Amy Bryant is the fifth person and first female in NCAA history, in any division, to win the national team championship as a coach and player. She did the former in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 and the latter as the No. 1 singles and doubles player on Emory's 1996 national championship team.
Bryant, a former All-American, assumed the head coaching duties in 2000. In her 13 seasons, the Eagles have compiled a 254-68 record (.789 win percentage) with 12 appearances in the NCAA national quarterfinals and six appearances in the NCAA team championship finals.
She has coached her players to four NCAA Division III Singles Championships (Mary Ellen Gordon in 2003 and 2004, Lorne McManigle in 2009, and Gabrielle Clark in 2012) and a doubles pairing to four consecutive NCAA national titles (2001-04). Bryant's players have won a total of 65 all-America awards and eight conference Most Valuable Player honors.
Bryant was selected the national Division III Coach of the Year
by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2003, and the ITA
regional Division III Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004 and
2011. She and her assistants have been honored eight times as
the conference Coaching Staff of the Year by the University
Athletic Association, most recently in 2011.
After leading the squad to its fourth-consecutive top-three finish in 2012 and a 19-6 overall record, Bryant helped Clark become the first African American woman to win an NCAA Singles Championship at any Division (I, II or III). She also saw Clark and Zahra Dawson reach the finals of the doubles championship, marking the third-straight season an Emory pairing has finished second at the NCAA Tournament.
Bryant led her squad to a return to the NCAA Championship match in 2010, finishing the season with a record of 22-6 and reaching the 200-win plateau for her career with a 8-1 win over the College of New Jersey on March 8th. The following year, in 2011, Bryant's Eagles recorded a mark of 23-5 (the second-highest mark in the program's history) and finished third at the NCAA Championships.
In 2009, Bryant led the Eagles to a third-place finish in the nation and a 22-5 overall record, while coaching then-sophomore Lorne McManigle to a Division III singles championship. Between 2007 and 2009, the Eagles compiled a 52-24 overall record and won three UAA Championships.
Her 2006 squad became the first Division III team ever to win a fourth consecutive national championship. To claim the championship they had to avenge three losses suffered to teams in regular season play. In 2005, her team became the first Division III team ever to win a third consecutive national championship, accomplishing the feat despite replacing three players in the singles lineup with freshmen.
Her 2004 squad became the first to repeat as unofficial "triple crown" winners by capturing the NCAA team, singles and doubles championships. It was an all-Emory final in both the NCAA singles and doubles championships. The squad compiled a 24-1 dual-match record, losing only to the eventual NAIA national champion.
Her 2003 squad became the second in Division III women's tennis history to achieve the unofficial "triple crown" by winning the NCAA team, singles and doubles championships. The squad compiled a 24-1 dual-match record, losing only to an NCAA Division II school.
Her 2002 team advanced to the NCAA national finals and the 2001 squad finished third at the national championships.
Bryant, a 1996 Emory graduate, was the first women's tennis player in school history to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles. She was the runner-up in the NCAA national singles championship her junior season and teamed up to reach the semifinals of the NCAA doubles championship her senior year.
At the time of her graduation, Bryant ranked fifth on the school's all-time list with 76 career singles victories and fifth in career double victories with 66. She compiled a 24-4 singles record her junior season and was selected the conference's Most Valuable Player her senior year. All four years, Bryant made the all-conference first team in singles and doubles.
She also was a standout in soccer where she twice made the all-region team. Though Bryant only played three seasons of soccer, she graduated with the school record for career goals and points. She was a two-time female winner of the school's Bridges Award as its outstanding all-around athlete and won the McCord Award her junior year for outstanding individual athletic achievement.
Bryant was inducted into the Emory Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. She resides in the Atlanta area with her husband, Wes, and sons, Kimball and Miles.