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University of Miami Elevates Yaroshuk-Tews to Director of Men’s and Women’s Tennis

University of Miami Elevates Yaroshuk-Tews to Director of Men’s and Women’s Tennis

University of Miami Vice President/Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich recently announced a restructuring of the tennis programs, elevating head women’s coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews to Director of Men’s and Women’s Tennis and promoting Alex Santos to head men’s tennis coach.

As Director of Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Yaroshuk-Tews will have oversight of both the men’s and women’s programs and continue serving as the head coach of the women’s team. She is Miami’s all-time winningest tennis coach with 425 career wins over 23 seasons. This past season she led the Hurricanes to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the 15th time and coached Alexa Noel to the NCAA singles title – the third time she has coached a Miami singles champion.

Santos has served as associate women’s head coach at Miami the past four seasons, his second stint in Coral Gables. He previously worked at UM under Yaroshuk-Tews from 2009-13. Santos earned ITA National Assistant Coach honors in 2013 before departing to become the head women’s coach at Pittsburgh. Since returning to Miami, he has twice been named ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

“Paige is one of the most accomplished coaches in college tennis and she has a clear vision for how Miami tennis should collectively look, feel and function,” Radakovich said. “I am excited to see how she helps the student-athletes in both of our tennis programs maximize their talents.

Above: Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. Photo: University of Miami.

Overall, Yaroshuk-Tews has led the Miami women’s team to one national runner-up finish in 2006, eight Elite Eight appearances and 15 Sweet 16s. She has coached 20 All-Americans and four Atlantic Coast Conference Players of the Year. She was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. As a student-athlete, Yaroshuk-Tews was a two-time All-American at UCLA, helping the Bruins advance to the Final Four as a senior.

“I want to thank Dan Radakovich for giving me this unique opportunity,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Miami tennis has a special place in my heart, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to oversee both men’s and women’s tennis at The U. We will work collectively as programs, as staffs and as a community to succeed at the highest level.”

Santos led the Panthers for six years, leading Pittsburgh to its first win over a ranked foe and guiding the program’s first players to earn ITA singles and doubles rankings. Prior to returning to Coral Gables, he worked at Baylor for one season as associate head coach.

“Alex [Santos] is an energetic leader, sharp tactician, and tireless recruiter, and I am confident he will help build our men’s program into a consistent winner,” ,” said Radakovich.

“It is a dream come true to be able to lead the men’s tennis program at the University of Miami under the direction of my mentor Paige Yaroshuk-Tews,” Santos said. “I would like to thank Dan Radakovich, Senior Deputy Director of Athletics Brian Baptiste and Deputy Director of Athletics Rachelle Paul for believing in our shared vision of transforming and elevating Miami tennis. Go Canes!”

A native of Oeiras, Portugal, Santos was one of the top-ranked junior players in Portugal and graduated from Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa in 2005.


Source/Top Photo: University of Miami.

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