The Miami women’s tennis team earns its accolades on the court year after year. With singles NCAA champions among their alumnae, consistent team NCAA appearances, and steady ITA rankings towards the top of the list. Typically, the success of the team relies on the team, with thanks to the coaching staff’s dedication and direction taken into consideration as well.
For Miami, head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews understands the ins and outs of the Hurricanes, due to her 16 years of experience. During her 11th seson, Yaroshuk-Tews earned one of the highest honors when she was inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame. Joining incredible athletes and coaches, Yaroshuk-Tews also joined someone very special in the Hall of Fame: her own father.
“It’s a huge honor to be there with my dad,” Yaroshuk-Tews told HERO Sports. “It’s the most special out of all my accolades at the university.”
In 1992, Ernie Yaroshuk-Tews earned the honor for himself after captaining the UM baseball team in 1963 and earning the team MVP. With their immense success, they are the only father-daughter duo to be inducted into the UM Hall of Fame.
“He played for an incredible coach, and he came through as an athlete, and me as a coach,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.
Under Yaroshuk-Tews, the winningest coach in school history, she has assisted teams in making strides in the ACC conference and among top-ranked opponents across the country. This season, she has her sights set on winning a national title this spring. With small strides each week and a targeted mindset regarding mental and physical training, Yaroshuk-Tews knows her team has the potential to go all the way.
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Miami's head coach has seen success not only on her end, but also among her individual student athletes. Last year, Megan Bradley earned the honor of being Yaroshuk-Tews' first athlete inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame. Her former player, Audra Cohen, who claimed the No. 1 spot on the ITA individual player rankings in 2006 and 2007, was recently named to the Hall of Fame as well and will be inducted in April 2017. With both players and their coach now holding this incredible honor, Miami hopes to see many more of its tennis players joining the Hall of Fame.
Yaroshuk-Tews credits her parents' upbringing, namely her father, for his influence on how to attend to coaches from a young age. By learning to put trust in her coaches and never doubting or straying from her coach's instructions, Yaroshuk-Tews now utilizes these lessons on the other end of coaching. Her proven results and honors lead Yaroshuk-Tews into the spring dual match season, where Miami hosts the Miami Spring Invite for their first January 2017 appearance.
Fall 2016 posed challenging yet successful for the Lady Hurricanes (pictured left, courtesy of Miami Athletics), so now the opportunity to make an immediate impact in 2017 is just over a month away. Ending the spring 2016 season ranked No. 10 by the ITA, Yaroshuk-Tews and her teams have even higher hopes for this year's season.