ATLANTA- Georgia State announced the promotion of Alex Leatu to women’s tennis head coach on Friday.

Leatu will enter her second season with the Panthers, having joined the program in September, 2017 as an assistant coach. Her duties included recruiting and player development.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Mr. Charlie Cobb and Mr. Brian Kelly, for their support, encouragement and trust”, said Leatu. “Georgia State University has an amazing community and I’ve felt a sense of belonging here from the very first day.”

In her first season with GSU, Leatu helped the Panthers to a Sun Belt Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. She worked closely with Kristin Rehse who won Sun Belt Player of the Yea and All-Sun Belt First Team honors; as well as Second Team All-Sun Belt selection Damira Muminović.

“I am thrilled to accept the position as the women’s tennis head coach and to continue to set a standard of excellence for our program. We have a special group of individuals that make up this team and I can’t wait to get back to work with them.”

Prior to joining Georgia State, Leatu spent two years as the head coach at the University of New Haven before working as a high performance coach at the T Bar M Raquet Club in Dallas. 

The Colorado native began her collegiate playing career at Vanderbilt, where she became the first freshman to start at number one singles in school history. Leatu earned All-SEC Second Team honors and was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. She would later lead the Commodores to a Sweet 16 win over top-five Tennessee.

Leatu transferred to Baylor and helped the Bears to two Big 12 Conference Championships. She was named to the Dean’s List all three years at Baylor and was recognized on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester. Leatu finished her collegiate career ranked in the top-50 in both singles and doubles.

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