Kimberly Jones has excelled as a player, coach and instructor throughout her association with tennis. The former touring professional draws from her broad background in her role as head tennis coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Jones took over the UC program in August, 2003. Her first three teams endured ups and downs and fought through injuries to compile a 13-47 record. Now in her first season with all players she recruited, Jones has established a foundation upon which to build her Bearcat program.
Jones was a two-time NCAA All-American at San Diego State in 1977 and 1978. A year later she began an eight-year playing career on the Women's Tennis Association Tour. Among her accomplishments on the WTA, Jones captured the U.S. National Indoor Championship in 1983, defeating three top-10 ranked players en route to the title. She was also a member of the U.S. Open Final Eight Club which honors players who reach the final eight of the U.S. Open during their careers.
Jones was ranked as high as No. 25 in the world. She played in the U.S. Open seven times, made five appearances at Wimbledon and three at each of the French and Austrailian Opens, competing against Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Pam Shriver, Hana Mandlikova and other top five-rated players of the era. She served as vice president of the WTA in 1984-85 and served on the Association's board for four years.
Jones also played three seasons of World Team Tennis (1983-85).
She left the tour in 1987 to become a mother and a private tennis coach in Great Falls, Va., and served as tennis coach at Langley High in Northern Virginia for three seasons. She also continued to play competitively and was ranked No. 1 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Region's women's open division in 1990-91.
Jones moved to Cincinnati in 2000 and became a teaching professional at the Queen City Racquet Club. She returned to coaching by serving as head coach at Mt. Notre Dame High in 2001 and Walnut Hills High in 2002.
Jones is a graduate of the exclusive U.S. Tennis Association's High Performance Coaching Program. Her brother, Kelly Jones, coaches professional tennis players.
She is the mother of three children, Steven (20), Kerri (19) and Lindsay (14).