OXFORD, Ohio—Yana S. Carollo has been named the Miami University head women’s tennis coach, Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Thursday. Carollo comes to Miami after spending eight of the last 10 years as the associate head women’s tennis coach at Virginia Commonwealth University.
"We are excited to welcome Yana to Miami Athletics,” said Sayler. “The search committee came away from the interview process impressed with her results in the national rankings, her emphasis on academics, her creativity in training, her integrity and family values. Yana has proven she can recruit and develop student-athletes, expects excellence and has the vision to take us to the next level as a program."
“I want to thank David Sayler and the hiring committee for giving me this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started as the head women’s tennis coach at Miami University,” said Carollo. “I will work hard to achieve the goals we set for the women’s tennis program. This opportunity is exciting and challenging. (Former head coach) Anca Dumitrescu did a great job continuing to build the program at Miami and making the RedHawks a winning program at the conference level. I want to continue her legacy and also try to push it further to help this program be recognized on the national level and become nationally ranked.”
During her time at VCU, the Rams were a perennial power amassing a 67-17 mark during her first stint as associate head coach from 2004-07 and a 96-32 mark over the last five years. In 2006, the team seized the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, falling to second-ranked Southern California in its only loss of the season. VCU recorded a program record 29-1 mark in 2006 and earned a No. 12 ranking in the final poll. Following the 2006 campaign, Carollo was tabbed the NCAA Division I East Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
The team was ranked among the top-25 in two of her first three years with the Rams from the 2004-05 to 2006-07 seasons. In 2010, Carollo returned to VCU and continued to craft and guide a successful Rams program both on and off the court that has enjoyed a top-50 ranking each of the past four years and a 100-percent Federal Graduation Rate since 2010.
Over her eight years coaching the Black and Gold, the team won five conference titles, notching CAA crowns in 2006, 2010 and 2012 and Atlantic 10 titles in 2013 and 2014. VCU also made nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2006 to 2014, and Carollo was a part of seven of those postseason berths.
“She deserves this,” said VCU head coach Paul Kostin. “She’s not only a good coach but a very good person, and that’s very important because she cares about people and she’s honest. She was the associate head coach, and I let her run with it. I more or less have to say she was the head coach. The way we have it set here, I’m overseeing two programs, and I was spending more time with the men’s program and she was in full control of the women’s program. She did everything that needed to be done. She recruited, set up the schedule, went to meetings and so on. She just did a great job.”
Carollo spent just over two years in between her time at VCU as a high-level instructor in Catania, Italy, coaching youth, junior and WTA tennis professionals.
Her knowledge of the game comes first-hand after being a fierce competitor for the Rams from 1999 to 2002. During her four years, she constantly served as the team’s leader and finished with an impressive 72-26 singles record and 53-22 mark in doubles competition. Her 72 singles win currently ranks fifth all-time in the program’s history.
She was a two-time All-CAA honoree, which included a 20-win freshman campaign, in which she earned first-team honors and went unbeaten at the CAA Tournament. Carollo also was an All-America Scholar in 2000.
Her playing career includes a professional stint on the WTA tour, ranking as high as No. 529 in the world. Prior to her playing career at VCU, she was a member of the Belarus National Fed Cup Team from 1996-97.
Carollo earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from VCU in 2001 and a master’s degree in business also from VCU in 2005.
Carollo takes over a Miami program that has claimed six-straight Mid-American Conference regular-season crowns and has made three NCAA Tournament appearances during that stretch, including back-to-back berths the last two seasons. She replaces Dumitrescu, who guided the team for four seasons. The RedHawks return six players from last year’s team that posted a 17-7 overall record and 7-1 MAC mark.