|Alma Mater:||Cal '99|
One of the most successful players in Cal women's tennis history, Amanda Augustus has quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with. In just her first year at the helm for the Golden Bears, Augustus led Cal further into postseason play than any previous squad had ever gone; finishing No. 3 in the final ITA rankings as the NCAA runner-up.
Now entering her ninth season in Berkeley, Augustus has already made a return trip to the NCAA final and produced numerous ITA All-Americans through eight years in charge at her alma mater. After another successful 2014-15 season, she claimed the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Coach of the Year award. Cal earned other ITA regional honors including Zack Warren’s Assistant Coach of the Year award, Zsofi Susanyi’s Senior Player of the Year honor, Klara Fabikova’s Player to Watch laurel and Karla Popovic’s Rookie of the Year nod.
The Cal alumna's 2014-15 squad produced six All-America honors through Maegan Manasse (singles & doubles), Susanyi (singles & doubles), Fabikova (doubles) and Denise Starr (doubles). Susanyi completed her Cal career in style as the senior paired with Fabikova to reach the NCAA Doubles Championship final before falling to the defending champions from Alabama. In the NCAA Singles Championship, Manasse and Susanyi forged their ways to the round of 16, while Fabikova and Starr fell in the singles round of 64.
The four Bears led the Cal team to the round of 16 in the NCAA team tournament. The Bears beat Bryant, 4-0, in the opening round of 64 and Mississippi State, 4-0, in the round of 32 in Berkeley, before losing to Stanford, in the round of 16 in Waco, Texas.
Augustus’ Bears collected several more accolades for the 2014-15 season, including nine All-America honors, six All-Pac-12 players and three Pac-12 All-Academic honors. Manasse finished the season ranked sixth in singles and with Starr ranked ninth in doubles. Fabikova – who was also the Pac-12 singles runner-up – ranked 23rd in singles and with Susanyi ranked seventh in doubles. Susanyi ranked 27th in singles and with singles and doubles All-America honors in her final college season. Starr garnered doubles All-America status and ended the season ranked 50th. Lynn Chi ranked 58th and Popovic ranked 88th in singles. The pair of Chi and Starr also ranked 57th in doubles.
Cal was also one of just two schools – including Stanford – that produced two top-10 doubles teams in the final poll of the 2014-15 season.
Speaking of the Cardinal, the Golden Bears defeated their rival twice in one season for the first time in school history. Cal also ranked No. 1 in the ITA Northwest Region – ahead of No. 2 Stanford – and produced the most players (6) in the region’s top-20 singles rankings and the most pairs (3) in the region’s top-10 doubles rankings to end 2015-16.
To cap the 2013-14 season, Augustus coached Lynn Chi to the 2014 NCAA singles final, led Cal to its first Pac-12 championship and to the NCAA round of 16, and garnered Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors for the 2013-14 season. Chi and senior Anett Schutting claimed ITA All-America singles honors in a banner year for the Bears.
In the 2012-13 season, Susanyi and Schutting earned ITA singles All-America honors. Under Augustus' guidance, Jana Juricova and Mari Andersson combined to claim the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championship. Juricova later captured Cal's first ITA National Indoor Championships singles title, and more recently became Cal's second NCAA singles champion. Juricova's impressive run in 2010-11 also made her the first Bear to garner the ITA's National Player of the Year Award, and the Honda Sports Award.
Augustus returned to her alma mater on July 20, 2007, to succeed her college coach, Jan Brogan, who announced her retirement, after 29 years at the helm. A four-time All-American at Cal from 1996-99, Augustus played professionally on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour for several years before turning her efforts to coaching. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native served as head men's and women's tennis coach at Whittier College from 2004-05 and was an assistant at Michigan in 2005-06, before being elevated to the head position for the 2006-07 season.
While overseeing the Wolverine program, Augustus guided the team to a 17-8 overall record, 8-2 in the Big Ten for third place. Michigan placed second at the Big Ten team championships and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, completing its season with a No. 22 national ranking.
As a player for the Bears, Augustus earned All-Pac-10 honors in each of her four years, including first-team recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior. She teamed with Amy Jensen to capture the NCAA doubles title in both 1998 and 1999 and became the first tandem ever to win back-to-back doubles championships. In addition, Augustus and Francesca La'o were NCAA doubles quarterfinalists in 1996.
Augustus also earned an invitation to play in the NCAA singles tournament each of her four years at Cal, reaching the quarterfinals as a junior in 1998. During her career, she was ranked as high as fourth nationally in singles.
As a senior, Augustus received the Cissy Leary Sportsmanship Award for the ITA Northwest Region, as well as the Gladys Heldman Award for her outstanding combination of athletics and academics. In 1998, she was selected as the Daily Californian's Female Athlete of the Year.
After graduating with her degree in economics and a minor in business administration, Augustus turned her attention to the WTA tour and successfully earned invitations to the main draw of all four Grand Slam events - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. She achieved world rankings of No. 82 in doubles and No. 304 in singles, and won 20 professional tournaments.