Jodi Valenti returns for her 12th season overall with the tennis program and sixth as the head coach in 2018.
In 2017, Valenti recorded the most victories (9) since she took over the program in 2013.
Valenti was named the NAJC Coach of the Year in 2015. The Cougars won eight matches despite being picked to finish fifth in the league standings. Perhaps even more impressively, senior Shruti Nadkarni earned the distinction of being the Kean University Valedictorian at the school’s 2016 graduation, a feat that is unprecedented for a Kean student-athlete.
In her second season at the helm of the program, she led the Cougars to an 8-5 record.
Valenti was elevated to the head coaching position prior to the 2013 season. That year's team finished with six wins and boasted a First-Team All-NJAC selection.
A four year player for the Cougars, Valenti still holds the record for wins in a season with 20 (including tournament play) in singles competition.
Valenti received her Bachelor of Arts degree in health and physical education from Kean University in 2003 and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Adminstration from Kean in 2009. She is currently a physical education teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Bergen County, N.J. and a tennis specialist at Ramapo Country Day camp in Airmont N.Y. In the spring, Valenti is an assistant softball coach at Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi, N.J.
Former Cougar Erin Hendricks joins the Kean University women’s tennis coaching staff for her third season on the sidelines in 2018.
Hendricks was a four-year member of the women's tennis team, totaling 29 wins including 16 doubles victories and 13 singles victories.
Former Cougar Michelle Luis joins the Kean University women’s tennis coaching staff for her second season on the sidelines in 2018. Luis earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kean in 2016 and recently earned her M.A. in Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology from Kean in 2018.
A three year captain on the tennis team, Luis collected 15 wins including eight doubles victories and seven singles victories. In 2016, she went a perfect 6-0 in doubles matches.
She was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and on SAAC during her time as a student-athlete.