ATLANTA -- Robin Stephenson has been named interim head coach of the Georgia State women’s tennis team for the 2013-14 season, Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick announced Tuesday.
“Robin is a talented tennis coach and I am pleased to give her this leadership opportunity,” Levick said. “She understands the high standards we expect of both our coaches and players, and has the background to teach the game and develop talent. I am excited to watch her coach this team.”
Stephenson steps into the position in place of Miha Lisac, who was recently named head coach at West Virginia.
“I want to thank Cheryl Levick and Jamie Boggs for giving me this opportunity to continue to build the program and lead it to the highest level,” Stephenson said. “I am eager to work with this team and help it compete for a conference championship and NCAA berth. We have a talented freshman class joining us and a very solid group of returners who I am extremely excited about working with as we continue to raise the standard at GSU.”
In July, Stephenson was promoted to associate head coach after being hired as an assistant for the Panthers in 2012. In her first year, Stephenson, a former professional tennis player and All-American at Alabama, helped the Panthers to a second-place finish in their inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference.
Stephenson is also a former pro player on the WTA tour, competing for two years before sustaining a significant knee injury. She reached as high as No. 152 in the world rankings in doubles and No. 432 in singles. She held a 101-53 record as doubles player and won 13 professional doubles titles. She competed all around the world and in lead up WTA events to the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open Series. She also played World Team Tennis as a substitute in the 2007 and 2008 for the Delaware Smash and the New York Sportimes. She was coached by former ATP player Bryan Shelton for two years.
Stephenson’s decorated career at Alabama included an All-American Selection, being named a three-year team captain, All-Southeastern Conference first team selection and competing in the individual NCAA tournament 2004-06. She was ranked as high as No. 4 in singles and No. 6 in doubles in the nation. All four years Stephenson was at Alabama, the Crimson Tide appeared in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Stephenson was selected for the USTA Collegiate Summer Traveling Team and competed in the All-American Championships, ITA National Indoor Championships and NCAA Championships.
After her playing career, Stephenson joined the Georgia Tech women’s tennis staff for three years as a volunteer assistant coach. During that time, the Yellow Jackets won the NCAA championship in 2007, as well as the National Team Indoors and the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
Stephenson is a native of Kitchener, Ontario and graduated with a degree in communications and information sciences from Alabama in 2006. She was a three-time national champion in Canadian juniors.
The Panthers will return five of their top six singles players from last season and will kick off their season with the Atlanta Classic on Sept. 27.