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Old Aug 13th, 2009, 02:25 AM   #16
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Penn hires new coach Sanela Kunovac

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s director of athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced the hiring of Sanela Kunovac C’04 as head coach of the Penn women’s tennis program.

“Sanela is an example of why Penn is such a great place,” said Bilsky. “Here is a young lady who overcame tremendous obstacles and took advantage of the opportunity Penn provided as a student. She will be a great coach and role model for the women she coaches.”

“It is great to be back at Penn!” said Kunovac. “Since my freshman year in 2000, I have felt a part of the Penn family. I am especially humbled to be returning in the capacity of women’s tennis head coach. I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the tennis team at such a prestigious University -- the same University for which I once competed with all my heart.

“I have set high goals for the upcoming years,” she continued. “I expect our team to compete at the highest levels and represent the University with pride and honor, both in the Ivy League and at the national level. I am aware that we have a long and challenging journey ahead of us, but I am confident in our players. I look forward to our journey and future successes.

“My return to Penn is a testament to strength and closeness of my family, and I am so grateful to my parents and my brother for their love, support and strong vote of confidence. I am thankful to Penn for this opportunity and extremely excited to build upon the foundation of success that the University and the tennis team have already put in place.”

Kunovac is a name familiar to people who follow Penn tennis -- she was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in 2001, the first Penn women’s tennis player to earn both honors in the same season. That freshman year, she played No. 1 singles and led the Quakers to their first Ivy League championship and an NCAA Championship first-round appearance. Penn also won the Ivy title in 2002, Kunovac’s sophomore season, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Kunovac was the first three-year captain in program history and a two-time All-Ivy selection in both singles (2001, 2002) and doubles (2001, 2002).

Kunovac's path to Penn is an inspirational story. Born in Bosnia, she lived what she describes as an idyllic childhood until 1992, when Serbia and Croatia began battling over what was once Yugoslavia. With war in full gear, and roads blockaded, she was one of 70 children allowed to go to a tennis camp in Croatia through the Children's Embassy. Her mother and younger brother were able to join her on the trip, which was supposed to last two weeks. Instead, they stayed there for more than two years (much of it spent without her father, who was trapped in Bosnia).

Eventually, a peace treaty was signed. However, rather than return to Sarajevo, the now-reunited family moved to the United States and Kunovac earned a full scholarship to the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

As a coach, Kunovac has worked at several different levels over the past few years. She was a volunteer assistant with the Penn women this past year, and in 2007-08 she was a volunteer assistant at the University of Arizona while working on her master’s degree. In 2006-07, Kunovac was head coach of the girls’ tennis team at Bradenton (Fla.) Prep, leading them to a share of the Class 1A state championship. Her top player, Carling Seguso, won the individual title that year, and the duo of Seguso and Alexandra Rasch the state doubles title. Seguso is currently playing college tennis at UCLA. Kunovac has also trained and mentored individual players in Florida.

"Sanela will do a great job in this new role,” said Arizona women’s tennis coach Vicky Maes, with whom Kunovac worked in 2007-08. “She has a lot of experience in the game and knows how to develop players. Her enthusiasm for college tennis is her biggest asset, and I wish her all the best as Penn’s new head coach."

While a student at Penn, Kunovac also was a Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) member all four years, serving on the executive committee for three of them, and was a Friars Senior Honors Society inductee. She graduated in 2004 with degrees in economics and in Penn’s PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) program. In January 2009, Kunovac earned her master’s in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Arizona.
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Re: Maryland hires new coach Howard Joffe

July 10, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Howard Joffe, the reigning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, has been hired as head coach of the University of Maryland women's tennis program.

Joffe, who spent the last two seasons as Miami University head coach, was hired by the Terps on Friday.

He has experienced tremendous success as both an assistant and head coach.

This past season he led the RedHawks to the MAC Tournament title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Prior to his successful stint at Miami (Ohio), Joffe spent five seasons (2002-07) as the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Southern California.

"(Assistant director of athletics) Keli Cunningham and her search committee made a terrific hire for us," Maryland director of athletics Deborah A. Yow said. "Howard is a proven recruiter and fierce competitor, who also shares our values for academic achievement."

Joffe has earned a number of accolades for his coaching prowess.

In addition to being named the 2009 league coach of the year, Joffe was a two-time recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year award with the Trojans, earning the honor in 2004 and 2006. He was also the runner-up for the 2006 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year award.

