Julie Scott Thu, a former Stanford player from 1994-98, will be helping the Cardinal this season in her first year as a volunteer assistant coach.
Scott Thu was a two-time NCAA Semifinalist in both singles and doubles and was ranked nationally in the collegiate top-five. She captured the Pac-10 Singles Championship in 1996 and 1997 and served as captain of the Cardinal squad for two seasons. In 1997, Scott Thu won the deciding match at the NCAA Team Championship when the Cardinal won a 5-1 decision over Florida to clinch the title.
She currently holds the Stanford record for most dual match victories in a single season with a 29-1 record. In addition to her on-court achievements, Scott Thu was awarded the National Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award and the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award.
After graduation, Scott Thu competed on the WTA tour for two years. As a pro, she won several challenger events, earned a world ranking of top-200 in singles and top-100 in doubles, and was able to compete in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. For the past three years, Scott Thu has served as the assistant women's tennis coach at Rice University in Houston, where she gained valuable coaching experience. She is married to Chris, a Stanford resident in anesthesia. They have two sons, Hunter (two years old) and Carson (two months old).