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Jo Keene returns to the University of Houston for her eighth season as an assistant coach after an impressive collegiate career with the Cougars from 2000-02.
Keene's responsibilities include on-court coaching, academics, team travel, home tournament organization, strength and conditioning, housing, recruiting and racquet re-stringing.
During her seven seasons as an assistant, Keene has helped coach seven All-Conference USA selections, including fellow British native Leila Salek to First-Team All-Conference and C-USA Newcomer of the Year honors in 2007 and All-Conference USA Second-Team accolades in 2008.
Houston enjoyed its 10th-straight winning season overall in 2012 and the seventh consecutive under Keene's tutelage, posting a 14-8 mark, including a first round victory at the C-USA Championship.
The Cougars tallied a 16-8 overall mark during the 2011 campaign, which tied for the 10th-most wins in a single season in program history. Houston endured several injuries during the first portion of the 2011 season before reeling off nine victories in the last 10 matches to wrap up the regular season.
Houston went 11-8 in 2010 despite losing the top-four performers from the previous season, who compiled a 57-16 singles mark.
Keene helped guide the Cougars to an 18-4 mark in 2009 as Houston set a school record with an 8-1 mark on the road. Newcomer Joanna Kacprzyk earned C-USA Third-Team honors after posting a 14-6 record at the top four positions to help lead a group that totaled an 88-38 (.698) overall singles mark.
Houston posted a 20-5 record in her first season in addition to an undefeated record at home, marking the first time the program achieved those feats since the 1989-90 season.
On-court success isn't the only thing that Keene has brought to the program, as the Cougars have consistently posted one of the highest GPAs of all sports at Houston. In seven seasons, the program has had 46 selections to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or higher), while earning three selections to the C-USA Commissioner's Medal list (3.75 GPA or higher) over the past two seasons. Houston has also had four student-athletes earn five ITA Scholar Athlete awards (3.5 GPA or higher) in Keene's seven seasons.
Before returning to her alma mater, Keene was the head coach for both the varsity and junior varsity tennis teams at the Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston. She coached the team to the 2005 Division 6A District III singles, doubles and team championships. She also succeeded in taking four players to the Texas State Championships over the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Keene was also a graphic analyst for the BBC working directly with producers during the Wimbledon Championships in 2004 and 2005.
As a player, Keene was a member of the Cougar tennis team from 2000-2002 after playing two seasons at McNeese State.
She compiled a 25-7 mark over two seasons as a Cougar, including a perfect 8-0 career record in Conference USA action and was a C-USA Third Team selection in 2002. She was also named team MVP in her senior season.
Keene ranks 10th on the single-season winning percentage list. She recorded a .781 winning percentage in the 2001-02 season.
"I am a proud former Cougar student-athlete," Keene said. "I strive to inspire the same pride in our current team and encourage them to make the absolute most of their college experience."
Keene, a native of England, graduated from Houston in 2003 with a bachelor of arts in sociology.