USC was among the top teams in the country during his tenure as the Trojans finished in the ITA top 10 each season.

Joffe's RedHawks were ranked nationally for the first time in school history this season and ended the year 16-7, including an 8-0 mark in conference action. They also won the MAC regular-season title for the first time in 10 years.

The RedHawks were led by their underclassmen who were recruited by Joffe.

Monica Gorny was the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year and earned first team all-league honors. Sophomore Anastasia Dracheva was also a first team All-MAC selection.

The RedHawks were also stellar in the classroom with the team earning a perfect score of 1000 on the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.

"I'm privileged and honored to be the new head women's tennis coach at Maryland," Joffe said. "I'd like to thank Debbie Yow, Keli Cunningham and the rest of the administration for affording me this fabulous opportunity."

Joffe is also looking forward to coaching in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"Maryland has a wonderful reputation, top-notch facilities and plays in one of the best conferences in the country," Joffe said. "I'm confident that if the effort and work ethic of our group mimics that of the athletic administration, then the future of our team will be bright."

Joffe, 37, was also a skilled player, earning All-America honors at Pepperdine University in 1992 when he reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship.

After a three-year stint at Pepperdine (1990-92), Joffe spent three years in the professional ranks before embarking on a coaching career. He earned his psychology degree while coaching at USC.

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Joffe spent three years (1999-02) as a teaching professional and director of tennis at Kettering Tennis Center and Quail Run Racquet Clubs in Dayton, Ohio.

Prior to his return to the United States in 1999, Joffe spent four years teaching young tennis players in Johannesburg.

He established the Joffe-Wheeler Tennis Academy in Johannesburg, coached and managed the Gauteng Central Junior Tennis Team. He was also appointed the Gauteng Central tennis coach and served as head coach at Rand Afrikaanse University.
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Miami (Ohio) hires new coach David Emery

David Emery Named Head Tennis Coach at Miami

Former Illinois assistant takes over RedHawks program

Aug. 17, 2009

OXFORD, Ohio - David Emery, an assistant coach at Illinois for the past three seasons, has been named Head Women's Tennis Coach at Miami University, Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today. He replaces Howard Joffe, who resigned last month to become head coach at Maryland.

Emery joined the Fighting Illini in August of 2006 and helped turn around the program. After back-to-back 10th-place finishes in the Big Ten the first two seasons, Illinois returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, ending a three-year absence. This past season, the Illini posted a 19-8 record - the program's most wins since 1991 - finished fourth in the conference and advanced to the second round of the NCAA's.

"I want to thank Brad and the athletic administration for believing in me enough to give me this amazing opportunity," Emery said. "Miami University is one of the elite public universities in the country and has the framework in place to compete with the great teams in the nation. It will be my mission to win MAC Championships and propel Miami to an NCAA contender."

At Illinois, he was involved in all aspects of the program with a focus on recruiting. The most recent Illinois signing class was ranked fifth in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net. He served as an instructor and as director of the Illini Summer camp over the last three years and was named Midwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for 2009 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

"David Emery is highly regarded as a rising star by leaders in the national tennis community and he was exceptionally impressive throughout our search process," Bates said. "He brings a wealth of experience as a student, teacher, player, scholar and coach to our program and we are very excited to have him join the Miami family."

A native of Fairfax, Va., Emery played at Virginia Tech from 2001-03 before transferring to James Madison, where he finished his final two years of eligibility. At James Madison, Emery played at the No. 1 singles position and received first team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2005, and second team All-CAA in 2004. Emery also served as team captain from 2003-05.

In 2005-06, Emery served as the assistant coach at JMU. With the Dukes, Emery helped the doubles tandem of Jesse Tarr and John Snead to an 8-2 record and third team All-CAA honors. Tarr also grabbed third team All-CAA in singles. In his first year on the staff, Emery helped the Dukes turn their record around, helping the team to a 13-13 season record, double the previous season's win total. As an assistant coach at James Madison, Emery's duties included assisting with team practice, team lifting and team travel. Most recently, Emery worked with Katie Ruckert, who is an established singles player on the pro tour, helping her reach a world ranking of 412.

Emery is a 2005 graduate of James Madison with a degree in sports management and a minor in business.

