ATLANTA- Georgia State women’s tennis is happy to announce the addition of new assistant Alex Leatu to the Panther family. Leatu will work with head coach Jason Marshall on player development and recruiting.

“Alex brings an amazing energy and passion to college coaching”, said head coach Jason Marshall. “She has been very successful in her playing and coaching career and I have no doubt that she will play a huge part guiding our team to success. She is a hard worker and driven through process oriented goals to get better each day.”

Prior to joining Georgia State, Leatu spent two years as the head coach at the University of New Haven. Leautu’s coaching career stretches back as far as 2010, when she became the Tennis Pro at Glenmoor Country Club. She also served as an instructor for three years at Denver University’s Nike Tennis Camp.

The Colorado native began her collegiate career at Vanderbilt University, where she became the first freshman to start at number one singles in school history. Leatu would go on to earn Second Team All-SEC honors, and be named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. She would later lead the Commodores to a sweet sixteen win over top-five Tennessee.

Leatu would transfer to Baylor University and help the Bears to two Big 12 Conference championships. She was named to the Deans List all three years at Baylor, and was recognized on the Big 12 Commissioners Honor Roll every semester. Leatu finished her collegiate career ranked in the top-50 in both singles and doubles.

Leatu competed in her first competitive tournament at age eight. She reached the top ten in UTSA rankings for 14, 16, and 18 and under. She has won two silver balls in UTSA doubles play, one bronze ball in UTSA singles play, and two ITF grade 3 tournaments.

Leatu and the Panthers will begin their fall schedule in Statesboro at the Georgia Southern Invitational this weekend.