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, 2006, 2014 and 2016 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 20 seasons, the Eagles have compiled a 402-100 record (.801 win percentage) with 19 appearances in the NCAA national quarterfinals and 12 appearances in the NCAA team championship finals.
She has coached her players to six NCAA Division III Singles Championships (Mary Ellen Gordon in 2003 and 2004, Lorne McManigle in 2009, Gabrielle Clark in 2012 and 2014 and Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico in 2019) and a doubles pairing to four consecutive NCAA national titles (2001-04). Bryant's players have won a total of 89 All-America awards and 13 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, 2011 and 2016. She and her assistants have been honored 13 times as the conference Coaching Staff of the Year by the University Athletic Association, most recently in 2018.
During the 2019 season, Bryant and her Eagles advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the 11th consecutive season and 20th time overall before bowing out to eventual national champion Wesleyan (CT), 5-4. At the NCAA Individual Championships, Bryant oversaw the program's sixth singles national champion as Gonzalez-Rico completed her dominating run through the Division III field, culminating with a straight set win over Wesleyan's Venia Yeung in the championship match. In addition, Bryant reached the 400-win milestone in the Eagles' second round match, a 5-0 decision over North Carolina Wesleyan. The Eagles finished the 2019 season with a 20-4 overall record, the team's 10th 20-win campaign during Bryant's tenure, and captured the UAA Championship for the seventh consecutive year.
She led Emory to its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship match in 2018, falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scrips, 5-4, in a hard fought title match. Bryant saw three players selected to the NCAA Individual Championships field with senior Bridget Harding and freshman Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico advancing to the semifinal round in the doubles competition. Earlier in the season, she captured the program's sixth straight and 29th overall UAA title and was named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the 13th time.
In 2016, Bryant guided the Eagles to their seventh National Championship in program history and the second in three years, defeating Williams College 5-4 in title match. Emory finished the season with 28 victories, tying the school record for most wins in a single season, going 28-5 overall with a 22-1 mark against Division III opponents. Bryant and the Eagles captured the UAA Championship as well in 2016, marking the fourth straight conference championship for the team and the 27th in the last 29 seasons. She oversaw four players garner All-American status for the second straight season and three selected to the NCAA Individual Championships with Bridget Harding making a quarterfinals appearance in the singles draw and Harding and Katarina Su reaching the quarterfinals in doubles competition.
Following the program's sixth National Championship in 2014, she led Emory to the National Championship match for the third straight season and 10th time in program history in 2015. Bryant led the Eagles to 20 victories for the second straight year (20-4 overall) and claimed the team's 26th UAA title in the last 28 years. Four players earned All-America status during the season and two players participated in the individual NCAA Championships with Michelle Satterfield advancing to the semi-finals. Satterfield and Anna Fuhr reached the Round of 16 in the doubles competition.
Bryant led the Eagles to the program's sixth NCAA Division III Championship in 2014, claiming her 300th career victory in the title match with a 5-1 win over Amherst College on May 21st. Later in the week, she helped coach Gabrielle Clark to her second NCAA D-III Singles Title. Emory set a program record with 28 victories during the season, while dropping just two matches, both to top-five ranked NCAA Division II schools. The championship came a year after she coached the team to a National Runner-Up finish at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2013.
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.