What Others are saying about Coach David Emery

Illinois Head Coach Michelle Dasso

"Dave had a tremendous impact on the Illini progam and there is no doubt in my mind he will do the same at Miami. The players he has worked with have a great deal of respect for the hard work and relationships he has fostered. He will be greatly missed by the whole Illini family, but will make an immediate positive impact on his new program."
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Wichita St. hires new coach Colin Foster

Foster Named Head Women's Tennis Coach

Release: 08/19/2009

WICHITA, Kan. – Colin Foster, former assistant women’s tennis coach at TCU, has been named the seventh head women's tennis coach at Wichita State, Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced on Wednesday.

"Colin communicated a vision of excellence that builds upon the foundation and direction of our women's tennis program," Sexton said. "The future of the program is very bright. With Colin's strong recruiting presence and cutting edge player development skills, we have put together a winning combination that can take this program to new levels."

In his three seasons with the Horned Frogs, Foster helped create a Mountain West Conference power. He helped guide TCU to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons in Fort Worth, sending players to the NCAA Individual Championships each year as well.

Foster has mentored three All-Americans as an assistant, and was twice voted the ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. The Horned Frogs won a pair of regular season championships during his time there, including the 2009 Mountain West Conference Tournament title.

“I’m thrilled and so grateful for the opportunity to join the Wichita State staff,” Foster said. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the players and getting started.”

Before launching his coaching career, Foster enjoyed a highly successful playing career at Purdue. He spent the majority of his senior year competing in the No. 1 position and finished his career as the team’s Most Valuable Player. The Western Springs, Ill., native was also successful in the classroom, being named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team every year.

Foster takes over a Shocker program that was ranked as high as 33rd nationally last season, and begins the 2009-10 season as the defending Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament champions along with NCAA Tournament appearances in three of the last four seasons.

“Chris Young did an incredible job during his time at WSU," Foster said. “I’m excited about our program's recent success on both the conference and national levels. I’m excited to continue that direction and the opportunity to make an even bigger splash on the national scene.”

The announcement also brings changes to the men's side of the Shocker tennis program. Head men's tennis coach Brad Louderback will also take on the additional role of Director of Operations for the Sheldon Coleman Complex, taking over the management of the day-to-day operations of the tennis complex in addition to his coaching responsibilities.

What others are saying about Coach Foster:

Jeff Hammond, Head Coach, TCU
“I’m really happy for Colin. A great program has found a great coach. It’s a great match for both sides, and he’ll do very well there. I’m extremely proud of him.”

“[At TCU] Colin has taken the team and individual players to an extremely high level during his time here. There’s no doubt he’ll continue to do that in the future. He has a great tennis mind.”

Jay Louderback, Head Coach, Notre Dame
“I’ve had the chance to coach against him at the NCAA tournament quite a few times. I was very impressed with how he handled his kids. He was terrific with on-court adjustments during matches to put his kids in a good position to win. I think he’ll be a great fit at WSU.”

“It seems like his kids always really like playing for him. It always helps you when your kids respect you and enjoy playing for you. He’ll work them hard, but they’ll enjoy him, too.”

Mat Iandolo, Head Coach, Utah
“I’ve known Colin since he was a freshman at Purdue [while coaching women’s tennis at Purdue]. I’ve really enjoyed watching him develop from a very good college player to a great college coach. Now he’s been given the shot at coaching at a nationally ranked collegiate level, and I look forward to watching him excel there, too.”

“I’ve known him for quite a while. He’s a great guy with a great personality. He will be well-liked at WSU.”
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New Mexico associate coach Roy Canada takes over

New Mexico coach Kathy Kolankiewicz is retiring. Associate head coach, Roy Cañada will take over the program for the 2009-2010 season.

June 30, 2009

Kathy Kolankiewicz ended her final season as the head coach of the University of New Mexico women's tennis team after 24 years. The team finished 10-14 overall and 4-4 in the Mountain West Conference. Kolankiewicz posted double digit wins each year she coached at New Mexico and ended her tenure with an all-time record of 356-236.

