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Wisconsin hires former West Virginia women's tennis coach Tina Samara

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After former women's tennis head coach Brian Fleishman resigned in early May, Wisconsin announced his replacement on Monday in West Virginia coach Tina Samara. Samara was at WVU since the 2010-11 season. "We’re pleased to add Tina to our staff," Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. "I was impressed with her background and her intensity. I like the fact that she’s developed her own program. She has a vision and ideas to move this program forward." As a player, Samara was a two-time All-American at Georgia. In her 25-year coaching career, she has spent time at Colorado, Louisiana-Lafayette and West Virginia, in addition to five years on the USTA/WTA/LTA Pro tour. In her three seasons at WVA, she rebuilt the program after recruiting two of the highest-ranked recruits in school history. She's also a native of Oyster Bay, N.Y., so that'll make Billy Joel happy. And that makes me happy.

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