Carolina Regional rankings, marking only the third such listing for the women’s program in school history.
In 2013-14, he coached Macy Vonderschmidt to an All-Conference USA Second Team Singles honor as a freshman. He also played an integral role in helping the 49ers’ men’s tennis program earn its first ITA national ranking since 2002.
Tarr helped lead the two programs to the third-best combined winning percentage in school history in 2011-12. Both squads earned byes at the Atlantic 10 Championships that season, including the women as the No. 2 seed and a top seed for the men’s program.
He has been instrumental in helping both programs secure signees that have drawn notoriety on tennisrecruiting.net. Among the top mid-major classes, the 49ers’ women’s signees in 2011 and 2013 were listed at No. 21 and receiving votes, respectively, while the men’s 2011 group garnered a No. 6 ranking.
Most recently, in 2015, both programs continued to bring in solid recruiting classes according to the website. The women’s team was listed at No. 12 in the mid-major rankings, while the men’s squad received votes in the national rankings, while also holding the No. 12 spot in the mid-major rankings.
In addition to the success on the court, Tarr has pushed the Charlotte women’s program to even greater achievements in the classroom. During the Spring 2014 term, the team earned a combined team GPA of 3.68, the highest by any athletic program in school history for a semester. The women’s program had also been honored by the NCAA six-straight years, through 2013-14, as one of its Public Recognition Award recipients for having a perfect 1000 APR score. The run of half-dozen years marks the longest streak by any Niners’ athletic program.
He came to Charlotte after a one-year stint as an assistant men’s coach at William & Mary. The Tribe tied the school record with 20 dual match victories on 2010 and clinched the No. 1 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association for the first time in school history. Five W&M players garnered All-CAA honors, the most in program history as the school reached as high as No. 53 in the national poll before finishing among the Top 75.
Tarr served as the recruiting coordinator for the program, whose recruiting class was ranked sixth in the top mid-major classes and received votes for top recruiting class on tennisrecruiting.net. The Tribe had a doubles pair reach as high No. 19 in the national rankings on its way to qualifying for the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships and the NCAA Championships.
He started his coaching career in 2008-09 as a volunteer assistant at Boise State University, which finished No. 20 in the final men’s rankings and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 following a 24-9 campaign. Five Broncos earned All-Western Athletic Conference accolades, while Boise State also had the league’s player and freshman of the year.
Tarr, a Midlothian, Virginia, native played collegiately at James Madison, where he was a four-year starter for the Dukes. He amassed 110 total victories during his career, collecting five All-CAA plaudits (four in doubles, one in singles).
He was a finalist for the Athletic Department’s Athlete of the Year award as a senior and entered the ITA Mideast Region rankings at No. 15 in doubles play with partner Mike Smith during his junior season. The tandem started its senior year with a No. 46 national preseason listing in 2007-08.
He was tabbed a 2006 ITA Scholar Athlete and garnered the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award in 2006 and 2008. He also was active with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council all four years.
While a student at James Madison, Tarr started the “Day with the Dukes” event as a way to give back to the community. Each year, Special Olympics athletes interact with a variety of Dukes athletes from different sports for a fun day on campus, including a home football game. Participants receive a tailgate lunch, have the opportunity to interact with football players at Bridgeforth Stadium, attend clinics with the basketball and soccer teams and one is chosen to flip the pregame coin at the football game. Approximately 60 athletes attend the Day with the Dukes each year, a program that continues after his graduation. The psychology pear advisory group provides one-on-one buddies for the day.Tarr received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in athletic coaching from James Madison in 2008.