Tempe, AZ – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is pleased to announce the selections for the inaugural class of the ITA Rising Coaches program. The Rising Coaches program is aimed at assisting current, or recently graduated, student-athletes who are interested in a career in college tennis coaching through an intensive two-week online program.

All of the following individuals have been selected to participate in the first ITA Rising Coaches session which will be held from June 7th through June 23rd:

Magdalini Adaloglou, Mississippi State University
Victoria Allen, Florida State University
Bonolo Arroyo Valenzuela, Lewis-Clark State College
Umit “Ege” Cankus, Idaho State University
Leonardo Galarza, Piedmont University
Charlotte Gisclon, Fresno State University
Daniela Hláčiková, SE Missouri State University
Daria Georgiana Jula, Delaware State University
Peter Kovats, Southern Wesleyan University
Julio Lopes Polesi, Emmanuel University

Jackeline Lopez, Rutgers University
Noelia Lorca, Tarleton State University
Anne Mathema, Lewis-Clark State College
Ana Morett, Weber State Universit
Michelle Ncube, Georgia State University
Tom Pisane, University of South Florida
Emma Lou Pommiers, McNeese State University
Mia Rabiowitz, LSU
Kitsa Scime, Daemen University
Abigail Wild, Hawaii Pacific University

This class of 20 current & former student-athletes will be taking a deep dive into their leadership traits and learning the best practices for their first year as an assistant coach. Upon completion, the participants will gain an understanding of the expectations and desired abilities of a college tennis assistant coach and the competencies necessary for a career in college tennis coaching.

With selections representing 19 schools and the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, as well as NAIA levels of play, this year’s class will bring a wide variety of perspectives and college tennis experience to the program as they all look to continue their time in college tennis as a coach.

If you are interested in taking part in a future ITA Rising Coaches session, please contact the ITA Director of Coach Education, Lauren Conching ([email protected]) who will contact you with more information once a new session is launched.


About The ITA: The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body and coaches association of college tennis, both an advocate and an authority for the sport and its members. Comprised of 1,260 colleges and universities, 20,000 student-athletes, 1,700 varsity programs, 3,000 coaches, and 1,350 college tennis officials, the ITA empowers college tennis coaches at all levels to deliver vibrant tennis programs that are vital to their college communities and transformational to their student-athletes. Follow the college tennis season on the ITA website and ITA social channels on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

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