An outstanding recruiter with unrivaled knowledge of the game and passion for teaching, the 2014-15 season marked the 14th illustrious year for Paige Yaroshuk-Tews as the head coach of the University of Miami women’s tennis team.
The program’s all-time winningest coach, Yaroshuk-Tews has turned the Miami Hurricanes women’s tennis program into a household name nationally, leading Miami to the NCAA’s Elite Eight in eight of the last 12 seasons, good for the fourth-most quarterfinal appearances in the nation during that span. She boasts an overall career record of 285-85 (.770) and an ACC career record of 104-21 (.832). As a result of her unparalleled achievements, Yaroshuk-Tews was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Yaroshuk-Tews’ desire to make Miami a national title contender on a yearly basis has helped the program consistently flourish with all-conference and All-American talent. The Hurricanes have not only made the NCAA Team Championship in each of her 14 years as head coach, but have also won at least one NCAA match every season. UM has also qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships 11-straight years. Yaroshuk-Tews annually brings in some of the top prep talent, reloading year in and year out for a program consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
Since taking the head coaching position for the women’s tennis program at Miami in 2001, Yaroshuk-Tews has led the Hurricanes on an unprecedented run in Coral Gables, Fla. Not only has she guided the team to at least the second round of the NCAA Team Championship each year, but Miami has made 10-consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. In total, Yaroshuk-Tews has directed Miami to 11 Sweet 16 berths, eight Elite Eight trips and an appearance in the 2006 NCAA final, the program’s first since 1985.
Miami has hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Team Championship 11-straight years under Yaroshuk-Tews. The Hurricanes have turned in 12-straight ITA top-15 finishes, including seven top-10 finishes the last 10 seasons. Thirteen different Hurricanes have garnered a total of 25 ITA All-American honors under Yaroshuk-Tews, the former a program record for a coach. In 11 of her 14 seasons, at least one Hurricane has been named an All-American, and in eight of them multiple players received the honor.
The Hurricanes went 18-7 in 2015 and finished second in the ACC at 12-2. Miami reached the Sweet 16 for the 10th year in a row and earned a 12th-straight top-15 finish. The team also finished in the top four of the ACC for the 11th-straight year, each one since it joined the conference. On an individual level, Yaroshuk-Tews guided both Sinead Lohan and Stephanie Wagner to ITA All-American honors. Both of them reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, marking the third time ever–all under the direction of Yarosuk-Tews–two Hurricanes did so the same year. Wagner was also named the ITA National Player to Watch. UM set a program record with five nationally ranked singles players in the year-end rankings and tied the top mark set the previous year with six different players ranked in either singles or doubles.
In 2014, Miami posted its sixth consecutive 20-win season and 10th in the last 11 years, finishing at 21-6, with a 12-2 mark in the ACC to tie for first place. The Hurricanes hosted the NCAA Team Championship first and second rounds for the 10th-consecutive year and reached the NCAA round of 16 for the ninth-straight time. Additionally, UM made the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the 10th season in a row. Miami ended the year at No. 12 in the nation and two Hurricanes, Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno, earned ITA All-American recognition. Six different Hurricanes ended the season ranked in either singles or doubles, a new program record.
The 2013 season saw Miami win its first ACC Championship title, as the Hurricanes knocked off a trio of top-30 teams in Cary, N.C., including second-ranked North Carolina in the semifinals. Miami went on to finish 23-6, marking the most wins for the program since 2009 and the third-most during Yaroshuk-Tews’ tenure. The season also marked the fifth-consecutive trip to the Elite Eight for the Hurricanes, then the longest streak in the country. UM concluded the year ranked eighth, its fifth-straight top-10 finish, and Yaroshuk-Tews was named the ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year, while her assistant coach, Alex Santos, was chosen as the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year.
