Record at Tufts: 104-73 (9 seasons through 2013-14)
Head Coach Kate Bayard is currently in her 10th year as head coach at Tufts and her 19th year in coaching. Bayard is a two-time NESCAC coach of the year (2009 & 2011) and was named regional ITA coach of the year (2010) and USTA coach of the year (2010).
Bayard has coached her players to three national titles (singles NCAA national title in 2010; doubles ITA national titles in 2008 & 2009) and to All-American status 10 times. The team was recognized as an ITA national sportsmanship team award winner (2010). Every year Bayard has coached at Tufts, her teams have qualified for the NCAA team championships. After winning the 2011 regional NCAA championships, the team advanced to the national NCAA quarterfinals and was ranked #5 nationally.
During Bayard's time as a coach, four Tufts players have been named NESCAC Senior Sportswoman of the Year, and two Tufts players have won the ITA National Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
Bayard began her coaching career in 1996 as the assistant women's coach at Yale, followed by head coaching jobs at Wellesley College and Dartmouth College. She was a teaching pro at Longwood Cricket Club, then Dedham Country & Polo Club, where she was head pro in the summer.
Bayard played her college tennis at Division I Harvard University, where she earned First Team All-Ivy honors four times. She was Ivy League Rookie of the year during her freshman year while playing #1 singles and #1 doubles for the Crimson. Bayard captained two Ivy League championship teams for the Crimson, a team that was ranked as high as #15 nationally in Division I.
Prior to college, Bayard was ranked nationally as high as #3 in doubles and #26 in singles in the USTA final rankings. She won the USTA National Sportsmanship Award in the girls 16's. Bayard also earned Mass State All-Star soccer honors & Eastern Mass All-star soccer honors while captaining her high school soccer team.
Formerly Kate Roiter, Coach Bayard lives in Medford with her husband Jeff and daughters Hazel and Pearl.