Ashland, Va. – Head Tennis Coach Charles Gray has announced the hiring of Monica Sgritta to the role of assistant coach for the Randolph-Macon College tennis program. Sgritta comes to R-MC with a wealth of experience playing and coaching tennis at multiple Division I programs. She will work with both the men's and women's programs at Randolph-Macon.
"Coach Sgritta's desire for academic and athletic success is a perfect match for our tennis team's goals," Gray said.
Sgritta comes to R-MC from Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as the assistant women's tennis coach. She led the Rams to two Atlantic 10 conference championships and a conference runner-up placement in her three years at the Richmond, Virginia institution. Seven of her student-athletes earned All-A-10 First Team selections and five players were named to the conference's second team. Her players also included a doubles team ranked nationally in the Top 75 and a singles ranked student-athlete in the Top 100. Sgritta coached the 2016-17 Most Outstanding Performer in the A-10 as well. She compiled an overall record of 44-28 while coaching the Rams.
Before VCU, Sgritta served as the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Connecticut from 2011-2014, assisting with recruiting and evaluating student-athletes for UConn's program. Sgritta also coached the Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) men's and women's tennis programs for three years, leading the Mastadons to three Summit League women's tennis regular season titles and two Summit League Championships. There, she mentored and coached a three-time Summit League Player of the Year.
Sgirtta has also coached in the private sector, coaching the No. 1 ranked U-14 player in the United States between 2009 and 2011. She instructed tennis programs for all ages at the Stamford Yacht Club while working in Connecticut and currently serves as the head tennis professional at Kanawha Recreation Association in Richmond. She has been a member of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) since 2013.
"I am looking forward to share my passion and knowledge of tennis with both men's and women's program here at Randolph-Macon," Sgritta said. "Together with Coach Gray, I look forward to help the student-athletes to be successful both on and off the court."
Sgritta earned her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and Organization Studies in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma. At OU, she played No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles and earned a place on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. From 2001-2005, Sgritta ranked as a Top 5 tennis player in her native Romania. She earned her master's degree at IPFW in 2011