Jason Stephens enters his fourth season as head coach of the women’s tennis team in 2018-19. In his third year at the helm, the Knights posted an 11-10 record and earned a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth, the program's ninth in the past decade. The team swept Penn State Berks, 5-0, in the opening round but were ousted by Middlebury in the second round for the second-consecutive season.
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
SUNYAC Coach of the Year
One of the top tennis professionals in Western New York, Stephens has also spent three years serving as Team USA Regional Junior Coach with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He takes the reins following the retirement of Jim Chen, who finished as the winningest coach in program history while guiding Geneseo to six SUNYAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in the last seven years.
Stephens has been the Director of Junior Tennis at Midtown Tennis Club in nearby Rochester for the past four years. Managing eight other professionals, he created and implemented Junior Development and High Performance Junior programs that have produced numerous nationally-ranked players. He is also the lead coach of the USTA Competition Training Center, working with the top players ages 10-14 from the Upstate New York Region.
In his role with the USTA, he has coached the top 12-and-under players from the New York and New Jersey Region while serving as the head coach for the National Boys and Girls 12s Eastern Section Zonal Team. Stephens also coaches the Boys and Girls 16s Zonal Team that regularly competes on a national level, including a first-place finish in 2012. Under his guidance, Webster-Schroeder’s Matt Gamble has won the last two New York State High School Championships as well.
Prior to coming to the Rochester area, Stephens spent nine years as the Tennis Professional at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago. Coaching several nationally-ranked open players and regional championship teams, he also guided some of the top high school players in Illinois, including seven state champions. Stephens also worked at the USTA Competition Training Center, coaching the top junior players ages 10-14 in the Midwest section.
From 1998-2002, Stephens served as a volunteer coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville for the Cougar men and women while also coaching the Edwardsville High School varsity and junior varsity program.
Stephens graduated from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology while playing number-one singles and doubles for the men’s tennis squad.
A USTA High Performance Certified coach, Stephens is also a United States Professional Tennis Association (USTPA) Elite Professional. He was named the USPTA Men’s Open Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and was also ranked number-one in the USTA Men’s Open Division Singles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Stephens and his wife, Marni, reside in Rochester with their daughter, Liliana.