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  Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott

Player Profile

Hometown:
Newport Beach, Calif.

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Fifth Season

Alma Mater:
San Jose State (1972)

Mark Elliott is in his fifth year as head coach at Southeast Missouri State.

Last year, Elliott coached his second All-OVC performer in Nikole Novikova. Novikova, who returns as the Redhawks top singles player in 2011, recored a team-high seven wins as a freshman.

Elliott was the Director of the Spare Time Junior Tennis Academy in Roseville, Calif., before taking over the Southeast helm on November 16, 2006.

In Elliott's first year with the program, Southeast finished at 11-14 overall and 5-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks, led by Second-Team All-OVC selection Bryce Kristal, advanced to the league's postseason tournament. Southeast's 11 victories in 2007 currently stand as the most in a season under Elliott.

In addition to his coaching experience at Southeast, Elliott boasts an impressive international tennis resume. He was head coach of the China men's and women's teams for three years, where he mentored Tian Tian Sun and Ting Li. Sun and Li won a gold medal in women's doubles at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Elliott was also a talent coach in China and Hong Kong from 2003-05.

Prior to moving to the Far East, Elliott was the Director of Tennis at the Kapalua Tennis Club in Hawai'i from 1999-2001 and spent six years as a Junior Wimbledon Coach for the United States Tennis Association. Matt Anger, Patrick McEnroe and Luke Jensen were some of the players he coached during that time.

Elliott served as Anger's coach on the ATP Tour from 1984-89, where he was at one time ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world. In 1986, Elliott was the U.S. head coach at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan and claimed United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Northern California Coach-of-the-Year honors. Anger competed professionally for 10 years, where he played in the Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. He advanced to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon twice in mixed doubles with partner Gail Hansen (1972, 1974).

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Elliott earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education and European History from San Jose State (1972), where he was a member of the Spartans tennis team.

 
 

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