Jamie Aid’s first three years as head coach of the Lipscomb women’s tennis team have been filled with a number of firsts for her team.
The last three seasons the Lady Bisons have qualified for the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The past two seasons they have advanced to the semifinals. She approaches year four with a goal of continuing to reach new levels of success.
In 2016 the Lady Bisons were 14-8, 3-3 in the conference. The 14 wins were the most in the history of the program in a season in the NCAA era.
Three players earned All-ASUN honors. Laura Kent was named to the first team, while Kate Kandyba earned a nod to the All-Freshman Team.
Aid, in her fourth year as head coach, joined the program in 2010 as an assistant and was named head coach prior to the start of the 2013-2014 season.
In 2015 the Lady Bisons were 13-10. Kent was named to the ASUN All-Conference First Team. Deahna Welch and Jenny Borck earned second team honors. Hannah Gamage was named to the All-Freshman Team.
The Lady Bisons set a season program record for wins with 10 in 2014. They finished with a 10-11 worksheet overall. In the spring seasons they were 7-0 in home indoor matches, also a program record.
Their 3-5 record in the Atlantic Sun earned the Lady Bisons their first trip to the conference tournament in 2014. Seeded at No. 6 they lost 4-0 to Florida Gulf Coast in the first round.
Laura Kent was named to the A-Sun All–Freshman Team. It was the first time a Lady Bisons tennis player had been named to the team since 2005. Kent was a unanimous selection of the conference coaches.
Off the court in 2015 the Lady Bisons also had a first for the Lipscomb athletic programs. Between their matches with Mercer and Kennesaw State they spent several days working on a mission trip working with the homeless in Atlanta.
In 2016 the players stayed in Nashville where they worked for a week with immigrants who are making the transition to living in Nashville.
For the past two seasons the Lady Bisons have also earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team status.
In addition to her coaching duties Aid also serves as the Director of the Lipscomb Racquet Club located at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on campus.
She is also serving her second year on the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee. Her term has been extended until September 2020.
She directs several camps at Lipscomb and also serves as a Junior Development Director, promoting junior tennis in the Nashville area.
Prior to joining the Lipscomb tennis program Aid held several positions at The Ensworth School in Nashville, working on the high school level in the Dean of Students office as head of academic support and as a faculty member in the fitness department.
From July 2006 through 2010 Aid served a tennis director at Ensworth. She oversaw the high school, junior varsity and middle school teams.
She served as head coach for the boys and girls teams and produced winning seasons with both teams each year as well as regular appearances in the TSSAA State Tournament. Aid’s combined overall record was 44-11.
Aid has also worked as an instructor at camps on other campuses, including the Vanderbilt Tennis Camps from 2001-2004.
Aid graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.S. degree in 2006. She transferred from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama after being sidelined with a knee injury.
She redshirted for one year and then played two seasons at Lipscomb. She was named First Team All-Conference one season. She served as captain of the Lipscomb tennis team as a junior and senior.
Aid earned numerous academic honors including the Provost List and the Dean’s List. She was a three-time All-Academic Team member. She also was named to the National Dean’s List and was a member of “Who’s Who among American College Students”.
She graduated from Brentwood Academy ('01) in Brentwood, Tennessee where she played tennis on the varsity level from the eighth grade through her senior year. She later served on the alumni board from 2006-2009 at Brentwood Academy.
Aid was a top player in state of Tennessee in juniors as well as the southeast region.
She lives in Nashville.