EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE women's tennis Head Coach Amanda Pratzel announced she will step down from her position at SIUE to join the United States Tennis Association's Kansas City office.
Pratzel will become the USTA Missouri Valley Youth Pathway Manager. The position oversees the ROGY (Red-Orange-Green-Yellow) 10 and under programs as well as Junior Team Tennis in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and southwestern Illinois.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunity presented to Amanda," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. "She did an outstanding job of helping us grow and elevate the women's and men's tennis programs to a higher level. She is a great, involved and committed employee. We will miss her very much."
Pratzel, who led the SIUE women's tennis team to an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearance this past season, was named the ninth head women's tennis coach in 2014. During her first season as a head coach, she led the team to an Ohio Valley Conference record of 7-3, which included a five-match win streak. She oversaw the development of Lexi Aranda and Mia Frogner, who were the first All-OVC first team selections since the team joined the conference.
She joined SIUE as an assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis programs before the 2010-11 season under Jason Coomer. Her work helped both programs earn first-ever bids to the OVC Tournament.
A native of Chesterfield, Mo., Pratzel played Division I tennis at Missouri and Oklahoma. She was a graduate assistant at Ball State University, where she received her master's in sports administration. She worked with game operations and academic advising for one year and two seasons with the women's tennis program. Pratzel also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Missouri as well as a tennis instructor at the Missouri Athletic Club in charge of the summer junior tennis programs.
As a player at Missouri, Pratzel finished the 2006 spring season with a 15-6 singles mark. She continued to make an impact in singles and doubles her senior season, winning the Minnesota Gopher Invitational with teammate Erika Josbena. The duo also knocked off the No. 50-ranked team from Iowa 8-2 in that tournament. She was selected to the 2007 Academic All-Big 12 first team. Pratzel earned a bachelor's degree in nutrition and fitness from Missouri in 2007.