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February 8, 2013

Ditty new assistant at Middle Tennessee

ASHLAND — Former Vanderbilt University great Julie Ditty is back in Tennessee for a new college tennis experience.

This time, it’s as assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

The Ashland native replaced Gui Jasmin who left the program earlier this year.

Prior to accepting the position, Ditty spent seven months as the assistant tennis professional at Ritter Park Tennis Center in Huntington.

A former women’s pro tour player for 10 years, Ditty began her new job in January.

“I am thrilled to have Julie come on board with our program,” MTSU head coach Shelley Godwin said. “The experience and insight she has about the game is going to be invaluable in helping move our program forward. She has made an immediate impact, and I look forward to that continuing throughout her time here.”

Ditty, 34, enjoyed record-breaking careers on both the collegiate and professional levels.

While playing at Vanderbilt from 1997-2001, she set several Commodore records on the way to winning multiple All-American and All-Southeastern Conference awards. In 1999, Ditty was named Tennessee Amateur Female Athlete of the Year.

As a pro player, she competed in all four Grand Slam tournaments and attained world rankings of 65th in doubles and 89th in singles.

Ditty also became record holder for most singles and doubles championships on the USTA Pro Circuit with 32. She played on the 2009 U.S. Federation Cup team as well as three different World Team Tennis franchises.   

Ditty was enshrined into the Kentucky Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and entered the Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame the following year.

Two more major Hall of Fames await her in the coming months. Ditty will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association HOF on April 13, followed by the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame on June 13.

Middle Tennessee returned four players this season after finishing 15-7 in Godwin’s first year as head coach.

ROCKY STANLEY can be reached at rstanley@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2671. 

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