Ann Lebedeff

Emerita Professor of Physical Education
  • Expertise


    A nationally recognized coach and teacher of tennis, Ann Lebedeff has coached the Pomona-Pitzer women’s tennis team since 1998. Her teams have consistently finished in the top 10, and in 2000, her players won the NCAA Division III Doubles title.

    A former nationally ranked junior and collegeate player, she won numerous doubles titles, including the 1974 USTA National Women's Intercollegiate Doubles title, the 1970 New Zealand Women's Doubles Championship, and the U.S. Amateur Clay and Grass Courts Doubles titles in 1972.

    Research Interests

    • The history of sport
    • Sport and society
    • Sports nutrition and diet
    • Cross-gender coaching
    • Coaching success and its relationship to education
    • On-court and conditioning tennis drills
    • Using stories to teach coaches/teachers morality in everyday decision-making.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Nutrition and Sports Science
    • Fitness and Wellness
    • Tennis–Coaching and Teaching
  • Work


    "Tennis", 8th edition. Johnson, Xanthos, Lebedeff. 2003.

    "Perceptions of Intercollegiate Athletic Directors," Ph.D. dissertation

  • Education

    Professional Experience

    Lebedeff's coaching career began at the University of Arizona in 1977-1985, where she was honored as the Western Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1985. From 1989-1998, she was a coach and professor at Cal Poly Pomona, coaching both the men's and women's programs to national titles. The women won back-to-back NCAA team titles in 1991-92, while the men earned an NCAA Doubles title in 1993.

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Fitness & Wellness
    • Intercollegiate Athletics
    • Physical Education Activity
    • Tennis, Advanced
    • Tennis, Intermediate
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    U.S. Olympic Committee, Doc Counsilman Award for utilizing scientific techniques/equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods or creating innovative ways to use sport science, 2005

    NCAA Division II, Women's Tennis National Coach of the Decade 2000, National Coach of the Year, 1990, 1992, 2008

    Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Rolex Meritorious Service Award, 1999; International Tennis Hall of Fame, Educational Merit Award, 1999

    Coach of NCAA Division II Men's Doubles Champions, 1993

    Coach of NCAA Division II Women's Doubles Champions, 1992, NCAA Division III Women's Doubles Champion 2000, NCAA Division III National Singles Champion 2008

    Coach of NCAA Division II Women's Team Champions, 1991-1992

    Achieved her 500th Career Win as Tennis Coach, April 2008