During the 2012 season, the Hurricanes advanced to their fourth-consecutive NCAA Team Championship Elite Eight, before falling to eventual national champion Florida. Miami played host to North Florida and Utah in the first two rounds of the tournament, winning both matches, 4-0. In the Sweet 16, the Hurricanes exacted revenge on ACC foe North Carolina, winning 4-2 to erase the memory of a 4-3 loss to the Tar Heels in the regular season. Miami wound up ninth in the final national rankings, and Anna Bartenstein was named an ITA All-American, making it nine-straight seasons Yaroshuk-Tews coached a player who received the honor.
In 2011, Yaroshuk-Tews led Miami on another deep run in the NCAA Team Championship, winning at home in the first two rounds before taking down Michigan in the round of 16 in Stanford, Calif. The Hurricanes finished the season ranked seventh nationally. Also in 2011, senior Bianca Eichkorn became the program’s all-time winningest singles player (133 victories) en route to numerous All-America and all-conference honors. Among them, Eichkorn became the fourth UM player in the last seven seasons to be named ACC Player of the Year under Yaroshuk-Tews, who surpassed 200 career wins with Miami’s NCAA-opening 4-0 victory May 13 against FIU. Anna Bartenstein was also named an ITA All-American in 2011, making it four straight years the Hurricanes had at least two players garner the accolade.
In 2010, Yaroshuk-Tews led the Hurricanes to the NCAA quarterfinals, a No. 10 final ranking and a 20-6 record, UM’s sixth 20-win season in the last seven years. Miami also posted a 10-1 mark in ACC play to finish in second place. For the second straight year–the first time that happened since 1985-86–three Hurricanes earned ITA All-America honors, this time Bianca Eichkorn, Gabriela Mejia and Laura Vallverdu, who also won the Honda Sports Award. Vallverdu was an All-American in singles and doubles, giving Miami four All-America honors for the first time since 1988. Additionally, Vallverdu set the program record for singles wins (131) and became the fourth four-year All-American in program history and the first under Yaroshuk-Tews. Eichkorn and Vallverdu both reached the NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals, the second-straight year two Hurricanes did so after it had not previously happened in program history. Vallverdu made the semifinals, to become the program’s first two-time semifinalist.
During the 2009 season, Yaroshuk-Tews claimed the ACC Coach of the Year award after leading UM to a 26-5 mark, its second-best record ever during the NCAA era (1982-present). The Hurricanes went 16-0 at home, captured the ACC regular season title at 10-1 and registered 12-consecutive victories leading into the ACC Championship final. Yaroshuk-Tews saw her team advance to the NCAA quarterfinals and concluded the season seventh in the country, its second best finish of the last 32 years. For the first time since 1988, three UM players were named ITA All-Americans, in Bianca Eichkorn, Julia Cohen and Laura Vallverdu. All three reached the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16, a first in school history. Cohen and Eichkorn became the first Hurricane duo to make the semifinals the same year, and Vallverdu finished as the second finalist in program history. In total, four Hurricanes played in the NCAA Singles Championship, marking the first time that happened, and four Miami duos were listed in the final ITA doubles rankings for the first time ever.
In 2008, Miami finished with a 17-6 overall mark, snapping a string of four consecutive 20-win seasons. The Hurricanes faced 18 ranked opponents and went 12-6 against them. UM hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Team Championship for the fourth-straight year and reached a third-consecutive Sweet 16. The Hurricanes’ 6-1 win over No. 45 NC State April 12 gave Yaroshuk-Tews her 132nd victory to pass legendary Miami coach Ivan Duvenhage (1982-88) for the program record. Miami ended the season at No. 14 in the nation and Laura Vallverdu was named an ITA All-American.
