|Title:||Head Women's Tennis Coach|
Ed Habershaw begins his 19th season as head women's tennis coach at Salve Regina University. His career record of 202 wins and 91 losses (.689) includes 10 conference championships and three runner-up finishes on the women's side. Habershaw also guided the Salve Regina men's tennis program for four years in the 1990s, winning three conference championships.
Habershaw earned his 200th coaching victory this past season, as
the Seahawks defeated Western New England, 5-4. Appropriately, the
milestone win came on Coach Habershaw's birthday.
Habershaw took over the coaching reigns in 1992 and led the Seahawks to a 107-23 mark before taking a two-year leave from coaching while earning his master's degree at Salve Regina. He returned in 2003 and promptly guided the women's team to three consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championships.
A three-time CCC Coach of the Year, Habershaw has coached five women's players who have been recognized by the conference with the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award: Christen Barrasso '98, Hikari Tamura '00, Laura Valcourt '02, Katie Wright '06, and Elise Jones '10. His teams regularly achieve a grade point average (GPA) over 3.20 and qualify for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team award.
His teams have embraced the philosophy, "Positive thoughts produce positive results." Habershaw organizes and runs an annual doubles tournament on the historic grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame where he served as a ball person supervisor during the summer ATP event. He has developed a spring season for the Seahawk tennis program which includes a regular trip south during Spring Break.
After graduating from Bryant College in 1986, Habershaw worked at an advertising agency in his hometown before moving on to a four-year stint as sports producer at a top-rated radio station in Rhode Island. He has served as Salve Regina's sports information director since 1992.
Habershaw and his wife, Lynne, reside in Warwick with their two children, Taylor and Kiernan. Taylor studies dance as a junior at Jacksonville University.