Claire Carter, a former four-time Husky All-American, begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Washington women's tennis program. Carter, who helped UW reach new heights during her playing career, returns to her alma mater for her first collegiate coaching position.
Carter was reunited with Jill Hultquist, her former coach, who was UW's assistant during her freshman and sophomore seasons. A 2004 Washington graduate, Carter is arguably the most decorated product of the Husky tennis program earning more All-America honors (four) than any other player and owning school records for singles wins in a season (32) and career doubles victories (93).
"I'm very excited to be back," Carter said at the time of her hiring. "I'm looking forward to working with Jill and being apart of the Husky family again. I'm also looking forward to the challenge of being an assistant coach and bringing the team back into the Top-10."
Carter was a three-time All-American in doubles (2002, 2003, 2004), while also earning singles honors in 2001. She was a four-time selection to the All-Pac-10 team, including a pair of second-team selections (2001, 2004). Carter was a three-time NCAA doubles competitor and twice advanced as far as the NCAA quarterfinals with Darija Klaic in 2002 and with Dea Sumantri in 2004. As just a freshman, Carter advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2001 NCAA Singles Championship.
Not only a standout individual, Carter played a large role in leading the UW team to a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2001 and 2004. In fact, the Huskies reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in three of her four seasons. Until Washington's run to the quarterfinals in 2001, Husky women's tennis had not won a postseason match.
Carter, native of Nottingham, England, finished her career with a singles record of 91-51 (second all-time) and a doubles record of 93-59 (first all-time). Since graduating in 2004, Carter coached at tennis camps, gave private lessons and taught at a tennis club in California. She is married to UW graduate Dan Hardman.