|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|High School:||Shiller International School|
|At Miami:||5 Years|
After completing her second year as an assistant coach for the University of Miami women’s tennis program in 2014-15, Laura Vallverdu was promoted to associate head coach.
Before earning the title as a full-time assistant, Vallverdu was the team’s volunteer assistant coach for one year and prior to that was a graduate manager for a season. She is now in her sixth year on staff at Miami, including her second as the associate head coach.
Vallverdu was a four-year (2006-10) letter winner at Miami under head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews and spent one season as an assistant coach at Barry University after graduating. There, Vallverdu helped guide the Buccaneers to a 27-1 record and their first national championship, and she was named the ITA Division II South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Vallverdu is second all-time at Miami in singles wins with 131 total, which was the record when she concluded her career in 2010. Vallverdu reached the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship as a junior in 2009 and advanced to the semifinals the next year, making her the only two-time semifinalist in program history. As a senior in 2010, Vallverdu led the Hurricanes in singles wins with 35, finishing at 35-13, including a 21-12 mark against nationally ranked opponents. She completed the season ranked fourth in singles, her second-consecutive top-10 finish and fourth-straight top-20 finish, as well as seventh in doubles.
Vallverdu was the first player in University of Miami history to win at least 30 singles matches in each of her four years. She was a five-time All-American (four singles, one doubles), the fourth four-year All-American in school history and a four-time All-ACC selection, a first in the program’s history.
In 2010, Vallverdu won the Honda Sports Award in tennis, designating her as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete in the sport. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program. She was also one of four nominees for the award in 2009, when she helped Miami earn the top seed at the ACC Championship for the first time.
Over Vallverdu’s nine years associated with the Miami women’s tennis program as a player or coach, the Hurricanes are 189-54 (.778) overall and 89-18 (.832) in ACC matches. In each of those nine seasons, Miami has reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Team Championship and finished ranked in the top 15 in the nation. Six times, the Hurricanes have made the Elite Eight and they have finished in the top 10 on six occasions.
In 2013, Vallverdu helped lead Miami to its first ACC Championship title. The Hurricanes then won a share of the ACC regular season title the following season, Vallverdu’s first after being promoted to assistant coach. She has also mentored six Hurricanes to a total of eight ITA All-America honors in her first five years on Miami's staff, as well as guided seven players to 11 total All-ACC accolades.
During those five seasons, Vallverdu has helped the Hurricanes tally a 104-30 (.776) record. Miami has surpassed 20 wins in four of those campaigns and earned a quartet of top-10 finishes. In both 2015 and 2016, a Miami player reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, the first two to do so since Vallverdu herself in 2010.
Vallverdu graduated from Miami in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business, and then earned her master’s degree in sport administration from Miami in 2012.