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2010-2011 Women's Tennis Roster

Mariana Muraca

Assistant Coach

Mariana Muraca joined the Middle Tennessee women's tennis program as its assistant coach in fall 2010.

In her first season with the Blue Raiders, Muraca helped the squad to a 7-11 mark. She was instrumental in the player development of the young roster, which featured zero seniors, and two newcomers. Four of the seven players surpassed the double-digit plateau for singles victories.

Muraca, a native of Brazil, spent the majority of the time since 2003 in Iowa, first as a student-athlete at Northern Iowa and then as a volunteer coach at Iowa State. She played at Northern Iowa from 2003-07 and along the way was named a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete. She also received Scholar Athlete recognition two times from the Missouri Valley Conference.

She ranks third in Panthers' history with a .698 career singles winning percentage after posting a 65-28 ledger, while her .788 winning percentage in 2004-05 ranks sixth in school history after a 26-7 record. The 65 triumphs rank seventh in UNI history, while the 26 victories as a sophomore place her in a tie for seventh on the all-time list.

"I am excited about this opportunity," said Muraca. "Everyone on the team and staff are great to work with. I cannot wait for spring to get here and see great things happening."

Muraca worked as a student volunteer coach in 2007-08 while finishing her bachelor's degrees at UNI in exercise science and sport psychology with a minor in coaching. She then completed her master's degree in sport psychology in 2010. She was a graduate assistant for the Panthers' women's team from 2008-10 while attending graduate school.

Upon finishing her graduate course work, she took a position as the tennis pro at the Ames Racquet Club and was a volunteer coach with the Iowa State Cyclones' women's team before coming to Murfreesboro.