Kolankiewicz earned her 350th win with a 4-3 victory on March 19 against UT-Arlington. She retired as the winningest coach in program history and guided the Lobos to seven NCAA Championship appearances her last 13 seasons. From 1986-2009 Kolankiewicz took the women's tennis team to either the finals or semifinals of the conference championships.
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Former Tennis Pro Joins OSU Coaching Staff (OK State)

Former Tennis Pro Joins OSU Coaching Staff

Tulsa - A former professional tennis player who has competed in all four of the sport's grand slams is now an assistant coach at Oklahoma State. OSU head women's tennis coach Chris Young announced the hiring of Jamea Jackson Thursday. "I am very excited to welcome Jamea to the OSU tennis family," Young said. "Her experiences as a player will be a tremendous asset to our current players and future Cowgirls. I am thankful to our administration for their commitment to building a championship program, and this is another piece toward doing just that." Jackson rose as high as number 45 in the world rankings in 2006 and also represented the United States as a member of the Federation Cup Team. "I am excited to join the OSU tennis program," Jackson said. "I am thankful for this amazing opportunity and hope to be an asset to Coach Young as well as our current and future players." Her victories as a pro include the 2005 International Tennis Federation event in Tucson, and the 2003 ITF event in Dallas. Her best appearance in a grand slam event was a second-round appearance at Wimbledon in 2005, winning in straight sets over Marta Marrero and falling in the second round to top seed Lindsay Davenport. Jackson also owns some victories in singles competition against some of the greatest in the World, including Jelena Jankovic, currently ranked number four, Marion Bartoli (14th) and Maria Sharapova (49th).

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Mississippi St. hires new coach Daryl Greenan

September 29, 2009

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Daryl Greenan, current head women's tennis coach at the University of Iowa and a former assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference, has been named Mississippi State University's 13th head women's tennis coach, MSU Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Tuesday. The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Greenan replaces Tracy Lane who, after 13 seasons at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs, resigned in August to pursue other career opportunities and family interests.

"I look forward to joining an incredible staff at Mississippi State. Greg Byrne is clearly leading an energetic department into a new and exciting era," Greenan said. "I'm also very excited for the opportunity to work in the Southeastern Conference again. Obviously, the league is extremely strong on the national level year-in and year-out and that certainly holds true in women's tennis."

The 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Greenan completed his fifth season as head coach of the Iowa women's tennis squad in 2008-09. In his five seasons at Iowa, Greenan and the Hawkeyes compiled a 64-51 overall record and a 28-23 mark in Big Ten play. Iowa posted winning seasons in four of his five seasons, also finishing in the top four of the conference three times, qualifying for the NCAA Championship twice and crowning 17 Academic all-Big Ten honorees.

"We are very excited to welcome Daryl, his wife Shannon and daughter Willa to our athletic family," MSU Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. "Daryl brings a wealth of experience with him, including an excellent resume at Iowa as well as valuable experience within our league. We look forward to watching him lead our women's tennis program into the future."

This past season, Iowa was ranked in the top 50 nationally at one point in the season. Greenan coached his top player to all-Big Ten status and that same player was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and ITA Midwest Regional Rookie of the Year. The Hawkeyes placed four players on the ITA Scholar-Athlete team and the entire team was named ITA All-Academic.

Iowa jumped out to its best start in 14 seasons (10-1) in 2007-08, finishing the season ranked 52nd in the nation. The team posted a 13-10 overall record and tied for sixth in the regular season standings. It was Iowa's sixth straight winning season, which set a school record. The Hawkeyes advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the fourth-straight season, and tied a school record with five academic all-Big Ten honorees. Two Hawkeye players were named all-Big Ten, with one of them setting the school record for most career singles wins and finished top 100 in the nation.

In 2006-07, the team finished fourth in the Big Ten and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight season. Despite a slower start to the season, the team picked up the pace in the spring and ended the year ranked sixth in the region and 51st in the nation. One of Greenan's players was an all-Big Ten selection.

The 2005-06 Iowa edition was a major success, as the squad went 9-1 in the Big Ten and posted a school-record second place finish in the conference. The team's overall record of 18-6 gave the Hawkeyes their best winning percentage (.750) in school history and Iowa qualified for the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive year - the sixth time overall. Those excellent results led to a No. 33 final national ranking. Several individuals recorded career-best seasons. Three Hawkeyes finished 9-1 in Big Ten play, the first time ever that three Hawkeyes earned Big Ten leading records for their respective positions in a single season. For his team's success that season, Greenan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Two of his players ended the year ranked in the top 100 nationally, including Meg Racette who was awarded all-Big Ten honors and finished the year ranked 35th. She became only the second Hawkeye ever to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship and the first to win a match in the draw.

