SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced the hiring of Cami Hubbs as the new head women's tennis coach. Hubbs, most recently an assistant coach at Cal Poly, takes over a Hornet program that went 9-17 overall and 7-4 in the Big Sky Conference last year.
"We are extremely excited to bring Cami aboard," Orr said. "She has very good experience as both a player and coach. She was one of the greatest all-time prep players, had a successful playing career at Ohio State, and had coaching stops at Dayton, Illinois State, College of Saint Mary's and Cal Poly. Cami has some familiarity with the West Coast having coached at Cal Poly, and she has been around coaching her entire life as her father was a longtime successful Div. I head coach."
Hubbs, who played four seasons at Ohio State, has six years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as an assistant at Cal Poly. During her two seasons at Cal Poly (2016, 2017), she had her finger prints on recruiting, on-court coaching, training, drill instruction, academics, scheduling, travel and equipment.
"I am extremely honored and very excited to be the next head coach at Sacramento State," Hubbs said. "I would like to thank Director of Athletics Mark Orr, Associate Athletics Director/SWA Lois Mattice and the entire search committee for the opportunity to lead the Hornet women's tennis program into a new era. I look forward to working closely with our student-athletes, the superb athletics department and the Sacramento community."
This past season, Cal Poly had three of its players earn Big West all-conference accolades, two of which were freshmen Hubbs helped recruit. During her two seasons with the Mustangs, she coached a combined five all-conference selections. In addition, the Mustangs complied a 3.535 team grade point average while earning the all-academic team award from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Five players on last year's roster earned GPA's above a 3.50 and were recipient of ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Hubbs spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach for the College of Saint Mary women's tennis program in her hometown of Omaha, Neb. Prior to her stint with the Flames, she worked as a graduate assistant at Illinois State during the 2013 and 2014 seasons while earning a master's degree in recreation administration.
Hubbs began her coaching career at Dayton, where she worked as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis programs during the 2011-12 season.
She spent her playing career at Ohio State (2007-11) and set a school record for singles victories with 36 during her freshman season while being named team MVP. As a sophomore, Hubbs helped record 22 doubles wins, which included a 15-11 mark during the spring while playing from the second position.
As a senior with the Buckeyes, Hubbs was a team captain and named to the Big Ten Conference all-academic team as well as earning OSU Scholar-Athlete status. She posted an ITA All-American doubles victory that season and helped the Buckeyes to a 10-2 home record and a 7-3 mark in conference play.
During her four seasons at Ohio State, Hubbs collected 159 victories, which included 77 singles wins and 82 doubles victories.
Hubbs has tennis in her bloodlines as both her parents, Ed and Deborah, played collegiately at Doane University in Nebraska. In fact, her father, Ed, was the head women's tennis coach at Creighton for nearly two decades, and was the school's all-time leader in career wins with 347 victories. In addition, her grandmother, Emma, taught tennis for over 60 years in Illinois, and was coaching high school tennis until the age of 87. Her contributions led to the creation of the annual Emma Hubbs Tennis Classic, and the naming of the Emma Hubbs Tennis Courts in Dixon, Ill.
As a prep star, Cami Hubbs attended Omaha Westside High School, where she was a three-time National High School All-American, posting a perfect 117-0 record during her high school career. At No. 1 singles, where she was a four-time state champion, Hubbs led Omaha Westside to state titles in 2004, 2005 and 2007. After her undefeated run at Omaha Westside, Hubbs was featured in the May 27, 2007 Sports Illustrated edition which highlighted her perfect prep career record.
She earned her master's degree (Recreation Administration) from Illinois State in 2014, and bachelor's degree (Sociology/Criminology) from Ohio State in 2011.
Hubbs takes over a Sacramento State program that won 13 consecutive Big Sky Conference Tournament championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament each of those seasons from 2002-14. During that run, the Hornets posted an NCAA-record 112 consecutive wins over conference opposition. That 2014 season marks the Hornets' most recent appearance at the NCAA Tournament.