HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that Interim Director of Tennis and Women's Tennis Head Coach Paula Miller has been promoted to Director of Tennis and Women's Tennis Head Coach.
"We are thrilled that Paula Miller, a true Brave and Bobcat, will succeed our Hall of Fame Coach Mike Quitko," McDonald said. "Paula has been an outstanding and very loyal student-athlete, assistant coach and interim head coach/director, and on behalf of myself, our staff and student-athletes, welcome Paula into her new role. Paula has already continued the outstanding tradition of success with a MAAC Championship this past spring."
With Miller at the helm, Quinnipiac remained at the top and won its second consecutive MAAC Championship this past season. The Bobcats went 8-0 in league play through the regular season, and then captured the program's eighth division I conference championship with a 4-0 sweep of Niagara in the finals. The win clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where Quinnipiac faced off against nationally-ranked No. North Carolina.
"I'm honored and excited to be become the Director of Tennis and Women's Head Tennis Coach at Quinnipiac," Miller said. "Over the last 23 years, I have had the opportunity to play for and coach with former head coach Mike Quitko. I deeply respect his commitment to the team and Quinnipiac for so many years. He has taught me everything as a player and coach, and I look forward to continuing the great success of Quinnipiac tennis."
At the league's annual awards banquet, Miller won the MAAC Coach of the Year award as she guided them to their second consecutive undefeated regular season. The Bobcats went 12-9 overall in Miller's first season.
Along with team success come individual student-athlete accomplishments as well. Between singles and doubles, Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, New York), Rachel Horton (Stamford, Connecticut), Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, New Jersey), Sydney Young (Austin Texas), Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Florida) and Sitilia Rencheli (Sarasota, Florida) were named First Team All-MAAC while Dzulynsky, Rencheli, Young and Ariana Launie (Milton, Massachusetts) claimed Second Team honors as well.
Academically, Dassa, Horton, Raynor, Rencheli, Daniella Reyes (Burr Ridge, Illinois) and Young each earned MAAC All-Academic Team selections at the banquet. Many of these student-athletes balance athletics along with some of the most difficult academic programs that Quinnipiac has offer.
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TRANSACTIONS: Paula Miller Elevated to Quinnipiac Director of Tennis & Head Women's Tennis Coach