In his first season at Iowa in 2004-05, Greenan led the Hawkeyes to a 14-10 record and an NCAA Championship appearance. The Hawkeyes also recorded a 7-3 mark in the Big Ten, finishing a then-school-best fourth in the league. The team ended the season ranked 45th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. One player earned all-Big Ten honors and another set the school record for most wins by a freshman.

Prior to becoming a Hawkeye, Greenan was assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Alabama for three years (2002-04). Working under head coach Jenny Mainz, Greenan was involved in all aspects of the Tide's women's tennis coaching responsibilities. While at Alabama, Greenan was named the 2004 ITA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He helped guide the Crimson Tide to two top 30 national rankings, one top 40 finish and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship.

Greenan also has ties to the north Mississippi area, having served as the head coach at Mississippi University for Women from 1998-2001. At MUW, he compiled a 41-25 record with the Blues. He was also an assistant men's and women's coach at Valdosta [GA] State for two years (1997-98) prior to that stint.

As a player, Greenan was a member of the men's tennis team at Valdosta State. He was the No. 1 singles player for two seasons, and was part of the No. 1 doubles team for three campaigns. Greenan was ranked in the top 20 in singles and achieved his highest doubles ranking in 1995, when he finished second in the nation. He was honored as part of the 1995 all-America team and earned all-Gulf South Conference honors three seasons. Greenan was inducted into the Valdosta State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Greenan and his wife, Shannon (a native of West Point, Miss.), have a three-year-old daughter, Willa. He earned his B.S. degree in health and fitness from Valdosta State in 1997.
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Katie Dougherty Named Iowa's Head Coach

Nov. 19, 2009

IOWA CITY, IA - The University of Iowa Athletics Department today announced that Katie Dougherty is the head coach of the women's tennis program. Dougherty is a five-year coaching veteran in the Big Ten Conference, having spent time at Penn State and Wisconsin. The announcement came from Senior Associate Athletics Director Jane Meyer.

"We are extremely excited to announce Katie Dougherty as our new women's tennis coach," said Meyer. "Katie brings coaching experiences from two other Big Ten institutions along with a Big Ten playing career. We are confident in her ability to teach and develop our student-athletes and to move our women's tennis program forward."

Dougherty most recently served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the women's tennis program and served as a co-director of Badger summer tennis camps. Her 2008 and 2009 recruiting classes received national recognition from Tennisrecruiting.net.

Dougherty served as an assistant coach at Penn State (2004-07) and American University (2003-04) before joining the Badgers. She helped guide American to the 2004 Patriot League title and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the University of Iowa," said Dougherty. "I could not have been more impressed with Iowa's support staff, facilities and people. I want to thank Jane Meyer, Gary Barta and the search committee for granting me this opportunity. The excitement around Iowa athletics is incredible and I look forward to building a top notch tennis program."

Before beginning her coaching career at the Western Racquet Club in 2003, Dougherty competed collegiately at Wisconsin (1999-2002). A four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, Dougherty finished her career with 45 singles victories. She was also a nationally-ranked doubles player, claiming 45 career doubles wins.

Since 2008, Dougherty has been a Professional Tennis Registry Certified Professional. She was a nationally-ranked junior player in singles and doubles and was the 1997 Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year. She graduated from Wisconsin in 2002 with a degree in English.
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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.

--www.MURedHawks.com--
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Wisconsin Milwaukee Names Sean McInerney New Coach

Local pro has had sucess at both DSHA and MSOE

Oct. 14, 2009

MILWAUKEE - Sean McInerney has been named the new women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Director of Athletics George Koonce announced today.

McInerney has served in a wide variety of tennis-related capacities across the Milwaukee area in recent years. He spent the past year as head coach of the men's team at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and has been the head coach of the girl's team at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School since 2004. He has also been a tennis professional in the state for the past 11 years.

"I am very excited to be given the opportunity to lead the UWM women's tennis program," McInerney said. "The athletic program at UWM has a long and rich history of success and I hope to add to that tradition over the years. I am also excited to start working with such a wonderful group of women and hope to maximize their game through raising the level of expectations, communication and hard work."

