There will be a familiar name and face working with the Women of Troy this year as local product Rachel Manasse has been named the new USC women’s tennis volunteer assistant coach, Trojan head coach Alison Swain has announced.
“We are thrilled to have Rachel joining our coaching staff,” said Swain. “Not only does she bring several years of college coaching experience, she was also a nationally ranked doubles and singles player during her college career. I’m confident she will be a great addition to our program.”
Manasse arrives at Troy after most recently coaching one year as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Occidental College. During her tenure with the Tigers, both of her teams were regionally ranked in the West for Division III. The men’s team closed out the year with the No. 16 rank after Manasse brought in the No. 20 Division III men’s recruiting class in the country, while the women finished the season with the No. 18 rank. In addition, both programs were named ITA All-Academic teams.
Before coaching at Occidental, Manasse was an assistant coach for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team for three years. While coaching the Athenas, her team went 75-9 overall and 31-1 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play. In addition to winning three SCIAC Championships, the Athenas competed in the NCAA Division III tournament each year, including a third place finish in 2015.
Manasse also brings a wealth of strength and conditioning knowledge as she is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Condition Association and worked as a strength and conditioning coach during her time at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Before coaching at the collegiate level, Manasse was the Director of Operations at RAMP Tennis Academy in Carson, Calif. and was also a tennis instructor at RAMP Tennis Academy and the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Manasse graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2012 with a degree in nutrition and dietetics and a minor in chemistry. She was a member of the 49ers women’s tennis team and was nationally ranked in both singles and doubles.
Note: Biographical information on Manasse provided by USC’s Sports Information Department