One of the longest-tenured head coaches in University of Colorado history is retiring.

Nicole Kenneally, who has coached the CU women's tennis team for the past 19 seasons, made her retirement announcement on Monday.

"The University of Colorado has always been an institution that I have believed in and had faith in," Kenneally said in a press release from the school. "It is incredible to think I have completed 19 years, as it has flown by. First I would like to thank Dick Tharp, David Burton and Karen Morrison for believing in me way back when; they took a chance on me and I appreciate that they did. Second, I would like to thank all of the support staff -there are so many of them - who have been around the program in my time as they were invaluable.

"And of course, my players. Thank you all the way back to the first team I inherited and everyone who followed."

Kenneally's announcement came on the day she was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) coach of the year for the Mountain Region.

CU was 9-12 this season (2-7 Pac-12), including a 7-1 record against Mountain Region teams.

"I am extremely humbled to be receiving this award as there are a lot of respected successful coaches in our region," Kenneally said. "We always played a competitive schedule and definitely within the Pac-12 faced many of the top teams in the country."

Kenneally's tenure was the 12th-longest in CU history and third among females, behind Ceal Barry (22 years in women's basketball) and Anne Kelly (21 years in women's golf).


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Kenneally led the Buffs to a 187-233 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2003, 2007). She was the Big 12 Conference coach of the year in 2007.

"We really appreciate the contributions that Nicole has made to our athletic department," CU athletic director Rick George said. "We also want to congratulate her on being selected as the ITA regional coach of the year. It's a fitting honor for her to finish off her career with that recognition."

Assistant coach Mike Phillips will serve as interim head coach until a successor is named. CU will begin a national search immediately. Kenneally will remain on staff and coach CU's tennis camps May 29-June 22.