Holzberg Joins Tennis Staff
- By Jonathan Hevron
- October 10, 2013 08:59 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University and coach Miha Lisac have announced the hiring of new assistant tennis coach Lauren Holzberg.
“I am excited and honored to be coaching in the Big 12, one of the best conferences in the nation,” says Holzberg. “I am looking forward to guiding the team to a successful season. I will do my best to help move the WVU tennis program forward and take it to the next level.”
Holzberg comes to WVU after spending one season as the head women’s tennis coach at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. She guided the Knights to an undefeated conference season, and a Skyline Conference championship. On the way to a NCAA Tournament berth, several players under Holzberg garnered player and rookie of the week honors.
Before becoming a head coach, Holzberg spent three seasons as an assistant at the University of Albany. With Holzberg on staff, the Great Danes were two-time America East Conference consolation winners, and received both a singles and doubles America East All-conference selection, only the fourth time in program history having a player named to the all-conference team.
Holzberg’s first assistant coach position came at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. In 2009-10, the Blue won 12 matches and finished ranked No. 16 in the NCAA Division III rankings. Holzberg was an active part of coaching the 2009 NEWMAC Athlete of the Year.
"We are excited to have Lauren on board as our assistant coach,” says Lisac. “Lauren has played at a high level herself, and has extensive coaching experience prior to joining our program. I believe she will help us take steps forward in building the program.”
As a player, Holzberg won a team-best 18 singles matches as a freshman at Penn State, and finished the season ranked No. 75 in the NCAA. Over her four years with the Nittany Lions, Holzberg played in singles positions 1-5, and doubles. She tallied over 30 invitational singles victories, and was a member of both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team and the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Holzberg graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. She earned a Master’s of Science in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Albany in 2012.