Jan Brogan has molded the Golden Bear program into one of the best in the country, guiding the Bears to 25 NCAA appearances, three AIAW showings, including a trip to the finals in 1982, and 18 Top 10 finishes since 1982. Last season, Brogan guided Susie Babos to the NCAA singles championship and Zsuzsanna Fodor to the Pac-10 singles title. She has also produced four national champion doubles teams, 58 All-Americans, 17 first-team All-Pac-10 selections and five conference player of the year honorees during her career. The fifth Pac-10 Player of the Year under Brogan was Fodor, who earned the award last season. She currently boasts a 518-213 (.709) dual match record, and notched her 500th career win in 2005 when Cal defeated Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Brogan is just the fourth Cal coach to reach the 500 win plateau and the winningest coach in Cal tennis history.
Known for developing players mentally, physically and technically, Brogan implements an applied sports psychology program with her athletes, stressing mental toughness and team culture. Her holistic educational coaching philosophy has guided the program to the highest graduation rate among sports teams at Cal, and one of the highest team GPAs on campus. Although thorough in all aspects of player development, Brogan is known to have expertise as a doubles specialist. She has coached four NCAA doubles champions during her years with the Golden Bears, including back-to-back championships (1998-99) with the doubles tandem of Amanda Augustus and former associate head coach Amy Jensen and 2002-03 pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano.
Recently, the Cal program under Brogan has made strides in singles, specifically with the success of Raquel Kops-Jones and Susie Babos. As a singles player in 2004, Kops-Jones spent much of the year ranked No. 1 in the nation, as well as being named Pac-10 Player of the Year and ITA Senior Player of the Year. Babos won the 2006 NCAA singles title and was an All-American last year. She entered the 2005 fall season ranked No. 2 in the nation and was awarded the 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and ITA Regional Rookie of the Year for the Northwest region.
Another recent success for Brogan was the signing of Nina Henkel. Henkel came to Cal hyped as one of its biggest recruits. This fall, she didn't disappoint, winning the ITA Northwest Regional singles title and defeating No. 3 Theresa Logar of Stanford in the semifinals. Brogan herself has received an impressive list of accolades. Her dedication to excellence earned her the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year award in 1990 and three ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year honors in 1988, 1991 and 1993. She has also been named conference coach of the year eight times during her career, six consecutive years from 1982-1987 ('82-86 NorPac, '87 Pac-10) and twice more in 1992 and '94 (Pac-10).
A successful teaching professional in Los Gatos before taking Cal's head coaching job in 1978, Brogan has been a member of the ITA Board of Directors, ITA Operating Committee, NCAA Championship Tennis Committee and is the co-chair of the ITA Sport Science Committee. A former USTA junior national coach, Brogan received her first U.S. National team assignment in 1985 and in 1995 as the U.S. women's head coach at the World University Games.
Brogan is a Bay Area native. A graduate of San Jose State University in physical education, she completed her teaching credential in 1978. In 1998 she completed a masters degree in sports psychology at John F. Kennedy University. She teaches an applied sports psychology and life skills class for student-athletes at Cal.