TENNIS

Olivia Leavitt named head coach of women’s tennis

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Lehigh Athletics has announced the hiring of Olivia Leavitt as head coach of the Mountain Hawks women’s tennis program. Leavitt, who will be in his first head coaching role, comes to Lehigh after spending the past two seasons in the Patriot League as an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Colgate.

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“I want to thank Joe Sterrett, Sue Troyan, Chris Wakeley and the rest of the Lehigh Athletics staff for this incredible opportunity,” said Leavitt. “I am thrilled to join the Lehigh Athletics community as the next head coach of women’s tennis. I look forward to building a championship program rooted in the Lehigh values: Learn. Growing up. Conduct.”

“We are delighted to have Olivia join our team,” said the assistant athletic director. Sue Troyan said. “His maturity and enthusiasm throughout the interview process reflected a level of passion and commitment that was compelling and reminiscent of some of Lehigh’s highly successful coaches who started their careers with similar backgrounds.”

Leavitt’s two seasons at Colgate were highlighted by an 11-win season for the women in 2021-22 and a Patriot League semifinal appearance for the men in 2021.
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Prior to her arrival at Colgate, Leavitt spent a season as an assistant coach at Babson, which followed a stellar playing career at Brandeis.

While at Babson, Leavitt helped lead the Beavers men’s team to their first national ranking in program history and helped set up nationally ranked recruiting classes for the men’s and women’s programs at Babson.

Leavitt entered the coaching ranks after a successful career as a student-athlete at Brandeis, where she won 44 singles matches and 52 doubles matches. She helped the judges reach eighth place in the national rankings, and the program made a regional final in its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2018. Leavitt was a three-time All-University Athletics doubles draft pick. Association and three times ITA. Recipient of the Scholar-Athlete award.

The Falmouth, Maine native served as judges’ captain in her senior season and served three years on the Brandeis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as chair during the 2018-19 school year.

“Olivia has earned a positive reputation in the women’s tennis coaching community as one of its rising stars, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our Lehigh family,” said Lehigh’s Associate Director of Athletics. Chris Wakeley, who led the research process. “She will bring a growth mindset to her role as head coach with a focus on developing our student-athletes in all aspects of their experience at Lehigh, this was evident in her experiences playing and college coaching programs. Olivia has demonstrated a strong understanding of the academic and athletic demands of the Patriot League and an ability to recruit through her coaching experiences at Colgate. We look forward to beginning to work with Olivia as she leads our women’s tennis program at Lehigh.

“Olivia’s ability to cultivate meaningful relationships, coupled with her dedication to learning and willingness to collaborate, will positively influence her approach to recruiting talented student-athletes,” added the Head Women’s Soccer Coach. . Lauren Calabresewho served on the search committee.

In addition to her college playing and coaching experience, Leavitt served as a professional tennis assistant at Portland Country Club in 2016 and has also worked in camps at Bowdoin College and North Yarmouth Academy.

Leavitt graduated from Brandeis in 2019 with a Bachelor of Commerce. She is currently pursuing an online Master of Science in Sports Management at the University of Florida.

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