Miami Names Anca Dumitrescu as New Women's Tennis Coach
Aug. 23, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio -- Former Georgia Tech assistant coach Anca Dumitrescu has been named Head Women's Tennis Coach at Miami University, Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today. Dumitrescu begins her duties with the RedHawks immediately.
"I am really excited to be a part of the Miami program," Dumitrescu said. "It has shown tremendous improvement over the last few years and we have the talent and character to keep that going. The program can also become even better. We look forward to a strengthened schedule and with hard work can continue to be successful. I look forward to working with the girls and helping them develop both on and off the court."
A successful player and assistant coach, Dumitrescu was instrumental in three seasons as an assistant for the Yellow Jackets. In 2008, her first year on the staff, a school-record four Yellow Jackets received All-Atlantic Coast Conference accolades, while the team captured the ITA/National Indoor Team title. A pair of players -- Amanda McDowell and Irini Falconi -- each captured national singles championships and combined for a doubles title as well.
"We are very excited to have Anca join the Miami family," Bates said. She brings extraordinary experience as the top assistant at one of the nation's premier collegiate tennis programs in Georgia Tech and she has a wealth of knowledge from her accomplishments as a student-athlete at Florida State University. Anca's emphasis on academic engagement and competitive national distinction for our tennis program reflects the values of Miami University and we look forward to her leadership with our students, staff, university and community."
Dumitrescu played No. 1 singles for Florida State from 2001-04, earning top-60 national rankings in each of her four years in college. A two-time All-ACC honoree, she led the Seminoles to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and participated in the NCAA Singles Championships on two occasions. She amassed multiple awards during her tenure at Florida State, including earning the 2003 Golden Nole Award as the Seminoles' Most Valuable Player and the 2004 ITA South Region Senior of the Year Award. She was also the recipient of the ITA South Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award in 2004.
Following her playing career at Florida State, Dumitrescu spent two years as a manager and graduate assistant coach at her alma mater before earning her first full-time coaching job at East Tennessee State, where she served as the assistant coach in 2007.
Prior to college, Dumitrescu competed on the WTA Tour, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 514 in the world during the 1997-98 season. After qualifying for the French Open as a junior in 1998, the Romania native won the singles and doubles titles in the 1999 Romanian Junior Tennis Championships.
Dumitrescu not only excelled on the courts in Tallahassee, but also in the classroom, earning a dual degree in communications and multinational business as a Magna Cum Laude graduate in 2004 before earning her masters in communication from Florida State in 2006. A recipient of the ACC's Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship, Dumitrescu spent a year teaching public speaking at Florida State while completing her masters degree.
As an undergraduate, Dumitrescu completed an honors thesis regarding media propaganda in the Romanian press and was selected to present her thesis at the Southern States Communication Association Conference in 2004. In graduate school, she completed her Master's thesis on the representation of female athletes in the Romanian and American media and was selected to present her thesis at the National Communication Association Conference in 2006.
During the summers, Dumitrescu has worked as an instructor and coach at both collegiate tennis camps and private clubs.
Dumitrescu is fluent in Romanian, English, German and French and can also understand and speak Italian. Aside from tennis, she is active in the Atlanta community, placing second among all women at the 2008 Atlanta Marathon, winning the Tri-States Park Sprint Duathlon in 2007 and finishing fourth in the 24-30 age group in the 2006 Atlanta Marathon. She also posted a third-place finish in the Regional Collegiate Cycling Championships, held in Florida in 2006, and climbed Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe (located in France), in 2005.