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Tracy Coutts

Class of 1992

Tracy was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. Her citation is copied below:

Tracy Peel Coutts matriculated to Washington College from Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1988. During the next four years she performed at the number one position on the women’s tennis team. Those close to the program consider Tracy the most outstanding women’s tennis player to ever represent the College.

The period from 1989 to 1992 were four of the most productive years for Washington College women’s tennis, which finally had became truly competitive. The 53 wins in 77 contests certainly indicated that the women’s program had reached the high level of competition demonstrated earlier by the men’s program. The women’s team made collegiate history in 1991 by being the only women’s varsity program to be a Middle Atlantic Conference champion. That year also marked the first time Women’s Tennis achieved a national ranking by finishing their season as 12th in all of Division III. In 1992 that same team qualified and competed in the NCAA national tournament. Since that time, Washington College has become an annual contender for the women’s Centennial Conference team and individual championships, and continues to gain recognition on the national level.

Tracy Peel Coutts was the leader of a group of women who came to believe that they could compete with any tennis team on the Washington College schedule.

Overall, Tracy was a four-time All-American selection in both singles and doubles, a NCAA singles finalist, twice a singles semi-finalist, a NCAA doubles semi-finalist, a National Rolex finalist, a regional Rolex singles and doubles champion, a Middle Atlantic Conference doubles champion, and achieved a personal high national ranking of #2. She served as co-captain of the women’s team in her senior year and was elected two times as their Most Valuable Player. At graduation, she was selected to receive the Bo Blanchard Sportsmanship and the Senior Athletic awards.

After graduation, Tracy returned to her home in South Africa. She was married six years ago, and three years later returned to the United States to make this her home. She is mother to three-year-old daughter Hannah. After a ten-year hiatus, she has once again taken up the sport of tennis and is playing in a USTA league. Previously employed by the Heritage Financial Consultants as a sales manager in national telemarketing, Tracy and her family will soon be moving to San Diego, California.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Tracy Peel Coutts into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 5th day of October 2002.