Women's Tennis coach Audra Nothwehr signs contract

    Southern Illinois women's tennis head coach Audra Nothwehr

    Southern Illinois women's tennis head coach Audra Nothwehr
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    Jan. 18, 2013


    CARBONDALE, Ill.-- Saluki Athletics announced today that women's tennis coach Audra Nothwehr has signed a contract through the 2015 season.

    Last season, Nothwehr led the Southern Illinois University women's tennis program to the school's winningest season compiling an overall record of 17-6.

    "I am blessed with a great group of athletes that work very hard and a wonderful assistant (Michela Cruise) that makes my job easier," Nothwehr said. "I am confident that we can bring many more successful seasons to the Saluki women's tennis program."

    Nothwehr enters her sixth season at SIU with an overall record of 72-48 and 23-16 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

    "Under Audra's leadership, our women's tennis program is getting stronger and more competitive, while still doing very well in the classroom," said Kathy Jones, Senior Associate Athletic Director. "That's a great combination for the future of our program, and we hope this contract will help us keep Audra here for a long time."

    Nothwehr returns her entire roster for the 2013 season, including ITA regionally ranked player Melanie Delsart, who finished last season with a 17-6 singles record, and 17-5 mark in doubles play. Delsart and doubles partner Anastacia Simons begin the 2013 campaign ranked as the No. 36 doubles team in the nation. This is just the second time in school history a doubles pair has entered the ITA national doubles rankings.

    A native of Clarinda, Iowa, Nothwehr completed 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.



    Nothwehr 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 as Academic All-American in 2000 and 2001 in both volleyball and tennis.

    Prior to joining the Salukis, Nothwehr 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, Nothwehr was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, and 2007.