"We are very excited to have Sean join our staff as the tennis coach," Koonce said. "He has a proven track record of developing successful tennis players and in directing his teams to great success. He will be a great leader for our student-athletes and will work very hard to take our tennis program to a new level of success."

At DSHA, McInerney has helped his team finish in the top four of the final state Division I rankings in each of the last four seasons while also working to coach and develop three of the last five Wisconsin doubles champions.

This past season at MSOE, McInerney led the program to its most wins in school history, boosting the team total from five before he arrived in 2008 to 14 in 2009.

McInerney has also worked extensively at a pair of local tennis clubs. He has been the director of tennis at the Mequon Country Club since 2003 while serving as the adult director at the Paley Tennis Center since 2006.

In all, McInerney has coached and developed 11 Division I tennis players and 13 state singles and doubles champions.

"I envision a team that works harder than anyone in the league and loves to compete on the court and in the classroom," McInerney said. "Getting this team to the next level will not be easy, but through hard work and a rejuvenated desire to win, it can be done. I am very determined to push this team to ensure they are the best they can be. We will compete for each and every point and, if we do this, we will achieve our goals over the next couple of years."

McInerney played collegiately at Carthage College, where he finished his career fourth on the school's all-time wins list and was a four-time all-conference selection.
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Holy Cross Names Lisa Meola Head Coach

Aug 18, 2009

Holy Cross Names Lisa Meola Head Women's Tennis Coach

WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has named Lisa Meola as the new head women's tennis coach, as announced by athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. today. No stranger to Holy Cross, Meola was the assistant tennis coach during the 2008-2009 season.

Prior to her tenure at Holy Cross, Meola was head coach of the Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) women's tennis team for seven seasons. While there, she compiled an overall record of 137-7 and coached the squad to three consecutive Division II State championships.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach at Holy Cross," said Meola. "It's a great program with hard-working and motivated student-athletes. It will be such a pleasure to work with the entire athletic community, and I am happy to have become a part of it."

Meola began her coaching career in 2004, where she coached the Clark tennis teams. She also has experience as a tennis instructor at the Paxton Sports Centre in Paxton, Mass. A 1998 graduate of Clark, Meola received her educational provisional certificate in 2001. She currently resides in Holden, Mass.
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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.
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Cal St. Bakersfield cuts tennis

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Ongoing budget shortfalls continue to create severe financial difficulties for higher education in California. California State University, Bakersfield, is not immune to this reality. As part of campus–wide reductions to help deal with the on–going financial crisis, CSUB Athletics will be discontinuing men’s and women’s golf, tennis and wrestling as intercollegiate sports, effective with 2010–11 academic year.

“This was an extremely agonizing decision, born of extreme circumstances and reached after painstaking deliberation,” said CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell. “We are facing unprecedented challenges, not only in the upcoming year but into the foreseeable future. The decisions we announce today are crafted to help ensure a sustainable program that will allow Roadrunner Athletics to continue to be a successful part of the mission of CSUB.”

In the face of rising expenses across the spectrum, Roadrunner Athletics is facing an anticipated shortfall of approximately $700,000 for 2010–11. While that cut is substantial in its own right, it is part of a much larger series of revenue cuts and increasing expenses over the past four years.

“We have absorbed the revenue shortfalls and rising expenses over the past several years through cuts in support staffing and services,” said CSUB Director of Athletics Rudy Carvajal. “We have done our best to mitigate the direct impact to teams and student–athletes, but the unprecedented depth and breadth of the ongoing financial crisis requires extraordinary measures to ensure the long–term sustainability of the Roadrunner Athletics program.”

The affected teams will continue to compete through the completion of the current academic year. All student–athletes with remaining eligibility will have the option of transferring or continuing their education at CSUB. Affected scholarship student–athletes will continue to receive their athletics scholarships for the 2010–11 academic year, should they choose to remain at CSUB. Salaried coaches will remain on staff until the completion of the current contracts in June.
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South Alabama men receive NCAA sanctions

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It's the 2nd month of the Spring season and South Alabama only has 4 players on their roster.
Believe it or not the South Alabama men's tennis team is in worst shape.

The men's tennis coach provided more than $12,000 in impermissible financial aid to five international players over a six-year period.

NCAA Penalties: Three years' probation; reduction in scholarships; four-year NCAA show-cause order for coach; permanent disassociation of coach with South Alabama's program; forfeiture of victories; one-year postseason ban.
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