Keri Wong named Tulane Women’s Tennis Assistant Coach

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NEW ORLEANS – Ahead of her first season as Tulane’s women’s tennis head coach, Maria Brito has hired two-time All-American Keri Wong as assistant coach.

Wong previously served as a volunteer assistant under Brito and head coach Nancy Harris at Clemson for the last three seasons and competed five years on the professional circuit following a stellar four-year career with the Tigers from 2009-12.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Keri to the Green Wave family,” Brito said. “She brings so much experience, not only from college, but also as a professional. I have known Keri for 10 years, and I can’t wait for her to get started. I know that she will be an incredible coach and asset to our student-athletes.”

An All-America honoree in 2009 and 2011, Wong was also a three-time All-ACC selection. In 2011, she and partner Josipa Bek were runners-up at the NCAA Doubles Championship. During that same season, the pair ascended to a No. 1 national ranking to become the first Clemson doubles team to ever accomplish the feat.

Among her many accomplishments as a Tiger, Wong was also a doubles finalist at the 2010 ITA National Indoor Championships and ITA All-American Championships, as well as an ITA Carolinas Region doubles champion in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011. A Jackson, Miss., native, Wong finished her Clemson career with 102 singles wins and 117 doubles wins, the third-most total wins in school history.

“I’m excited and grateful to become part of the Tulane family,” Wong said. ” I want to thank everyone in the athletics department for giving me the opportunity to work with some of the best people at one of the best institutions in the country. I’m honored to be able to work alongside Coach Brito, who is a great college coach and has been a mentor to me for the last decade. I’m excited for this next journey and I look forward to getting started.”

Wong succeeded at a high level as a professional, particularly in doubles, in which she was ranked as high as No. 156 in the world. On her resume, she also has seven-career ITF doubles titles to her name and was a doubles semifinalist at the WTA 250 Citi Open in 2014 and a quarterfinalist at the same event in 2015.

“In addition to Coach Brito, I would also like to thank Clemson and head coach Nancy Harris for everything during the past three seasons,” Wong said. “I’ve learned a lot of great things under their guidance and they have inspired me to be a collegiate coach. I want to continue what I’ve learned and transition those things into this journey.”

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