Entering his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Charlotte women’s tennis team in 2013-14 is Jesse Tarr. Tarr also serves as the 49ers’ men’s tennis assistant coach, a post with which he also began during the summer of 2010.
He has played an integral role in both programs during his tenure, guiding both teams through injuries this past year in their final campaigns as Atlantic 10 members to a quarterfinal berth for the women and semifinal appearance for the men at the league tournament.
Tarr was instrumental in helping lead them to the third-best combined winning percentage in school history in 2011-12. Both teams 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 classes in 2011 and 2013 have been listed at No. 21 and receiving votes, respectively, while the men’s 2011 group garnered a No. 6 ranking.
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, which was ranked No. 6 for 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, 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, Va., 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 university’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.