July 28, 2010
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IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Head Women’s Tennis Coach Katie Dougherty has announced that Jesse Medvene-Collins will join her staff as an assistant coach. Medvene-Collins replaces Mira Radu, who will serve as the team’s volunteer assistant while pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with Coach Dougherty and I’m very excited to get started working with the student-athletes at the University of Iowa,” said Medvene-Collins. “It’s a very exciting time for the women’s tennis program and I cannot wait to help the student-athletes achieve success both on and off the tennis court.”
Medvene-Collins, a native of Washington D.C., broke into collegiate coaching with stints at Dartmouth and Wake Forest. While serving as an assistant coach for the Demon Deacons, he helped guide Wake Forest to three straight NCAA appearances and top 25 national rankings from 2005-07.
“Jesse is an outstanding addition to the Iowa women’s tennis program,” said Dougherty. “He brings a wealth of experience recruiting and developing high level student-athletes. He is an excellent coach with great passion and knowledge of the game.”
Medvene-Collins helped lead Dartmouth into the top 100 while serving as an assistant coach from 2003-05. He later went on to become an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Redlands, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to conference championships in 2008 and 2009. Medvene-Collins earned his BA from Redlands in 2002 before returning to earn his MA in 2009. He was a four-year letterwinner and three-time all-conference honoree while competing for the Bulldogs from 1998-2002.
Prior to joining the Hawkeyes, Medvene-Collins served as head coach at Mills College from 2009-10.