Head coach Jeff Wyshner was named the Carolina Region’s Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, while junior Luisa Fernandez received the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
Wake Forest will open its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009 on May 13 against Baylor in Athens, Ga.
Additions of Anna Ulyashchenko and Emma Davis earns Deacons' class top-10 ranking
The Deacons open dual match season on Monday, playing host the Cougars at 10 a.m. and Eagles at 6 p.m.
The Demon Deacons will face 14 opponents who made the NCAA Tournament in 2014
The Demon Deacons host 16 teams in the annual Wake Forest Invitational this upcoming weekend at their home tennis complex.
Second Round of the 2017 ACC Women's Tennis Championships vs. Louisville (April 27, 2017)
Wake Forest women's tennis vs. Notre Dame Friday, March 17 - Wake Forest Tennis Complex
Wake Forest University held its annual Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16.
Wyshner has signed five consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, the latest consisting of Lexi Franco and Chandler Carter. Last year's class of Emma Davis, Anna Ulyashchenko and Joanna Zalewski made an immediate impact in its first season, combining for 54 dual-match singles wins, all at the top four positions. Davis reached No. 103 in the national singles rankings, the highest for a Wake Forest freshman since 2006, while Ulyashchenko collected the first ACC Player of the Week honor by a Deacon rookie since 2004 and finished ranked 44th in doubles with Kimmy Guerin. Zalewski set a school record with 10 ACC singles triumphs and led the team with 30 victories overall, the highest total by a Deacon since 2002.
Wyshner's efforts to bring the program back to being one of the best in the ACC began to take a tangible effect in 2013 when the Deacs won back-to-back ACC matches against Virginia Tech and Maryland. Despite a disappointing 3-19 finish, the Deacs were on the verge of a much better mark, dropping seven matches by a 4-3 scoreline.
The program continued the turn in 2014 when Wake Forest improved its record by nine wins to finish 12-13 on the season. Luisa Fernandez and Kasey Gardiner each posted more than 40 combined wins between singles and doubles and Wake Forest had its best campaign since winning 13 matches in 2009.
During the 2014 season, Wake Forest beat six ranked opponents and earned its first ACC Championship victory in the first round of the tournament by defeating Maryland 4-1. Wyshner also earned his 200th win as a women's tennis coach with a 4-3 victory over in-state rival NC State during the year.
In 2015, Wake Forest broke through in a big way in posting its first winning season since 2007 with a 14-13 record, including four conference victories. At season's end, Wyshner had coached Guerin to third team All-ACC honors, a No. 118 singles ranking nationally, a No. 12 singles ranking in the Carolina region and a No. 10 doubles ranking with Gardiner in the Carolina Region. As a team, Wake Forest checked in at No. 5 in the region, up one spot from its 2014 finish.
The program's rise carried on in 2016, when the Deacs' first-ever 9-0 start propelled the team to a 19-10 overall record and a 7-7 mark 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.
The team also racked up nine ranked wins and reached the ACC Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in six years after receiving a first-round bye and blanking Virginia Tech, 4-0, in the second round.
In addition to the Demon Deacons' impressive rookie class, Guerin led the team in her junior season, earning her second-straight all-league plaudit by being named Second Team All-ACC. She finished No. 67 nationally in singles and No. 44 in doubles with Ulyashchenko. She was also the first Demon Deacon in five years to earn a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships.
The Deacs' stellar 2015-16 campaign earned Wyshner ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year honors.
In Wyshner's first two years at the helm of the Demon Deacons, he guided a number of players to impressive individual achievements. The doubles duo of Kayla Duncan and Kathryn Talbert rose as high as No. 7 in the nation, making the two the third-highest ranked doubles team in school history. The tandem reached the doubles quarterfinals at the 2011 ITA All-American Championships and advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Doubles Championships.
In 2011, Martina Pavelec peaked at No. 24 in the national singles rankings, which was the highest mark for a Deacon since the 2005 season. Duncan took over the top position with a strong singles performance in 2012, reaching as high as No. 63 in the country. Both players earned All-ACC honors.
