Jeff Nevolo, the 2016 ITA Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year, was named the Gamecocks' women's tennis assistant coach on August 4, 2014. Nevolo spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as an assistant for the Air Force men's tennis program and was an assistant for the men's team at Alabama for a year prior to his stint with the Falcons.
Last season, Nevolo played a pivotal role in helping South Carolina turn in one of its best seasons in school history. The Gamecocks cracked the top 10 for the first time since 1983, hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 and finished with 19 wins, their most since 1995. Doubles teammates Hadley Berg and Paige Cline went on to become the program's first All-Americans since 1994 after capturing a pair of top-10 victories at the NCAA Doubles Championships.
In his first year with South Carolina, Nevolo helped head coach Kevin Epley and the Gamecocks qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in a row. South Carolina reached the second round of the tournament for the 18th time in those 21 years and nearly upset Virginia for a trip to the NCAA Championships. The Gamecocks finished the season with a 15-11 record and went 6-7 in the SEC.
At Air Force, Nevolo was promoted to associate head coach prior to his second season. He then helped the Falcons to their first winning record since 2006, as Air Force finished the season with a 13-12 record and achieved its highest national ranking ever at No. 63 in late February. A 4-3 victory over 49th-ranked BYU early in the season marked AFA's first over a ranked team since Feb. 4, 2005. Air Force also won its first regular-season Mountain West dual match since 2003.
In his one season at Alabama, Nevolo helped the Crimson Tide to a 10-15 record, and players Jarryd Botha and Ricky Doverspike advance to the round of 16 at the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championships.
Nevolo, a native of Gurnee, Ill., earned a bachelor's in sport administration in 2009 from Ball State. After graduating, Nevolo began his coaching stint for the Cardinals that fall as a volunteer assistant before being promoted to assistant coach the following year. During the spring, he helped Ball State capture the Mid-American Conference title for the first time since 2005, which gave the Cardinals an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. He also earned a master's degree in executive development for public service from Ball State in 2011.
Aside from coaching at Ball State, Nevolo was also a tennis teaching professional at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Ind., and the Muncie Family YMCA in Muncie, Ind. He and his wife, Diana, were married in July 2013.