WTA pro Audra Cohen retires to be Wisconsin assistant coach
Dec. 22, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team and head coach Brian Fleishman announced the hiring of tennis professional Audra Cohen as the new assistant coach.
"Audra will be a great addition to the program,” said Fleishman. “She will be a great coach and mentor for the student-athletes. Her tenacity and winning attitude will spread to the team."
As a junior at the University of Miami, Cohen won the school’s first-ever NCAA women’s singles title in May of 2007 and was the No. 1-ranked college player in the country the entire season. Cohen decided to forgo her senior year at Miami to turn professional.
Cohen defeated Lauren Albanese at the singles final in Evansville, Ind., to win her first USTA Pro Circuit title back in 2006. Currently ranked 564th in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, Cohen has competed in eight tours.
The Plantation, Fla., native played a year at Northwestern before transferring to Miami, marking the only woman in history to make it to the finals of the NCAA championship competing at two different schools. Cohen, the 2007 ITA National Player of the Year, wrapped up her championship season with a 42-2 overall singles record and a 27-2 mark against ranked opponents.
Cohen, a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and a five-time All-American, won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top collegiate female tennis player for 2007.
Cohen is filling the role of former assistant coach Katie Dougherty, who is now the head coach at Iowa.