Prior to his time at Wake Forest, Wyshner was the head coach at University of Akron, where he served from 2006-10. Under Wyshner, Akron reached new heights and national recognition. In 2009-10, he led the Zips to one of the best seasons in program history. Akron won its first 15 matches of the season and at one point was the only undefeated Division I squad in the nation. The team posted a 19-3 overall record and finished second in the Mid-American Conference, the best finish in conference play in program history. In 2008-09, Akron had its first winning season since 1996 and featured the first-ever freshman to win the MAC Player of the Year award in Zara Harutyunyan.
Wyshner built a reputation as a top-notch recruiter at Akron, as his incoming freshman class for the 2009-10 season was voted the 33rd best in the country and third best among mid-majors. The accomplishment came on the heels of his class ranking No. 34 nationally in 2008-09 and No. 12 among mid-majors. Both years, Akron's incoming class had been rated the highest in the MAC. Prior to the two ranked classes, Akron had never had a ranked recruiting class.
In January 2007, Wyshner completed the USA Tennis High Performance Coaching Program. The program is a highly-selective education program designed by the USTA to offer, "one of the highest-quality coaching education experiences in the world," and whose graduates are meant to be a, "publically recognized group of America's leading coaches." Generally restricted to junior development coaches, Wyshner was one of six college coaches selected to the class of 30. In the summer of 2009, he was selected for two USTA Continuing Education Programs for graduates of the High Performance Coaching Program, one at the Girl's 18s National Championships and a particularly selective program held in conjunction with the 2009 US Open.
Before arriving at Akron, Wyshner had been the head coach of both the men's and women's tennis teams at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. for five seasons from 2002-06. He was also the women's tennis coach at Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y., from 1994-2001.
In his five seasons at Fairfield, Wyshner quickly brought the men's and women's teams to the upper echelon of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with one championship season, one second-place finish and five third-place marks. His successes earned him MAAC Women's Coach of the Year honors in 2004, when the team advanced to the program's first-ever Division I NCAA Championship appearance. In 2005, he earned the MAAC Men's Coach of the Year award after the team equaled a program-best 12 wins and notched a third-place finish in the league standings. He is the only coach in MAAC history to have been named Coach of the Year for both men's and women's tennis.
During his final season at Fairfield, Wyshner was honored as the New England Sectional winner of the USTA/ITA Community Service Award. The honor goes to a coach who made significant contributions in developing community-based tennis programs through community centers, schools, parks, community tennis associations, inner-city, suburban or rural programs.
In eight years as head coach of the women's team at Manhattan, he became the program's winningest coach with a 70-54 overall record to go with a 33-15 mark against MAAC opponents. The highlight of his stay came in 2000-01 when the Jaspers went 13-4 overall with a 6-1 MAAC record and fought their way to their first-ever appearance in the MAAC championship match.
Wyshner's teams have also historically excelled in the classroom having now received the ITA's All-Academic Team honor nine times (four at Manhattan, two at Fairfield, twice at Wake Forest and once at Akron). Furthermore, his athletes have received either the ITA Scholar-Athlete All-American Award or their respective conference all-academic team recognition 86 times.
A native of Canaan, Conn., Wyshner graduated cum laude from Yale with a degree in economics and mathematics. He was a two-time recipient of the university's Junior Varsity Tennis Award, given to the individual who, through his dedication and ability, contributed the most to the program. Wyshner also earned a master's of arts degree in educational administration from the Teachers College at Columbia in 1996 and his juris doctorate from Columbia Law School in 2000. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Wyshner began his coaching career in 1992 at the St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. While a teaching intern in the mathematics department, Wyshner served as a boys' and girls' varsity tennis coach, a girls' junior varsity soccer coach and a boys' varsity basketball coach. In 1993, Wyshner started a four-year stint in the mathematics department at Horace Mann High School in Riverdale, N.Y. Two of his girl's basketball teams were ranked in the top five in the state's Class D. In 1999, while in his final year of law school, Wyshner took over as Manhattan's director of sports media relations, a post he held until leaving for Fairfield in 2001. During the summer and fall semesters of 2008, Wyshner returned to the classroom, this time at Akron, as a teacher of Calculus with Business Applications.
Wyshner, a Level I member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and his wife Jennifer have two children, an 9-year-old son, Landon, and a 6-year-old daughter, Sophie.
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