Student-athlete awards ceremony took place Thursday night at the UIC Forum
Eight-Time Horizon League Coach of the Year (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Just completing her 14th season as head women's tennis coach of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Shannon Tully continues to cultivate a program engrained in excellence at UIC.
An eight-time Horizon League Coach of the Year and 2013 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region, Tully recorded her 200th all-time career win this past season with a 6-1 win over Horizon League-foe Oakland on April 12, 2014, at Bloomfield Tennis in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Tully's career record stands at 210 wins with 112 losses in 14 seasons at the helm of the tennis program.
The Ohio native has made a huge mark on a program that has set the bar high in the Horizon League. Tully guided the Flames to 17-consecutive conference championships and 15-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and has achieved several other accomplishments along the way.
With 33-consecutive conference wins already in place at the start of her first season in 2001-02, Tully was able to carry on the longest win streak in NCAA history, that dated back to the 1996 season, with 146-straight conference wins before the Flames dropped a 4-3 decision to Detroit on April 6, 2013. On April 19, 2008, the Flames reached their 100th straight win over a league rival with a 5-2 victory over Butler and own an overall record of 123-5 following the 2014 campaign.
During the 2012 season, the team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the first time with a 4-3 win over No. 75 Akron on April 22. Taking the win into the postseason, the Flames went on their longest win streak in school history with 16-consecutive victories.
Under Tully in 2010, the Flames found themselves ranked ninth in the final Division I Women's Midwest Rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). This marked the highest-ever regional ranking for UIC and the first time the Flames finished a season ranked in the top 10 of its region. The team reached the feat again for another ninth-place ranking in 2012 and placed 10th in 2013.
All in all, Tully has coached five Horizon League Player of the Year selections and five league Newcomer of the Year winners. Mariya Kovaleva was honored the Horizon League Player of the Year for the fourth-straight year in her senior year, and the first player in the conference history to do so. Her athletes have also earned 45 All-Horizon League honors. Tully also coached the school's first-ever ranked player when Beatriz Cabrera broke through the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's weekly rankings at No. 104 on May 3, 2004. Cabrera also finished the 2004 season as the tenth-ranked player in the Midwest Region.
Tully was rewarded in April 2014 as one-of-five recipients of the UIC Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (VCSA) Outstanding Staff Award for demonstrating outstanding levels of professionalism and enthusiasm while providing exceptional service to Student Affairs.
In addition to her work at UIC, Tully has served on the ITA Midwest Regional Committee and on the NCAA Regional Committee.
A 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Tully played four seasons for the Badgers from 1991-1995 and served as the team's captain for the 1994-95 season. In 1993, Tully was honored as the Big Ten's Sportswoman of the Year and received Academic All-Big Ten recognition every season she played.
Tully earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing and management from UIC in 2006.