Sep 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Heading into her 10th season at the helm of the FSU women’s tennis team, Jennifer Hyde announced the hire of Zsuzsanna Fodor as the program’s assistant coach on Thursday.
“I could not be any happier with Zsuzsi joining our program,” Hyde said. “She is a strong technician and she is very knowledgeable in the mental and psychological aspects of the game. Having coached a major Division I program to the finals of the NCAA Championships, she knows exactly what it takes to reach that next level. This is a very exciting time for this program, and with the addition of Zsuzsi to our staff, the future has never looked brighter.”
As a six-time Hungarian national champion, Fodor returns to the collegiate tennis arena after playing professionally for the Weil Tennis Academy. Prior to her professional career, Fodor was an assistant at Cal- Berkley. In 2008 she helped the Golden Bears to an appearance in NCAA team championship final and instructed the doubles pair of Jana Juricova and Mari Anderson to the NCAA doubles title.
Fodor played three seasons for California from 2005-2007, where she earned All-Pac 10 first team honors twice. In 2006, she captured the Pac-10 singles championship before being selected as the Player of the Year in the conference. As a junior, she reached her highest career ranking at No. 2 in doubles as well as in singles at No.3.
Before graduating in 2007 with degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Fodor won the ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award to close her senior season.
Prior to her days at Berkley, Fodor began her collegiate tennis career at Mississippi State, where she was named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2005.
“She brings a tremendous amount of coaching and playing experience to the table from a top-ranked program,” Hyde said. “As an athlete, she was a two-time All-American before moving on to play professionally, so I know she can closely relate to what the players experience in training and competition.”
FSU Grabs ITA-Scholar Athlete Honors
For the third consecutive year, the FSU women’s tennis team was selected as an ITA All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 season. It marks the fifth time under head coach Jennifer Hyde that the team has accomplished the feat.
“I am so very proud of our student-athletes,” Hyde said. “Each year, this group experiences high levels of success in every aspect of being student-athletes. I have always felt that in order to be productive in this setting, it is instrumental to put in committed and consistent work with responsibility. These girls always work diligently to represent the best in Florida State Athletics, and I’m proud to be their coach.”
In addition, four athletes achieved a Scholar-Athlete status. Francesca Segarelli (Rome, Italy), Amy Sargeant (Birmingham, England) and Leyla Erkan (Hilton Head, S.C.) won the award for the second time in their career, while Kristina Schleich (Lilenthal, Germany) grabbed the honors for the first time as a Seminole.
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