WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman along with Director of Tennis David Bojalad are pleased to announce that Silvana Stans will become the new head women's tennis coach for the 2012-13 season.
David Bojalad will continue overseeing both programs conducting recruiting and running the men's tennis program, while Stans will conduct practices and matches on the women's side.
Silvana is from Romania and currently resides in South Pasadena, Calif. where she coaches Mayfield Senior School's Varsity Tennis Team.
From 2002-2006 she attended California State University Los Angeles where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. Between 2002 and 2005, she played for California State University Los Angeles tennis team on a full scholarship, where she also helped coach some of her tennis team-mates at CSULA.
She received the Billie Jean King Endowed Tennis Scholarship, and the Joe Shapiro tennis scholarship all three years by being with the CSULA tennis team. During her first season she was CSULA's No. 1 player, and during her second season she came back after a surgery, to play at No. 3 singles.
She was a two-time CCAA Player of the Week honoree in 2003-04 (February and March), and was named Second-Team All CCAA in April 2004, after an 8-0 singles mark in conference play, a 22-1 singles season record, and 18-0 record in dual matches; She reached the final Conference Invitational Tournament in the 2003 as well as 2004 February CSULA Tennis Invitational Tournament. She also reached the semifinals of the famous CCAA Ojai tournament in 2003 and 2004, and had a 15-8 singles record in 2002-03, including an 8-5 record at the No. 1 singles position. In 2004 she helped her team finish in 2nd place in the CCAA conference, and qualify for the Regional NCAA Division II Tennis Championships in Hawaii.
In Romania she played on the WTA Tour at the age of 16 playing tournaments in France, Switzerland, Serbia, Hungary, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Germany prior to moving to the United States at the age of 18.
Prior to coming to Whittier College, Silvana served as the Assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Caltech along with working a variety of tennis camps in Marietta, GA and at the Brian Winter Tennis Academy.
In March 2011 she received a professional tennis instructor certification from the USPTR with a professional level specialization in Adult Development and then in 2012 she became a member of the USPTA.