Coaching Staff

Head Coach - jami Yonekura-jones

Jami Jones enters her 7th season as the Head Women’s Tennis Coach in 2018-2019. In the past six seasons, Jones has compiled an overall record of 45-44 and a PCAC record of 40-33. Prior to Jones taking over the Lady Knights Tennis Program, the team had not had a winning record in over ten years. The Lady Knights finished 2nd in the conference in 2018 and qualified for the dual team state playoffs. In the past six seasons, Jones has consistently qualified players for the regional championships at Ojai and she has coached five PCAC All-Conference players: Phillyn Frederick (2014-singles), Briana Hooks (2015/2017 singles & doubles), Erica Letzring (2017-singles), Josah Corpuz (2018-singles & doubles), and Marilyn Kathka (2018-Doubles).

The Lady Knights earned state team rankings of #19 in 2017 and #15 in 2018. Jones has also had several players attain individual state rankings: Briana Hooks/Lily Yamauchi (2015-#43), Erica Letzring (2017-#25), Briana Hooks (2017-#41), Brianna Leigh-Pink (2017-#74), Briana Hooks/Marilyn Kathka (2017-#44), Josah Corpuz(2019-#40), Marilyn Kathka (2018-#69), Erica Letzring (2018-#71), Josah Corpuz/Marilyn Kathka (2018-#26).

Jones emphasizes good sportsmanship, team camaraderie, and hard work in her program. She strives to work with each of her players to help them reach both their academic and athletic goals. She takes pride in the fact that several of her players have transferred to and graduated from: SDSU, UCSD, Sacramento State, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State San Marcos, and UC Santa Cruz. In her short tenure at City, Jones has had three ITA Academic All-Americans: Karen Lopo (2015, 2016), Anabel Caiazzo (2015), and Marilyn Kathka (2017). Her team was also awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Community Service and Outreach Award in 2017. Her goal is for her players to develop the skills necessary to succeed at whatever they choose to do when they graduate from San Diego City College.

The Lady Knights are not the first program that Jones has turned around. Prior to taking over the SDCC women’s tennis team, Jones was the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Long Beach State University. When Jones started at Long Beach in 1992, the program was nearly last in the Big West Conference. She took the team from a 4-10 record in ’92 to 17-7 and a 3rd place conference finish in ’97 when she left to start her family in San Diego.

As a highly ranked junior player Jones attended the University of Miami on a tennis scholarship from 1986-1990. In 1988, she was an NCAA Doubles finalist and All-American. Jones is a member of the University of Miami 20-Win Club (20+ wins in a single season) as well as the 50 -Win Club (50+ wins over collegiate career) with a record of 77-31. While at the “U”, Jones held the single season record for most singles wins in 1988-89(20-9). Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Miami; graduating both cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Jones also earned Academic All-American Honors.

Jones continues to be an active member of the San Diego Tennis Community. In 2012, she won the ITF Senior World Championships in the women’s 40’s doubles division with partner Deborah Higa. Also, with Higa, Jones was the runner up in the Women’s National 40’s Hardcourts in 2017 and the National 50’s in 2018. She is a USPTA certified Elite Pro. She serves on both the USPTA San Diego and the San Diego District Tennis Association Boards. In 2013, she was awarded the SDDTA Sportswoman of the Year Award as well as the Maureen Connelly Brinker Sportsmanship Award. In 2016 she was the USPTA Female Player of the Year and the San Diego District Tennis Association Female Coach of the Year. She and her husband, Eugene, have three sons: Kyle, Ty, and Dylan.

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” Vince Lombardi .

Contact Information
Head Coach: Jami Yonekura-Jones
Phone: (619) 388-3436

Assistant Coach - brandon lupian

Coach Lupian enters his 6th season as the SDCC Women’s Assistant Coach and his 14th season as the Head Men’s Coach in 2018-2019. During his time with the Lady Knights, they have improved from last in the PCAC in 2013 to 2nd in 2018. Coach Lupian’s position as both the Head Men’s Coach as well as the Assistant Women’s Coach give him a unique perspective that benefits both teams.

Coach Jones and Coach Lupian, along with Coach Mann work together to bring out the best in their players and often describe their program as a “family.” For more on Coach Lupian FULL BIO. 

“A good coach can change a game; a great coach can change a life.” John Wooden

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