Vicky Maes enters her sixth year as the head women’s tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the women’s tennis team since October 2001.
The transition from playing to coaching can sometimes be a challenge, but Maes feels her experience as a player has helped her be a better coach. “I believe one of my strengths is that I can relate to my players. It wasn’t that long ago that I was in their shoes. Being a student-athlete means you are in the spotlight. As a result, it comes with a great amount of responsibilities. The girls need a solid support system and we provide that.”
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Maes feels confident that the new squad will, once again, be very competitive in the upcoming season. “This team is going to be a great contender in 2006-2007,” Maes said. “We have a goal to continue to move up the rankings this year and are committed to put in the work every day. The girls are excited to be part of a program that is growing and getting better each year. What they are doing is not only building and improving themselves, they are also leading the way for future Wildcats, both on and off the court.”
Maes feels confident the great team chemistry will take them far. “Everyone is getting along very well. We trust each other, and practice and workouts are really productive. I am excited to get the season started and see all of our girls in action. We are going to be solid all the way down the lineup. This group really knows how to step up and compete hard. Last year, we went through a major transition and this has led to a rejuvenated attitude. I believe our team will continue to surprise a lot of people this year.”
As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection. Maes won the 1995 Pac-10 Indoor Doubles Championship, the 1996 National Intercollegiate Clay Championships, and was a finalist in the 1996 National NCAA Rolex Indoor Championships and the 1997 Pac-10 Indoor Championships. She was also named to the Pac-10 All-Decade team in 1998, was the 1996 Arizona Women's Sports Foundation College Athlete of the Year, a four-time All-American (1995-98) and the nation's top-ranked player in 1996 and 1997.
Academically, Maes, who is fluent in Dutch, English and French, earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in marketing and a certificate in international business studies. She was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection and a GTE Academic All-America choice in 1996. In 1998, Maes was a finalist for the NCAA's Great Eight award and won the Ruby Award, which recognizes UA's top female student-athlete in the field of athletics, academics and personal development. For her efforts, Maes was inducted in the