Aug. 4, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lisa Hart was named the Washington State University Head Tennis Coach, Cougar Senior Associate Athletic Director Marcia Saneholtz announced Monday.
Hart, a native of Sunnyside, Wash., comes to WSU from Virginia Tech where she spent the last three seasons leading the Hokie program.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the next head women's tennis coach at Washington State University," Hart said. "The athletic department at WSU is a first class organization and I feel fortunate to be returning to the state of Washington as a member of the Cougar family."
Hart takes over a Cougar program that has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six seasons.
"Lisa made a huge impression on everyone during the interview process," Saneholtz said. "Her high energy level and enthusiasm as well as her desire to be at WSU are huge assets. She will continue the success of Cougar tennis."
Virginia Tech won 45 matches during Hart's tenure and was ranked nationally at the end of last season. The Hokies tied for third in the 2003 Big East Tournament after losing to No. 20 Miami in the semifinals.
Prior to Virginia Tech, Hart was an assistant coach at her alma mater Nebraska. During her stint, the Cornhuskers were 36-13.
As a player, Hart was a standout at Nebraska. She won 74 singles matches, was named 1995 Big Eight Freshman of the Year, and won the Big 12 No. 2 singles title as a senior. In addition, she was a two-time all-conference selection and a three-time academic all-conference honoree.