DURHAM, N.C. - Duke women’s tennis assistant coach Stephanie Nickitas has been named head coach of the women’s tennis team at the University of Central Florida, as was announced on Monday by UCF officials.
With Nickitas on the staff, Duke compiled a record of 12-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships in 2007. In 2006, the Blue Devils finished the season ranked ninth nationally and went 20-8 overall and 9-1 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the UCF program and am looking forward to taking the women's tennis program to the next level," said Nickitas. "The hardest part was leaving Duke and an amazing team and all the great people I came in contact with while at Duke. I learned a tremendous amount at Duke and will be forever grateful for the opportunities I was given there.”
"Steph has been a great asset in all areas of our program," said Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth. "It is tough to lose someone who brings so much to a team, however, this was an opportunity that she could not pass up. On behalf of our entire team and all of those associated with our team, we of course wish her the best of luck in her new position."
Prior to her two-year stint at Duke, Nickitas spent three years as an assistant at Harvard. In those three campaigns, she helped the Crimson claim three Ivy League championships. Harvard made two appearances in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and went undefeated in Ivy League play during Nickitas' tenure.
Following the 2005 season, Nickitas was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association East Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Nickitas was a standout player at Florida from 1996-99, earning All-America recognition six times for the Gators. She won 128 singles matches during her career and earned All-Southeastern Conference first team honors all four years. Nickitas won four collegiate Grand Slam titles and was the 1996 and 1997 NCAA doubles champion. A member of the Gators' 1996 and 1998 national championship squads, she ranks second in program history in doubles winning percentage (128-15, .895).
A native of Tampa, Fla., Nickitas earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida in 1999. She received GTE Academic All-America honors in 1998 and was awarded with the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following her senior campaign.
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