Jeff Maren has been the head coach of the Liberty women's tennis program since the summer of 2012 and has built a highly successful program since his arrival. Maren is a two-time conference coach of the year, earning Big South Coach of the Year honors in 2016 and ASUN Coach of the Year recognition in 2019.
During his first seven seasons at Liberty, Maren holds a 105-63 overall record, including a 42-10 Big South mark and 6-1 ASUN record. Under Maren's guidance, Liberty reached the semifinals or finals of the conference tournament in each of his first seven seasons (six times in Big South, once in ASUN), including two championship match appearances (2016, 2018).
In spring 2019, Maren led the Lady Flames to a 15-7 overall mark and 6-1 record in the ASUN in their year in the conference. He earned his 100th career victory on March 30, a 4-3 triumph over Lipscomb at home. Liberty claimed a share of the ASUN regular-season crown and earned the No. 1 seed for the ASUN Women's Tennis Championship. Maren instructed ASUN All-Conference first team member Kalani Soli and All-Freshmen team honoree Alexandra Almborg.
In spring 2018, Maren guided Liberty to an 18-9 overall mark and a 7-1 record in the Big South. The Lady Flames placed a program-record seven players (Maria Medina, Lara Soares, Ashley Bongart, Rebekah Anderson, Grace Hashiguchi, Evangeline Crist and Anna Dollar) on Big South All-Conference teams. The 18 wins by Liberty were the second most in a season in school history.
In spring 2017, Maren guided Liberty to a 7-1 record in Big South play, allowing the Lady Flames to share the conference crown for a second consecutive year.
In spring 2016, Maren led the Lady Flames to the finals of the Big South Women's Tennis Championship for the first time. The team's eight Big South wins set a new single-season program record. Liberty shared the regular season Big South title for the first time since 2011 and second time in program history. Maren was named the 2016 Big South Coach of the Year.
The Liberty women's tennis program also hosted the ITA Atlantic Regional for the first time in program history in October of 2015 and hosted it again in October of 2018. The program also hosted the Big South Women's Tennis Championship in April of 2016.
During the 2015 spring season, Maren led the Lady Flames to 19 victories, setting a new single-season program record. The team also won seven conference matches for the second consecutive season.
Under Maren's tutelage, Liberty has seen 11 Big South All-Conference singles honorees, six Big South All-Conference doubles teams, three Big South doubles flight winners, eight VaSID first team doubles honorees, four VaSID second team doubles honorees and one VaSID second team singles honoree.
On March 4, 2014, Maren's squad earned Liberty's first ever ITA National ranking, coming in at No. 74.
Maren has also fostered academic success for the Liberty women's tennis program. The team currently has the third-highest cumulative GPA among Liberty's 20 NCAA Division I programs. Additionally, the Lady Flames were tabbed an ITA All-Academic team for the sixth straight year in 2018. Maren had five players on the 2018 ITA Scholar-Athlete team.
Maren has also had three players, Brittany Yang, Evangeline Crist and Emily Groeneveld, on the Big South All-Academic team and two players, Ashley Bongart and Lara Soares, on the ASUN All-Academic team. Yang made the team in 2013, 2014 and 2015, while Crist earned the honor as a sophomore in 2016 and as a senior in 2018. Groeneveld garnered the distinction in 2017. Bongart and Soares both received the recognition as seniors in 2019.
Maren came to Liberty after six successful seasons as associate head coach of the women's tennis program at North Texas, where he helped the Mean Green transition from a 2-19 program in 2007 to win a pair of Sun Belt Conference championships (2010 and 2012).
During his first three seasons at North Texas, Maren served as assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach of the program for the last three seasons.
Following an 11-win improvement during his first season with the program, North Texas finished the 2008 season ranked No. 13 in the final ITA Southwest Region rankings. The Mean Green continued to improve the following season, posting a 17-6 record while making a run to the Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinals in 2009.
In 2010, North Texas captured its first-ever Sun Belt Conference title, upending No. 49 Florida International, 4-3, in the conference's title match. Following another conference semifinal run in 2011, North Texas claimed its second Sun Belt title and NCAA Women's Tennis Championship berth with a 4-2 win over Florida International in 2012.
During his last five seasons at North Texas, Maren helped the Mean Green post a 75-41 record and gain a national ranking as high as No. 40 during the early part of the 2012 spring season.
Maren helped coach four all-conference women's tennis players and two nationally ranked players at North Texas, along with adding a combined 38 nationally ranked opponents to North Texas' schedule during his six seasons with the program.
North Texas' success was not limited to the court during Maren's time with the program, as the Mean Green finished five out of six seasons with ITA All-Academic team honors.
Prior to his days at North Texas, Maren taught and managed tennis clubs in Kentucky for nearly two decades, along with beginning a pair of collegiate tennis programs at Brescia University (men's, 1991) and his alma mater Thomas More College (women's, 1988). Maren led Brescia University to a 44-38 record over five seasons, coaching three all-conference athletes and two NAIA national qualifiers at the Owensboro, Ky., school. Maren helped Thomas More College to a 19-17 record in his three years at the NCAA Division II program in Crestview Hills, Ky., coaching three all-conference players during the program's earliest years.
Maren's professional instructing career spans three different clubs during a 17-year timeline. He was the Director of Tennis at Owensboro County Club (1991-95), the Director of Tennis and Fitness at the Executive Racquet Club in Owensboro, Ky. (1991-95) and the Director of Tennis and Fitness at the Country Club of Paducah in Paducah, Ky. (1998-06).
At each club, Maren instructed between 150 and 200 members and was named the "Kentucky Pro of the Year" by the USTA in 2005. Maren has been a United States Professional Tennis Association certified instruction since 1997.
Maren is a 1989 graduate of Thomas More College, where he received an associate's degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in business administration.
During his days at Thomas More as a player, Maren posted an 81-20 singles record at the No. 1 position and qualified for the NAIA national championships all four years (1985-89). He was a three-time district champion in both singles and doubles and was nationally ranked as a senior. Maren was honored in 2010 when he was inducted into the Thomas More Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduation, Maren continued to play in open and professional events and was ranked nationally as high as No. 23 in 2002 in the men's 35 and over singles grouping. He continues to play competitively on a yearly basis.
Maren and his wife, Julie, have one son, Zachary.
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