Barbara Hallquist DeGroot Joins USC Coaching Staff
Jan. 23, 2014
Arguably the USC women's tennis program's most decorated alumna, Barbara Hallquist DeGroot will return to Troy as a volunteer assistant coach for the Trojans this season, head coach Richard Gallien has announced. An ITA Hall of Famer and national champion, DeGroot will work alongside Gallien and associate head coach West Nott to help guide the Women of Troy through the coming 2014 spring season.
"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."
Indeed, the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship at USC, Barbara Hallquist DeGroot captured the national collegiate singles title in both 1976 and 1977 and played on four national championship teams under coach David Borelli. Ranked No. 1 in Southern California as a junior player, Hallquist won two national USTA junior titles, and nine national USTA titles overall. She was a co-recipient of the USTA Girls' Sportsmanship Trophy in 1975.
At USC, Hallquist was a four-time All-American, named Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete in 1979 and winning the USC Post Graduate Scholarship Award. Turning pro after college and attaining a career high world ranking of No. 30, she competed in all four Grand Slam events and reached the quarterfinals in singles at the 1980 U.S. Open. From 1985-88, Hallquist served as USC assistant coach, helping guide the team to the 1985 NCAA team championship. She now comes back to USC after having served as the women's tennis coach at Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif.
"West and I couldn't be more excited to have Barbara Degroot join our coaching staff at USC," Gallien said. "Barbara is a USC icon who has won at every level. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and especially class. The fact that Barbara is the first female athlete to win an athletic scholarship makes her arrival even more special. We can't wait to get started."