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Melissa Hoffmeister will enter her first season as Evangel’s head coach of the women’s tennis program in 2014-15. The upcoming season will be her first as a head coach.
Hoffmeister played collegiate tennis at the University of Arkansas from 2006 to 2008 following a stellar prep career at Joplin High School. Hoffmeister won the Missouri Class 2 individual state championship in singles in 2005 and had a fifth place finish in the state as a freshman in 2002 and as a junior in 2004. She won the singles championship in the Ozark Conference in each of her four years of high school and won district titles all four seasons. She exited high school with a career singles record of 132-13 and was ranked in the top 125 nationally by TennisRPI.
She was a three-time letter winner at Arkansas and was on a Razorbacks team that won the Southeastern Conference’s West Division in 2008 and advanced to the national quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament finishing with an 18-10 record. Hoffmeister was on the SEC academic Honor Roll twice during her career.
Hoffmeister graduated from Arkansas with a degree in Education and she earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Missouri State in 2013. She currently works in the Springfield Public Schools as a Special Education instructor at Parkview High School.
Both of Hoffmeister’s parents played collegiate tennis at Drury University and her grandmother, Ann Hacker, was the head women’s tennis coach at Southwest Baptist University from 1983-92 and left as their program’s all-time winningest head coach.
In addition to her tennis career, Hoffmeister is a violinist and has been a part of the Drury University Civic Orchestra and the Missouri Southern State University Symphony.
She is just the third head coach for Evangel tennis since the program was revived in 2000 after a 12 year absence. She follows Debbie De Almeida-Vendelin (2006-2014) and Celeste Jenkins (2000-2005).