Twice named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year, Edward “Ed” Hegmann (b. 1943) has mentored student-athletes at the University of Mary Washington for more than three decades. A three-sport high school athlete in Pittsburgh, Hegmann briefly considered a career in professional baseball. He put down his glove and picked up his old tennis racket after college and military service, taking on his first coaching job as a graduate student. After earning his Ed.D. at Temple University, Hegmann began his distinguished career at UMW in 1976. As UMW women’s tennis coach, Hegmann guided his Eagles players to three national collegiate titles and nine straight conference titles over 23 years. Dedicated to serving the sport, he directed the ITA and NCAA southeast regional tournaments for 20 years and hosted three NCAA Division III national men’s and women’s tournaments at UMW. During his tenure as UMW athletic director, Hegmann grew the program from six to 23 varsity sports. In 2010, he was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as a winner of the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award.

Career Highlights

  • B.S., Bucknell University 1965; M.S., Springfield College 1970; Ed.D., Temple University 1973
  • Girls’ Tennis Coach, Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, Ohio 1974–76 (32–5 record)
  • Women’s Tennis Coach, University of Mary Washington (UMW) 1976–99 (374–152 record)
  • Coached AIAW National Championship Team 1982; NCAA Division III Championship Teams 1988, 1991
  • NCAA Division III National Tennis Coach of the Year 1988, 1999
  • 14 Teams, 25 Singles Players and 20 Doubles Teams invited to the NCAA Championships
  • 9 Consecutive Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships 1991–99
  • 8–Time CAC Coach of the Year
  • 3 Teams inducted into the UMW Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Coached 18 All-American Players; 10 CAC Conference Players of the Year
  • Coached National Senior Player of the Year Christy Copper 1991
  • 14 years as Director of ITA Southeast Regional Tennis Tournament
  • 6 years as Director of NCAA Southeast Regional Tennis Tournament
  • 11 years on the NCAA Regional and National Tennis Committees
  • 8 years on the ITCA and ITA Ranking Committees
  • 7 years as Director of the CAC Conference Championship
  • Director of Athletics, UMW 1976-present; program grew from 6 women’s varsity sports to 23 men’s and women’s sports, 22 advancing to national postseason competition
  • Inducted into the UMW Athletic Hall of Fame 1999
  • Planned and oversaw construction of UMW’s Battleground Athletic Complex, Indoor/ Outdoor Tennis Complex, 2,000-seat William M. Anderson Arena
  • Tournament Director and Host, NCAA Division III Women’s and Men’s Tennis Championships 2006, 2007, 2010
  • Named NACDA Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year 2010