NC State women's tennis head coach Simon Earnshaw announced on Monday, July 14 that former All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year Gina Suarez-Malaguti has joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Gina to the program," said Earnshaw. "From the outset, it was obvious to me that Gina's desire to work at NC State and in the ACC made her stand out. As a student-athlete, she was a winner in a winning culture and continues to be motivated to achieve at the highest level now in her coaching career. This aligns exactly with my own philosophy and how I see the program culturally moving forward."
Suarez-Malaguti comes to the Wolfpack after a one-year stint as assistant coach at Maryland during the 2013-14 season. She helped lead the squad to nine wins, including four in ACC play. Under her tutelage, Alexandra Stanova claimed All-ACC honors in her freshman season in College Park, Md.
"I'm so excited to join the Wolfpack," Suarez-Malaguti said. "NC State is a great school with tremendous tennis facilities. I look forward to working with Coach Earnshaw to build a championship program in all areas."
The newly-hired Wolfpack assistant coach was a standout at North Carolina where she was an All-American as a senior after posting an overall record of 29-9, which included 17 wins against ranked opponents. She went 7-1 in conference action, while playing all of her matches at the top spot in the lineup to earn ACC Player of the Year honors - becoming the first UNC-CH player to win the award in 20 years.
"Gina's dynamic personality, tireless work ethic and experience as a former ACC Player of the Year will undoubtedly make her a huge asset to the team," Earnshaw added.
During her senior season, Suarez-Malaguti spent most of the season ranked among the top 10 of the ITA singles rankings with her highest listing at No. 4. She helped the Tar Heels post a 28-4 mark and advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, she qualified for the NCAA Women's Singles field and advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament competing as an individual.
For her career, the Pembroke Pines, Fla. native won more than 90 matches in singles play and more than 50 in doubles action.