Todd Chapman wasted little time making his mark on the Kansas women’s tennis program. Chapman, who was named head women’s tennis coach at KU in June 2013, led the Jayhawks back to the NCAA Championship for the first time in 17 years in just his third season at the helm of the KU program. Two years later, the Jayhawks were back in the NCAAs for the third-consecutive season for the first time in 19 years.
Chapman’s eight-year tenure at Kansas is littered with accolades and achievements not seen by Kansas tennis in quite some time as he has orchestrated the program’s return to the national stage.
The 2021 Spring season brought about top-100 rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and even a 7-0 shutout of Southeast Missouri State on the courts of the Jayhawks Tennis Center. Kansas received a preseason ranking from the ITA of No.25 with Sonia Smagina at No.81 in individual rankings as well as Malkia Ngounoue and Carmen Roxana Manu at No.49 in doubles. In the first outdoor match at the Jayhawk Tennis Center, Kansas routed SEMO 7-0 to win four of their last five matches at that point. The No. 9 seeded Kansas outlasted the No. 8 seeded Kansas State in the opening round of the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championship back on April 22, taking the match 4-3 on the Hurd Tennis Center Courts in Waco, Texas. Ngounoue, All-Big 12 Singles First Team, and Tiffany Lagarde, Big 12 Individual No. 5 Singles position Champion, earned postseason 2021 All-Big 12 Awards. As a team the Jayhawks set a new program best GPA of 3.64 in the spring. Julia Deming, Vasiliki Karvouni, Smagina and Manu all earned 2021 Academic All-Big 12 honors for the first time in their careers. Deming and Karvouni, both sport management majors, notched a 4.0 grade point average to join nine other Big 12 student-athletes across men’s and women’s tennis. Smagina, a liberal arts and sciences major, represented the First Team alongside her teammates Deming and Karvouni. Manu tabbed Second Team honors for her studies in psychology.
The Kansas tennis team had arguably its best season in the history of the program in 2019. KU sent four student-athletes to the prestigious Riviera ITA Women’s All-American Championships for the second time in three years. Jayhawks’ Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch were crowned doubles champions. The Jayhawks had a record setting three players, Khmelnitckaia, Koch and Anastasia Rychagova (who was also named ITA Central Region Player of the Year) named ITA All-Americans in singles and doubles. Kansas advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 21 years after hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds. Nationally recognized for the dominant campaign Chapman earned the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year and Big 12 Coach of the year. Kansas spent 16-straight weeks ranked in the top-20 and reached a program high No. 7 ranking in February.
The 2018 season saw a triumphant milestone program as Chapman led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Tournament for back-to-back seasons; including a first-round victory. The Jayhawks national exposure continued as Chapman led a doubles duo to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship for a second-consecutive season. Kansas spent 12-consecutive weeks in the top-20 and reached as high as No. 15 in the nation.
The 2017 season was another example of erasing program droughts, as not only did the Jayhawks return to the NCAA Tournament but KU also sent a program-best four student-athletes to the Riviera ITA Women’s All-American Championship and also had a doubles team earn an at-large bid to the Division I NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship for the first time since 1998. In addition, the Jayhawks earned a No. 14 national ranking in February and remained in the top-25 for seven-consecutive weeks.
Chapman also continued to show his prowess in player development. Anastasia Rychagova earned her second-straight All-Big 12 First Team selection, while Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum became the first Jayhawk to be named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Bernard-Feigenbaum and Nina Khmelnitckaia were also named All-Big 12 Second Team as a doubles tandem, prior to knocking off the No. 2 overall seed at the NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship.
The 2016 campaign saw the Jayhawks post a 17-8 overall mark, including a 6-3 ledger in Big 12 play, garnering them a tie for second place in the league standings. Under Chapman’s tutelage, Anastasia Rychagova was tabbed the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and the ITA Central Region Newcomer of the Year. Additionally, Rychagova was named All-Big 12 First Team, while Khmelnitckaia joined her fellow Russian native on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. For his efforts in elevating the KU program, Chapman was named the 2016 ITA Central Region Coach of the Year.
Chapman, who helped coach Texas Tech to the 2012 and 2013 Big 12 regular-season titles, guided Kansas to eight-consecutive wins to open his inaugural season overseeing the Jayhawk program in 2014.
Chapman followed up his impressive opening campaign at the helm of the KU program by leading the Jayhawks to their best Big 12 Conference finish in six years. KU collected four conference victories in 2015, including a road win over No. 29 Oklahoma.
As an assistant coach at Tech for four years, Chapman helped elevate the Red Raiders from eighth place in the Big 12 in 2009 to the school’s first-ever bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013. Over his last three seasons in Lubbock he helped Tech achieve its highest national rankings in school history — 39th in 2011, 17th in 2012 and 15th in 2013. Tech reached the second round of the team competition in 2013’s NCAA Tournament, and their All-Big 12 duo of Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo reached the NCAA round of 16 in the doubles draw.
Prior to his tenure at Texas Tech, Chapman earned Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors as the head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Texas-Pan American (2001-03). He led UTPA to its first national ranking in 12 years and to a second-place finish in the Southland, the highest conference finish in the school’s history.
Chapman spent two years (1999-2001) as the head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, an NAIA school in Chickasha, Oklahoma. There, his teams achieved national rankings of No. 17 (men) and No. 15 (women), and made back-to-back appearances in the NAIA Tournament.
Chapman earned success as a head coach at the high school level as well, leading Wichita Falls (Texas) High School to three-straight Class 4A state quarterfinals (2006-08).
As a player at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, (1994-98), Chapman helped his team to four NCAA Division II Tournaments and a national ranking as high as No. 12. The two-time Lone Star Conference Scholar-Athlete achieved a national ranking in doubles as high as 17.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach (1998-99) for his alma mater’s men’s and women’s teams, both of whom were ranked in the Top 25.
Chapman and his wife, Amy, have five daughters: Lauren, Madison, Katelyn, Avary and Karsen.
|THE CHAPMAN FILE|
|Alma Mater: Cameron University, 1994-1998|
|Children: Lauren, Madison, Katelyn, Avary and Karsen|
|2014-Present, Kansas (Head Coach)|
|2011-2014, Texas Tech (Assistant Coach)|
|2001-2003, University of Texas-Pan American (Head Men's & Women's Coach)|
|1999-2001, University of Science & Arts (Head Men's & Women's Coach)|
|2006-2008, Wichita Falls (Texas) High School (Head Coach)|
|1998-1999, Cameron University (Assistant Coach)|
|1994-1998, Cameron University|