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Davidson Names Depka Head Women's Tennis Coach

Release: 06/29/2017
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DAVIDSON, N.C.  — Davidson Director of Athletics Jim Murphy and school officials announced today that Susanne Depka has been named the next head women's tennis coach.
 
"Susanne's knowledge of the game, understanding of our program and relationship with the team create a special opportunity for our women's tennis program," said Murphy. "I'm very pleased with the appointment of Susanne to be our next head women's tennis coach."
 
Depka has been with the program since August of 2014 as assistant coach and takes over for Sara Anundsen O'Leary, who became the head coach at the University of Virginia, June 12.
 
A former professional player on the WTA tour, Depka has helped the Wildcats excel during their three-year run in the Atlantic 10. Davidson has sported a 45-21 overall mark with a 15-2 record in league matches. It reached the league championship match in 2016 before falling to VCU to finish the year 18-5 overall, the most wins since 2008.
 
"I want to thank Jim Murphy and Assistant Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator Katy McNay for providing me with this opportunity and believing in my vision for the program," said Depka. "I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to lead this amazing team. Davidson is a special community and I am so grateful to be a part of it. I'm extremely excited to continue to build upon the success of the tennis program. My goal is to help the student-athletes improve on the tennis court as well as off. The development of the athlete's character is one of the most important aspects of the program and I am committed to continue to grow this tremendous culture." 
 
While at Davidson, Depka has helped coach six Wildcats to all-conference honors, including junior Anna Catharine Feaster who has been a three-time first-team pick. The 'Cats have also won an A-10 weekly award 25 times.
 
Depka came to Davidson after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at North Carolina State from 2010-2014. During her four-year stay at N.C. State, she helped the Wolfpack reach two NCAA appearances. In her first season, Depka helped the team achieve a No. 25 national ranking, the highest in school history and advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Prior to her time at N.C. State, Depka spent seven years co-directing a high performance junior tennis program in North Carolina. During her time with the program, she helped develop over 15 nationally ranked players who went on to play Division I college tennis on scholarship.

Before arriving in the state of North Carolina, Depka was an assistant coach at Northwestern from 1998 through 2000. In her first year on staff, Northwestern captured the Big Ten regular season title, made the Big Ten tournament championship match, and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The following year, Northwestern repeated as regular season champions and received a top 20 national ranking.
 
Depka played professionally prior to her experience at Northwestern, achieving a top-500 world ranking in WTA singles and doubles. In addition to her touring career, Depka represented the United States in the 1995 Pan American games in Argentina, winning one silver and two bronze medals, and reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles at the 1997 World Maccabi games in Israel.
 
Depka attended the University of Illinois from 1993 to 1997, receiving the team's most improved player award as a freshman and most valuable player as a senior. She also succeeded academically, earning the George Huff Award for achieving a 4.0 grade point average.
 
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