Wake Forest women's tennis assistant coach Andy Roland was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the Carolina Region on Tuesday.
The co-ed tennis camp will be held with the same instructors at a reduced rate
Wake Forest University held its annual Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16.
Roland was recognized as the top assistant coach in the ITA Carolina Region in May 2015 after helping Wake Forest to its best win total since the 2009 season with a 14-13 record.
Under Roland and head coach Jeff Wyshner, the team improved again in 2016. The team got off to its first-ever 9-0 start and finished 19-10 overall and 7-7 in the ACC. The Deacs’ 19 wins were their most since 2002 and their seventh-place ACC finish and No. 29 final national ranking were their best since 2007. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 after getting up to No. 14 in the national rankings during the regular season.
Roland has helped a number of Demon Deacons record individual accomplishments. He helped guide Kayla Duncan and Kathryn Talbert to a No. 7 national doubles ranking and a second-round appearance in the 2011 NCAA Doubles Championships and also helped lead Martina Pavelec into the top-25 in the singles rankings in 2011. Additionally, he helped Kimmy Guerin back-to-back All-ACC honors in 2015 and 2016 and a final singles ranking of No. 67 in the nation in 2016. As a junior, Guerin reached as high as No. 44 and went on to become the first Demon Deacon in five years to earn a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships, showing the work Roland had done with her in a short period of time.
During the 2014 season, Roland helped freshmen Luisa Fernandez and Samantha Asch reach No. 50 in the doubles rankings as they anchored the No. 2 position for the Demon Deacons, finishing with a 21-8 record together, the most wins by a doubles team since Katie Martzolf and Danielle Schwartz also had 21 in 2003.
His talent evaluation skills paid off in recruiting as Wake Forest's 2013 incoming class was ranked as the eighth-best in the country, coming on the heels of the 2012 class that was 25th nationally by the Tennis Recruiting Network. Perhaps the best show of his talent evaluation came when the 2015 Demon Deacon class was ranked No. 7 in the country by Tennis Recruiting Network, marking the highest ranking in program history.
The 2015-16 rookie class paid immediate dividends, producing 54 dual-match singles wins, all at the top four positions. The Deacs add their fifth-consecutive top-25 recruiting class in 2016-17 as Lexi Franco and Chandler Carter join the fold.
Roland joined the Zips coaching staff as an assistant coach while working at Towpath Tennis Center in Akron. While at Akron, Roland worked extensively with Zips player Zara Harutyunyan, helping her become the first-ever freshman to win the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year award. In his last season with the Zips, Akron started the year 15-0 en route to finishing 19-3 and earning a second-place finish in the MAC.
Roland earned numerous honors while playing collegiately at Glendale Community College, being named an All-American and receiving the ITA Player to Watch Award in 1999. He was named the Western State Conference Player of the Year in 1999 and 2001, and was also awarded the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 2001.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2005, Roland played on the professional circuit, recording a notable singles win over Sam Querrey. His younger sister Jessica Roland-Rosario has competed in the Fed Cup for Puerto Rico.
Roland and his wife, Amber, reside in Winston-Salem with their son, Austin, who was born in May 2014. Andy is the son of George and Nayda Roland, who currently reside in Hollywood, Calif.
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