Carol Matsuzaki
Carol Matsuzaki
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-7665
Year: 17th at MIT
Previous College: MIT '95

A five-time (1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012) NEWMAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, and the 2007 ITA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, Carol Matsuzaki has guided the MIT program for 16 seasons. The winningest coach in MIT women's tennis history, she has compiled a 197-92 dual match record, with her teams recording winning records in all but one season.

In 2013-14 Matsuzaki guided MIT to its second straight and sixth overall NEWMAC title, and its fourth appearance as a team in the NCAA Championships where the Engineers won a second round match before bowing out in the Round of 16. From 1999-02 Matsuzaki steered the Engineers to four consecutive NEWMAC Championship titles and has coached numerous individuals to appearances at the NCAA Championships, including Elysa Kohrs in 2014 and Lauren Quisenberry in 2011 and 2013. Following the 2006-07 season, she was named the Division III Northeast Region Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Coach of the Year.

Matsuzaki graduated from MIT in 1995 with a degree in biology. She captained the varsity women's tennis team her senior year and was the NEW 8 Conference Athlete of the Year in 1995. She was ranked as high as #46 in the country in singles and #21 in the country in doubles, as well as playing on a team ranked #11 in the country. In addition to varsity tennis, she played on the varsity men's squash team and was a 2 time qualifier for the national individual women's tournament.

Matsuzaki received her graduate degree in sports psychology from Boston University in 1997. In 2004, she authored the book "Tennis Fundamentals". Part of Human Kinetics' Sports Fundamentals series, "Tennis Fundamentals" teaches the basic skills and tactics to help readers participate in the sport quickly.

Mason Astley
Mason Astley
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: Swarthmore College '99

Mason Astley will be in his fourth season on the MIT women’s tennis staff in 2014-15.  He came to the Engineers from Emerson College, where he was the men's and women's head tennis coach for three years.

Astley compiled a 46-28 overall record at Emerson, including an 11-3 campaign with the women's team in 2010-11. He was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for 2009.

Astley started teaching tennis at a summer tennis camp while in high school, and then matriculated at Swarthmore College, contributing to both the tennis and soccer teams. He earned a degree in English Literature and started working with the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center in Philadelphia after graduation. That rekindled his love of teaching tennis and he began teaching and training at a club near his hometown of Worcester, Mass. He then traveled to Osaka, Japan where he taught English at a private language school. Upon returning, Mason briefly coached at Worcester Polytechnic Institute before settling in at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown for three years.

Deciding that he had a lot to learn about the mental side of tennis, Mason then enrolled in the Boston University Graduate School of Education, where he earned a Master's Degree in counseling psychology (sport psychology concentration). Since then he has been consulting with athletes from many sports, but mostly tennis, including top-ten U.S. juniors and WTA touring professionals.

Peter Varnum
Peter Varnum
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: 5th at MIT
Previous College: Carleton College '08

After two years away from the MIT women’s tennis program, Peter Varnum returned to the Engineers as a volunteer assistant coach in 2013-14.

Varnum played his collegiate tennis at Division III Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. where he garnered all-conference honors for three years in singles and doubles and earned a bachelor's degree in English. He played in the singles lineup anywhere from 2-5 and all three doubles positions. 

Varnum is excited about having the opportunity to work with such a dynamic group of women, and hopes that the season brings them lots of success and fun. He lives in Somerville and attends The Fletcher School at Tufts University. 

Amy Zhang
Amy Zhang
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: Rutgers '11

Amy Zhang joins the MIT women’s tennis coaching staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2014-15 season. Off the court she is pursuing her Ph.D. in computer science at MIT.

Zhang graduated in from Rutgers University in 2011 and was a four-year standout for the Scarlet Knights in tennis. Playing most of her tennis in the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, she compiled a career record of 67-18 in singles and 62-24 in doubles. Zhang was twice named All-BIG EAST as well as a two-time team MVP. In 2011 she was the national winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, earned Academic All-America honors and was honored with the Headley-Singer Award as Rutgers’ Outstanding Senior Female Athlete.

In 2012 Zhang was awarded a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge where she played on the Women’s Varsity Blues squad.