Audra Anderson
    Audra Anderson

    Clarinda, Iowa

    Last College:
    Concordia University (2001)

    Head Coach

    7th Year


    Women's Tennis Adds Four For 2014-15

    This marks the largest recruiting class for the Salukis since 2011 when SIU coach Audra Anderson signed four players.


    Southern Falls to Drake in Semi's of the MVC Championship

    The Salukis have 17 or more wins in each of the last three years.


    Women's Tennis Downs Bradley 4-0; Advance to Semifinals of MVC Championship

    The Salukis have 17 or more wins in each of the last three years.


    Southern Downs Illinois State to Secure the No. 2 Seed at MVC Championships

    The Salukis defeated the Redbirds in Normal for the first time in head coach Audra Aderson's tenure.


    Salukis dominate Bradley 7-0

    With the win, SIU is tied for second in the MVC headed into the final match of the season Saturday.

    Audra Anderson enters her seventh season at Southern Illinois University with an overall record of 91-53 and 30-17 in Missouri Valley Conference.

    In 2013 Southern came out on fire, winning 9-of-10 matches to start the season and finishing with a school record 19 wins. Anderson was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the first time in her career. The Salukis concluded their season at the MVC Championships where they fell to Wichita State to end the season. SIU was led by senior Melanie Delsart who finished 22-11 in singles play and Natasha Tomishima who finished with a team-high 25 wins. Delsart and partner Anastacia Simons finished their season with a 29-6 doubles record while going 5-2 in the MVC.

    The Salukis finished with a 17-6 record and a 5-2 MVC record in the 2012 season. SIU was led by Delsart who finished the year with a 17-5 record, which all were at the No. 1 singles position.

    SIU concluded the 2011 season after compiling a 12-13 overall record and a 4-5 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. Southern was led by sophomore Melanie Delsart with a 12-10 No. 1 singles record while Korey Love finished with an 11-10 record.

    The 2010 Salukis began right where they left off in the previous season. After an arduous non-conference schedule that saw them face Marshall, Louisville and Tulane early in the year, the team posted a 15-9 overall record (5-2 MVC). In addition, Melanie Delsart earned MVC Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the first Saluki tennis player to earn the award. Martina Vianna Ce earned her third MVC Scholar-Athlete team nod, while Emily Whitney was honorable mention.

    The 2009 season was a year of great progress for the Saluki women's tennis program, as seniors Fadzai Mawisire and Ame Blacketer headlined Southern's best finish in 18 years with a 17-8 overall record. Both players were named MVC all-conference, while Mawisire was named the Valley's Player of the Year. The Salukis would advance all the way to the MVC semifinals before bowing out.

    In the 2008 season, Anderson led the Salukis to a 11-12 record (4-4 MVC). Southern was led by senior Sabine Tsala Mvilong's 15-8 record in top singles and Jessica Flannery's 13-9 mark in singles.

    Prior to joining the Salukis, Anderson spent four seasons as head coach of men's and women's tennis at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. During the 2007 season, she was a finalist for NAIA National Women's Coach of the Year. In addition, Anderson was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    In three years at LWC, she took the women's team from last in their conference to a semi-finalist finish in the NAIA National Tournament. Anderson also improved the men's team from 16th in the nation to a quarterfinalist finish at the NAIA National Tournament. In four years of coaching men's and women's tennis in the NAIA, Anderson posted a career record of 141-38.

    A native of Clarinda, Iowa, Anderson did her undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., where she obtained a bachelor's degree in sport management. She played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for four years at Concordia, in addition to playing varsity volleyball for the Bulldogs. Anderson was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Year in 2000. She was All-Conference for four years in tennis as well an Academic All American in 2000 and 2001 in both volleyball and tennis.

    Anderson became a Graduate Assistant Coach at Concordia University while getting her Masters Degree in Education Administration with a specialization in Post-Secondary Athletics. At the same time, she fulfilled her graduate internship working for the volleyball office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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