Engelbrecht named ASU head women’s tennis coach

From Arkansas State University

Arkansas State Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee announced Thursday that Marina Engelbrecht has been elevated to head coach of the women's tennis team after serving the last five seasons as an assistant coach with the program.

Engelbrecht was a part of three ASU teams that recorded double-figure victories over the last five seasons, including a 10-7 record while advancing to the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 2011. During her time as an assistant coach, the Red Wolves had three players named All-Sun Belt Conference, including freshman Biljana Miloshevska last season.

Also during Engelbrecht's tenure as an assistant coach with the Red Wolves, the tennis program continued its academic success as well. The Red Wolves have been selected as an ITA All-Academic Team each year since 1999 and has historically almost always been at 100 percent for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Marina's skill level, experience and internal knowledge of our women's tennis program available to fill this position," said Lee. "Her discipline, teaching ability and recruiting have all been major factors in the success of the program. Her background with the program will help for a smooth transition, and her excellent ability to evaluate talent will allow us to put a highly-competitive team on the courts."

Prior to serving as an assistant coach, Engelbrecht was one of the most decorated and successful players at No. 1 singles for Arkansas State for three seasons after playing No. 2 her freshman year. At No. 1, Engelbrecht posted an overall mark of 37-9. A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference performer, she was also successful as one-half of ASU's No. 1 doubles pair throughout her career.

The Bloemfontein, South Africa native graduated from ASU in 2006 with a degree in exercise science and received her master's degree in exercise science in August 2008. While a student, she was a member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll every semester and was also a four-time member of the ITA All-Academic team and Scholar-Athlete list.

During the spring of 2006, Engelbrecht received the prestigious Terry Gwin Award, one of the two highest awards an ASU student-athlete may receive.

"This is more than a job, it is a dream come true for me," said Engelbrecht. "To have the opportunity to be the head coach at my alma mater is awesome. Most of all, to take over Coach Williams' program is an honor and humbling moment for me. She has built a great program and has impacted my life in so many ways. I am very excited about the future of our tennis program. We have a great group of girls who love each other and love to compete. I can't wait to get started."

In addition to her responsibilities as an assistant coach, she was also the Coordinator of Wellness Programs at the newly opened Red W.O.L.F. Center the last three years and served as a part-time instructor at Arkansas State University the last five. Engelbrecht taught Health Promotion II for Exercise Science majors and several sections of Concepts of Fitness, Fitness Walking, Tennis and Badminton.