Women’s Tennis Adds Marco Matteucci to Coaching Staff - Tucson News Now

Women’s Tennis Adds Marco Matteucci to Coaching Staff

Source: Arizona Athletics Source: Arizona Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz.--- Head coach Vicky Maes announced on Thursday that Marco Matteucci has been added to the University of Arizona women's tennis coaching staff. Matteucci brings over 15 years of coaching experience to Arizona, including eight years at the collegiate level. His knowledge of the game, his proven record in developing players, and his extensive recruiting network will be significant assets for the Wildcats.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with coach Matteucci in years to come,” said Maes. “He brings so much experience to the table and I know we will both enjoy shaping our team together.”

“His passion for college tennis and his eagerness to build a successful all-around program matches very well with my own philosophy on college tennis,” Maes added. “He has a very solid background in player development and I know we will all benefit greatly from his approach to the game.”

This past year, Matteucci served as the lead travel coach and group manager at the prestigious Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. Before that, he was an assistant at Baylor University. While in Waco, Matteucci helped lead the Bears to one of the most successful seasons in program history, as they claimed the 2014 Big 12 regular season and tournament championship en route to a Sweet 16 appearance in NCAA tournament play and a final season ranking of 14.

 “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join the University of Arizona and the women's tennis program,“said Matteucci. “I want to thank coach Vicky Maes as well as Becky Bell for believing in me and the qualities I bring to this position. I look forward to working alongside coach Maes to lead, mentor and develop our student-athletes so that they will reach their potential while we strive to be one of the best programs in the country.

Prior to Baylor, Matteucci spent four seasons as the men and women’s assistant coach at the University of Texas-Arlington (2009-13). During his run in Arlington, he helped guide the women’s program to three straight Southland Conference finals appearances, while winning the league regular season title in both 2010 and 2011. In addition, the Mavericks earned a spot in the NCAA Championships after capturing the conference tournament championship in 2011. UT-Arlington was placed as high as 51st in the country that season, marking the highest national ranking in school history.

Before heading to UT-Arlington, Matteucci spent two years as an assistant women’s tennis coach at Columbia (2007-09). Matteucci proved to be a strong recruiter for the Lions, as he helped haul in the nation’s 26th ranked class in 2008 and the seventh-best class in 2009 during his time there.

Matteucci got his start in collegiate coaching at his alma mater, West Florida, serving as an assistant coach for both the men and women's tennis program. While there, he coached the women to their first NCAA tournament final in school history (2007). That year, the women also claimed their first Gulf South Conference Championship. On the men’s side, he helped West Florida reach the 2007 Gulf South Conference Championship finals and the semifinals of the Division II NCAA National Championship Tournament.

Matteucci earned his bachelor's degree in Health Leisure and Exercise Science in 2007 from the University of West Florida. Following graduation, he returned to Queens, New York and worked as a tennis instructor and fitness coordinator at the New York Tennis Academy. He also served as a tennis instructor at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy and the Event Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. during the summers.

As a player at West Florida, Matteucci was a part of the most successful four seasons in school history. The Argonauts claimed back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships in 2004 and 2005, while also claiming Gulf South Conference Championship tournament titles in 2005 and 2006. During his time on the team, West Florida finished as the top-ranked program in the ITA National rankings in 2004 and 2005, No. 4 in 2006 and No.3 in 2007.

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