BUFFALO, NY - University at Buffalo head women's tennis coach Kristen Maines has announced the promotion of longtime assistant coach Smaranda Stan McNerney to associate head coach. Stan is in her sixth season as a full-time coach and in her seventh season on staff after competing for the Bulls from 2005-09.
"This promotion is more than deserving for Sma," said Maines. "She has been a long-time friend and co-worker and she has proven that she excels in everything that she does. We are lucky to have her as a part of our family and I can't wait to see what she will continue to do with our women's tennis program."
Last season, Stan McNerney took on an increased role with head coach Kristen Maines on maternity leave, and she helped lead the Bulls to a MAC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Following the season, she was named the ITA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year.
In addition to volunteering during 2011-12, Stan McNerney worked as a tennis pro at the Miller Tennis Center. She has remained active in the Buffalo tennis community, being named Buffalo Tennis Series Player of the Year three times (2011, 2012, 2014).
Stan McNerney concluded her UB career ranked third in school history with 79 singles wins and 10th with 34 doubles victories. During her junior season, Stan McNerney won all three clinching points as she led the Bulls to their first MAC Tournament Championship title and UB's only NCAA Tournament appearance. She was honored as the Most Valuable Player at the 2008 MAC Championships. Stan McNerney was team captain in 2008 and 2009, where she was awarded the ITA East Region Cissie Laeary Award for Sportsmanship following her senior year.
"I am very honored and grateful for this opportunity," said Stan McNerney. "I'd like to thank Kristen Maines and the administration for believing in my abilities to lead this program to new heights. I look forward to another exciting year and another opportunity to help our student-athletes achieve their goals and raise more trophies."
Prior to coming to Buffalo, Stan McNerney was one of the Top 7 players in Romania in 2003 and 2004 and was one of the Top 700 according to the International Tennis Federation.