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WVU tennis coach leaving for Wisconsin job

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia officials are apparently in the market for a new women's tennis coach.

Sources within the athletic department Saturday confirmed that Tina Samara has accepted the head coaching position at Wisconsin.

Samara has been at WVU for the last three seasons. The Mountaineers finished 8-14 in her first year, then 4-16 and 4-17 the last two spring seasons.

Those records, however, were perhaps deceiving in that under Samara the school significantly upgraded its schedule, first as a member of the Big East and then this past season in its first year in the Big 12.

Wisconsin was in the market for a new tennis coach after Brian Fleishman resigned a month ago. In six years his teams were 59-86 overall, 19-43 in Big Ten play, and this year the Badgers were 5-18.

A New York native who graduated from Georgia and was a member of the school's 1994 national championship team, Samara came to West Virginia after two years as the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

She was just the fifth coach in school history and replaced Marc Walters.

 


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