During the 2007 season, Yaroshuk-Tews led the Hurricanes to a 22-7 mark, the team’s fourth-straight 20-win season and to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight season. Miami went 17-1 at home, with the lone loss against eventual NCAA champion Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes finished the season ranked ninth in the nation, their second straight top-10 finish. Audra Cohen and Laura Vallverdu were both named ITA All-Americans, making it three straight years UM had multiple honorees for the first time since 1986-88. Cohen went 42-2 in singles, became the first player in program history win the national title in the NCAA Singles Championship and was also the first to win the Honda Sports Award. She also won her second consecutive ITA National Player of the Year Award and ACC Player of the Year award, making it three straight years a Hurricane earned both accolades. It marked just the second time ever a school had three straight ITA National Player of the Year winners on the women’s side, and Cohen was fifth women to win the award in back-to-back years. Cohen ended the season at No. 1 in the nation for the second year in a row, marking the third-straight time a UM player finished first, and she was selected to the ITA All-Star Team as well. Three Hurricanes made the NCAA Singles Championship for the third time ever, and first since 1985. Yaroshuk-Tews reached 100 wins with a 6-1 win over eighth-ranked Baylor Feb. 3, becoming the third coach in program history to get to triple digits. Her assistant coach, David Anderton, garnered the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year award for his work with the team.
The 2006 campaign was a special one for the Miami program, as the Hurricanes advanced to the final of the NCAA Team Championship for the first time since 1985 and the second time ever. UM upset second-ranked Notre Dame in the quarterfinals and third-ranked USC in the semifinals. The impressive run came to an end in the championship match against two-time defending champion and top-seeded Stanford. The Hurricanes finished the season at 24-7 and shared the ACC regular season title for the second straight year. Yaroshuk-Tews’ squad came up with big wins against some of the nation’s best teams, going 5-3 against top-10 teams, including a 4-2 mark against opponents ranked in the top three. The Hurricanes finished the season ranked fourth in the country, their first top-five finish since 1987 and the fourth-best record in program history during the NCAA era (1982-present).
The same year, Melissa Applebaum and Audra Cohen were both named ITA All-Americans, making it back-to-back years the Hurricanes had a pair of honorees for the first time since the 1987-88 season. Cohen went 34-2 in singles and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, the second-straight year a Hurricane took the top spot. She was named the ITA National Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year, making it back-to-back years a Hurricane won both awards, and she was nominated for the Honda Sports Award. Cohen and Applebaum ended the year ranked second nationally in doubles and made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship. Both of them were named to the ITA All-Star Team. Additionally, four Hurricanes made the year-end ITA rankings for the first time in 30 years.
The team flourished in 2005 under Yaroshuk-Tews, earning a 21-5 overall record, marking its second-consecutive 20-win season. Miami went 9-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play in its inaugural season in the league to tie for first place and also reached the ACC Championship final. The Hurricanes made the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships and upset fourth-ranked UCLA, 4-3. UM earned an automatic bid to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Team Championship and fell to California in the second round to snap a 27-match home winning streak. The Hurricanes finished at No. 13 in the nation and both Audrey Bañada and Megan Bradley were named ITA All-Americans, the first time Miami had multiple players earn the honor since 1992. The pair also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, the first Miami duo to do so since 1992. Bradley set a program record for singles wins with 44, finishing at 44-2 and winning 39 straight matches along the way. She won the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships title, finished the season ranked first in the nation, made the ITA All-Star Team, and won ACC/UM Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and ITA National Senior Player of the Year. Additionally, Bradley was the first Hurricane to win ITA National Player of the Year and the first to receive the ACC Player of the Year award. Her ITA national awards were the first by a Hurricane since 1991.
In 2004, Yaroshuk-Tews led her team to yet another successful season and earned her second BIG EAST Coach of the Year award. The Hurricanes finished with a 20-4 overall record and were ranked 15th in the final poll, the team’s highest ranking since 1991. Miami made the BIG EAST Championship final for the 13th straight year–every one it participated in as a conference member–and won its eighth title. Half the titles and seven of the finals appearances came with Yaroshuk-Tews on the coaching staff. The Hurricanes were part of one of the biggest upsets in collegiate tennis history in 2004. They beat previously undefeated and top-ranked ranked Florida, 4-3, in the second round of the NCAA Team Championship in Gainesville, Fla. Miami had not defeated the Gators since the 1986 season. The Hurricanes advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999 and defeated No. 11 Tulane, 4-1, to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since the 1986. Megan Bradley was named an ITA All-American, the first Hurricane to garner the honor since 1999, which was also the last time Miami won 20-plus matches. After the season, Yaroshuk-Tews was tabbed to coach the prestigious USA Tennis Collegiate Team.
