Lauren Jones-Spencer Staff Bio | Women's Tennis Head Coach

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Lauren Jones-Spencer

Responsibilities

  • Head coach (2010-present)
  • Assistant coach for two seasons (2008-2010)

Coaching Highlights

  • Six players collected All-WCC Honors in 2013-14 season as Cougars went undefeated at home for the first time in 16 years
  • The team upset then 38th-ranked Saint Mary's 5-2, which was the first time they knocked off a top-40 opponent since 2007--coach Jones-Spencer’s senior collegiate season

Education

  • BYU (BA in Graphic Design, 2007)

Playing Career

  • Won 22 matches and went 13-4 in doubles play as a freshman for the Cougars
  • All-Mountain West Conference Team in singles (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and doubles (2005, 2007)
  • Ranked No. 95 in the nation in singles, as a junior and No. 45 in preseason polls in doubles with partner Dolly Chang
  • Advanced to the singles main draw of the ITA All-American Championship (2006)
  • As a senior, ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Central Region preseason polls
  • Placed second in the Wilson/ITA Central-West Championships with doubles partner Sofia Holden
  • Undefeated at the MWC tournament her senior season
  • Finished her senior season with her career best record at 25-13 on the year in singles and 23-12 in doubles
  • All-MWC First Team honors in both singles and doubles (2007)
  • Named to the MWC 10th Anniversary Singles Team

Coaching Recognition

  • Named 2014 WCC Coach of the Year

Hometown

  • Mission Viejo, Calif.

Personal/Family

  • Became interested in playing tennis when she was very young after watching her mother play
  • Looks up to Pete Sampras because of his good example throughout the years
  • Married to Kirk Spencer and they had a baby girl, Presley, in July

Coaching Statistics

 

Year W-L Conference Finish Final National Ranking
2013-14 12-8 2nd (WCC)  
2012-13 10-11 6th (WCC) N/A
2011-12 8-15 6th (WCC) N/A
2010-11 9-12 4th (MWC) N/A
Lauren Jones-Spencer

In June 2010, Lauren Jones-Spencer was named the interim head coach of the women's tennis team at BYU. She was named the permanent head coach in July 2011. Jones-Spencer spent the previous two seasons as an assistant in the women's tennis program. 

Under the tutelage of the 2014 WCC Coach of the Year, Jones-Spencer, six players collected All-WCC Honors as Cougars squelched their visiting opponents, going undefeated at home for the first time in 16 years. During the 2013-14 season, the team upset then 38th-ranked Saint Mary's 5-2. It was the first time they knocked off a top-40 opponent since 2007--coach Jones-Spencer’s senior collegiate season. The team also showed promise in upset wins against then-No. 50 Denver and then-No. 62 Marshall.

As an assistant coach she had responsibilities for scheduling, recruiting, team travel and itineraries as well as player scouting reports.

Jones-Spencer played junior competitive tennis since age 12. She finished No. 16 in Southern Calif. for girls 16-year-old division and finished junior play ranked 50th nationally. She finished No. 15 among 18 year-old girls in Southern Calif. and No. 63 nationally. While playing for Capistrano Valley High School, she finished in the top eight in league playoffs.

Jones-Spencer began playing at BYU in the 2003-2004 season. As a freshman, she won 22 matches and went 13-4 in doubles play.

During her sophomore season, she was named a member of the All-Mountain West Conference Team and was named MWC Player of the Week for her performance against UNLV.

In her junior campaign, Jones-Spencer was ranked No. 95 in the nation in singles and advanced to the singles main draw of the ITA All-American Championships. She and partner Dolly Chang were ranked No. 45 in doubles in preseason rankings. Jones-Spencer was, again, named to the All-MWC Team in singles and finished the season winning nine of her 11 final matches.

As a senior, Jones-Spencer was ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Central Region preseason polls. She and doubles partner Sofia Holden placed second in the Wilson/ITA Central-West Championships. She was undefeated at the MWC tournament and finished the season with her career best record at 25-13 on the year in singles and 23-12 in doubles. She also received All-MWC First Team honors in both singles and doubles.

Jones-Spencer graduated BYU in 2007 with a degree in graph design. She lives in Provo, Utah and is married to Kirt Spencer. The two had a baby girl, Presley, in July.