April 15, 2014
CHICAGO - UIC head women's tennis coach Shannon Tully was recently named a recipient of the UIC Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (VCSA) Outstanding Staff Award. Tully was one of five individuals to earn the award for demonstrating outstanding levels of professionalism and enthusiasm while providing exceptional service to Student Affairs.
"I feel extremely honored to have been nominated for this award and very humbled to have received it," said Tully. "UIC has given me the tools to be successful and I cannot imagine better support anywhere else. I am proud to say that I am a part of the UIC family."
Tully has been an integral part of the UIC Athletics department's success since her arrival in 2001. She has continued to put time and effort into helping UIC and the women's tennis program reach its potential.
"Shannon understands the mission of Athletics as well as how it fits into the Student Affairs mission," Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Barbara Henley said in a statement. "She is in her 13th season at the helm of the women's tennis program with its record-setting 17-consecutive conference championships and 15-straight NCAA tournament appearances. Under Shannon's guidance and direction, her students have excelled in the classroom and have graduated from UIC at a rate of 100%."
An eight-time Horizon League Coach of the Year and reigning Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region, Tully has set the bar high in the Horizon League.
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 with 146-straight conference wins before the Flames dropped a 4-3 decision to Detroit on April 6, 2013. UIC had not been defeated by a conference opponent since the 1996 season, when the Flames fell to Green Bay (April 21, 1996) in the postseason tournament final.
During her tenure, Tully has brought in several top recruits to continuously boast strong teams year after year. Tully has coached five Horizon League Player of the Year selections, five League Newcomer of the Year winners and 23 All-League members.
In addition to their success on the courts, Tully's student-athletes have shown success in the classroom. The Flames have averaged a team GPA of 3.371 from the fall of 2008 through the fall of 2013 and own an impressive 3.604 GPA over their last seven semesters. They have been named the UIC Academic Team of the Year six times since the 2001-02 school year, in addition to receiving the Horizon League Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement on five separate occasions.
The award, along with Outstanding New Staff and Outstanding Contribution to Student Success, is presented annually to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA) staff members.