Aug. 13, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head women's tennis coach Tina Samara completed her staff this week, announcing that she has hired Matt Manasse as the team's assistant coach. Manasse is a former team captain at Purdue and most recently spent time in the marketing department for Babolat USA.
"I'm extremely humbled and excited for this opportunity at Wisconsin," Manasse said. "I want to thank Tina and Marija Pientka for this chance and I'm excited to learn under Coach Samara. I'm eager to get started and I know we can build a successful program here in Madison. This program has so much potential and with the tremendous resources we have in place, I have no doubt we can do big things."
"I'm very excited about bringing Matt into our program," Samara said. "I love how eager he is to learn and how committed he is to helping us get things done at Wisconsin. He has played in the Big Ten and has a familiarity with the area which is really beneficial since I am new to this conference. His background recruiting some of the top players in the country while with Babolat is so valuable. His relationships and experience with many of the top academies, coaches and talent will be a big advantage for us."
In his position at Babolat, Manasse was in charge of the Competition Team, which was comprised of nearly 600 junior players from around the United States. He also spear-headed recruiting efforts to acquire top talent for the Babolat National Team at both the junior and senior levels.
Manasse has coaching experience at several difference stops, serving as a camp instructor in three different states, most recently at the University of Colorado in 2012 and 2013. He also held a volunteer assistant position with the Boulder (Colo.) High School girls' tennis team.
Manasse prepped at Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. before beginning his collegiate playing career at USC. After redshirting his freshman season with the Trojans, Manasse was a three-year letterwinner at Purdue. As a senior with the Boilermakers, Manasse was selected by his teammates as the team captain for the 2010-11 season.
A native of Erie, Pa. Manasse earned a degree in political science from Purdue in 2011.