Stone earns regional COY award

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech tennis head coach Amanda Stone was recognized again for the program’s historic season by being named the 2023 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for the Southern Region.

Stone, who was also named Conference USA Coach of the Year a month ago, led LA Tech to arguably its greatest season in program history in her seventh season at the helm.

The Lady Techsters finished the spring season with a 20-6 overall record, the second most victories ever and the second most wins of any C-USA team. Included in that were marquee victories over Mountain West champion Wyoming as well as South Florida, both of whom finished nationally ranked.

LA Tech also finished the season in the national rankings for the first time ever, checking in at No. 73 in the country in the ITA Collegiate Tennis team rankings. They were nationally ranked in five straight polls to close the year, making their debut on April 4 at No. 64, their highest ranking ever.

The Lady Techsters ended up finishing fourth in C-USA, their highest ever, while advancing to the C-USA Tournament semifinals for the first time in program history.

Stone, who is the winningest head coach in program history, helped develop and coach Leonie Schuknecht, Olga Bienzobas, and Alexia Romero who all earned All-Conference USA honors this season.

The Southern Region includes all teams from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.