Stephanie Nickitas enters her second year as the Duke assistant women’s tennis coach in 2006-07, after arriving at Duke in the fall of 2005 following a three-season stint as an assistant coach at Harvard.
Her first year at Duke saw the Blue Devils go 20-8 overall and 9-1 in ACC play, as Melissa Mang became the sixth Blue Devil freshman all-time to receive ACC Rookie of the Year honors. Nickitas coached All-America Daniela Bercek in 2005-06, saw three players receive All-ACC honors and guided two players to the NCAA Singles Championships. The Blue Devils ended the 2005-06 campaign ranked ninth in the final ITA rankings.
In her three years at Harvard, Nickitas helped the Crimson to three Ivy League crowns, its highest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national ranking of No. 11 on two different occasions, two NCAA Final 16 appearances and three straight undefeated regular seasons in league play. Last season, Nickitas was named the ITA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
A six-time All-America at the University of Florida, Nickitas was the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Doubles champion and a 1998 NCAA Doubles finalist during her time as a Gator. Nickitas was a seven-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion, four-time first-team All-SEC selection and a member of two USTA National Teams. She was the winner of four collegiate Grand Slam titles, and her name is etched in the Gator record books.
At Florida, Nickitas is second in doubles win percentage (128-15, 89.5%), fifth in singles win percentage (128-22, 85.3%), second in single-season doubles wins (41 in 1996) and eighth all-time in singles victories (127).
Nickitas was instrumental in helping Florida post an impressive 120-3 record during her playing tenure, including NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998, NCAA runner-up finishes in 1997 and 1999, National Team Indoor titles in 1996, ‘97 and ‘99, four SEC regular season titles and SEC Tournament crowns in 1996, ‘97 and ‘98.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Nickitas graduated in 1999 with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Florida. She received GTE Academic All-America honors in 1998, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and NCAA Top Eight Award in 1999 and was named to the SEC Academic Honor roll from 1995-99.