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Old Nov 24th, 2009, 07:31 AM   #24
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Ricky Rosas Named Miami (Ohio) Interim Head Coach

Nov. 20, 2009

OXFORD, Ohio - Ricardo "Ricky" Rosas has been named interim head coach of Miami University's women's tennis team, Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today. He replaces David Emery who resigned recently.

Ricardo Rosas has been an assistant coach with the Miami women's tennis program for six seasons and helped lead the RedHawks to an undefeated Mid-American Conference season, the MAC tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last May. He brings an impressive tennis background and strong experience as an international competitor.

"We are appreciative that Ricky has taken on this role for the season," Bates said. "He has shown solid leadership skills during his time as an assistant and that will continue."

Rosas, who graduated from Instituto Villa de Cortes Mexico in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, has been playing professionally and coaching since he was a young boy.

As a junior player, Rosas was one of Mexico's finest, ranking as high as No. 6 in singles and No.12 in doubles nationally and No. 26 in singles and No. 12 in doubles in the ITF World Rankings. In 1993-94, he participated in the U.S. Open, The French Open and Wimbledon as an 18-year old.

Following his junior career, he went on to play four years on the ATP Tour (1994 to 1997), reaching career-best rankings of No. 574 in singles and No. 375 in doubles. His international experience also includes representing Mexico in several events, including the 1994 Davis Cup.

After his playing career ended, Rosas spent one year at the Gary Kesl Tennis Academy in Deerfield, Fla. There he was one of the academy's instructors while also overseeing court maintenance and the supervision of the school's other instructors.

During the 2006-07 season, Rosas served as the interim head coach for the Miami program after then-head coach Ray Reppert departed in mid-February to take a position in Florida. Rosas brought continuity to the program at a time of influx and guided the RedHawks to an 8-8 overall record, including a 4-4 Mid-American Conference mark.

Rosas and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Oxford.

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