Sarah Summerfield, Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Athletic Director and tennis head coach, was selected as the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State/National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8 Women’s Coach of the Year.
Under Summerfield and assistant coach Chris Nyholm, the Lady Hawks completed an undefeated season 6-0 and became the NJCAA Region 8 State Champions last month at Sanlando Park, Orlando. Summerfield received her award following the title run.
“I am honored to be selected as this year’s FCSAA Coach of the Year, representing Hillsborough Community College at the state level,” Summerfield said, in a release. “Coaching this team of hard-working women has been an honor and very rewarding.”
Summerfield played at Division I University of Wyoming, where she earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2007 and 2009.
She began her coaching career as head women’s tennis coach at Saint Leo University, leading that program to a No. 3 national ranking and No. 2 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Summerfield went on become an assistant coach at Colgate University for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams before joining HCC in 2017.
Summerfield’s Lady Hawks practice and compete at the Tejas Pradip Patel HCC Tennis Center, on the college’s Dale Mabry campus.
The team has since advanced to Mesa, Arizona, for the National Championship, which began May 1.