During the 2003 season, Yaroshuk-Tews led her team to a 17-7 record and an eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Team Championship. Her squad advanced to the second round of the tournament and finished the season ranked 23rd in the country, marking the program’s first top-25 finish since 1999. The Hurricanes had two players--Melissa Applebaum and Megan Bradley--in the NCAA Singles Championship for the first time since 1992, and placed a pair--Applebaum and Bradley--in the NCAA Doubles Championship for the first time since 1997, both ending the longest droughts in program history.
In 2002, her first season as head coach, Yaroshuk-Tews guided the Hurricanes to their seventh BIG EAST Championship title and she was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. The team finished with a 14-7 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Team Championship for the first time in three years. Half of Miami’s wins came against ranked opponents that season and the Hurricanes had a player, Mari Toro, finish the season nationally ranked for the first time since 1999.
Yaroshuk-Tews spent the 1998 and 1999 seasons as the assistant coach at Miami before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. During that stretch, the Hurricanes won the BIG EAST Championship in both 1998 and 2000. In Yaroshuk-Tews’ opening year on staff, UM had its first All-American–Lioudmila Skavronskaia–in three years, quickly ending the program’s first two-year drought without one since its first two years of existence (1973-74).
Prior to joining the Miami staff, Yaroshuk-Tews worked at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development Headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla., as a traveling coach with the top U.S. junior players. Before her USTA appointment, Yaroshuk-Tews played professionally in satellite and challenger events. A Miami native and Killian High School graduate, Yaroshuk-Tews stood out among Florida juniors. In the Girl’s 18 Division, she held the No. 1 ranking in Florida and the No. 8 spot nationally.
Yaroshuk-Tews went on to star at UCLA, where she was a four-year letter winner and two-time ITA All-American. The Bruins made the NCAA Team Championship and finished in the top 15 all four of her seasons on the team, including a trio of top-10 finishes. She made an immediate impact as a freshman in 1993, playing No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles for UCLA, who finished No. 13 in the nation. Her junior year, in 1995, Yaroshuk-Tews played No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles for the Bruins, who concluded the year sixth in the country after reaching the Elite Eight. Individually, Yaroshuk-Tews made the NCAA Singles Championship and finished ranked No. 78 nationally.
As a senior in 1996, Yaroshuk-Tews played No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Bruins, who made the Final Four and ended the season ranked fourth. Yaroshuk-Tews won the PAC-10 Indoor and Outdoor Doubles Championships with partner Keri Phebus and achieved ITA All-America and All-PAC-10 honors in both singles and doubles. The Bruins’ top tandem was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation during the 1996 season and finished No. 3, while Yaroshuk-Tews achieved a singles ranking as high as No. 13 and closed at No. 21. She made the round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship. In addition, Yaroshuk-Tews was honored with UCLA’s “Champs Award,” given to the school’s most inspirational female athlete, and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. She was also appointed to the Rolex/ITA Collegiate All-Star Team.
Yaroshuk-Tews graduated from UCLA in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, while earning PAC-10 academic honors. She began UM’s graduate studies program in elementary education during the spring of 1999.
Yaroshuk-Tews is the daughter of Ernie and Carol Yaroshuk. Her father was a member of the University of Miami baseball team from 1961-63, and was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. He holds the third highest batting average (.448) in the program’s single season history. Yaroshuk-Tews and her father form the only father-daughter duo in the UMSHoF.
On Jan. 10, 2004, Yaroshuk-Tews was married to Scott Tews. The couple lives in Palmetto Bay, Fla., with their daughter, Emma, and son, Landon.