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Barbara Hallquist DeGroot, the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to USC, is joining the women's tennis coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.  DeGroot won the national collegiate singles title in both 1976 and 1977 as well as four team national championships en route to an ITA Hall of Fame career.

"I am overjoyed to welcome home a wonderful friend as well as a Trojan great in Barbara Hallquist DeGroot," USC athletic director Pat Haden said. "She really is a cornerstone of the foundation of women's athletics here at USC. She is also a pioneer. As USC's first female scholarship athlete, Barbara paved the way for the 25 national championships that our women's teams have won. It is so exciting to have her back to help lead our women's tennis program."

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DeGroot enjoyed a successful professional career as well reaching a career best No. 30 world ranking, and making the 1980 U.S. Open quarterfinals.  Most recently, she was the women's tennis coach at Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif..

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