Manasse Named Head Tennis Coach at Occidental

Manasse Named Head Tennis Coach at Occidental

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Former Claremont-Mudd-Scripps assistant women's tennis coach Rachel Manasse has been named Occidental's head men's and women's tennis coach, associate vice president and director of athletics Jaime Hoffman announced on Friday.

"This is the perfect time for Oxy tennis to take on a coach with Rachel's experience," Hoffman said. "She comes from a championship program, she's played at the highest levels, she has small liberal arts recruiting experience and is a true teacher of the game. We're ready for her."

During her time at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the Athenas went 75-9 overall, 31-1 in SCIAC play, won three SCIAC Championships and advanced deep into the NCAA tournament in all three seasons, including a pair of semifinals appearances and a third-place finish in 2014-15.

"I'm really excited to take on this challenge and help my players grow not just as athletes but as people and students," Manasse said. "Oxy has a terrific blend of elite academics and a strong history of athletic success. I look forward to building a strong team and being a team player in the athletic department."

Manasse takes over for Ghia Godfree who stepped down in August to pursue her passion for writing.

Manasse also has an impressive record as a player. She was a top Southern California junior competitor out of Mira Costa HS before attending Long Beach St. on a full tennis scholarship where she was ranked nationally in both singles and doubles. She was also an All-Conference selection four times and a Dean's list student at Long Beach St. 

After graduating, Manasse became a Tennis Instructor for the Manhattan Country Club in 2012 before becoming a Marketing Director, as well as Tennis Coach, for RAMP Tennis Academy located at the USTA Player Development-West in Carson.

Manasse is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist and has also been a strength coach at CMS. She is a competitive power lifter and still plays in a handful of open tennis tournaments each year. She has one WTA point after playing professionally for six months after college.

-- Courtesy of Occidental Sports Information --