EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Chris King announced today that Stephanie Vallejos has been hired to be the new women's tennis head coach for the Broncs. Earlier this month Paul Goode was named head men's tennis coach.
Vallejos, a native of Benicia, California, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University under Director of Tennis Kim Bruno. She helped the NAU women's team reach the Big Sky Conference title match on four consecutive occasions and last season led the squad to a No. 9 ranking in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Division-I Mountain Region Rankings. The Lumberjacks went 7-1 in Big Sky play in 2011.
"I am excited to have Stephanie Vallejos join our staff as the head coach for the women's tennis program," Director of Athletics Chris King said. "The dedication and hard work Stephanie put into being an assistant coach at Northern Arizona impressed us as well as her desire to become a Division I head coach. I'm sure our student-athletes will enjoy working with her as we prepare for the 2011-2012 tennis season."
Vallejos' final year as a collegiate player for NAU was stellar. She helped lead the Lumberjacks to 15 wins overall and a 7-1 record in the Big Sky Conference. She amassed a 15-6 singles record and a 7-1 mark in conference play. She also went 16-5 (7-1 Big Sky) in doubles competition in 2008. That season was the first of the four consecutive Big Sky final appearances for the Lumberjacks.
"I am very excited to be a part of the tennis program at UTPA and I look forward to working hard with the girls to turn our upcoming year into a season of great success," Vallejos said. "The UTPA staff made my recent visit to campus very inviting and I look forward to joining the team and working together with them"
The search committee to find the newest member of the UTPA coaching staff was led by Associate Athletic Director for Student Services and Senior Woman Administrator Angela Hubbard.
"I would be remiss if I didn't thank Angela Hubbard for her leadership during this search," King added. "Her leg work and research for both the men's head tennis and head women's tennis search was an important part in the gathering of information towards the talent pool for this position."
"We think we have found a bright young leader for UTPA women's tennis in Stephanie Vallejos." Hubbard said. "She will fit right in and will be a great role model for our women's tennis student-athletes."
Vallejos will officially take the reigns of the women's tennis program on August 24.