Yana S. Carollo was named the Miami University head women's tennis coach on Aug. 14, 2014.
Carollo enters her third season as the RedHawks' head coach, following a 12-10 campaign that saw Miami win its eighth-consecutive MAC regular season title. The RedHawks posted a 7-1 conference mark, sharing the championship with Ball State.
On the court, Miami earned a victory over No. 55 Marshall and sent two players to the Round of 32 at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship. Freshman Emily Struble won a record-breaking 29 regular-season matches, the most for any Miami player in a single season. Under Carollo's guidance, sophomore Nelli Ponomareva and freshman Anzhelika Shapovalova were named to the 2016 All-MAC Team. The All-MAC performers also took home five MAC Singles and Doubles Player of the Week awards.
Senior Ana Rajkovic was honored with Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award, in addition to being named to the Academic All-MAC Team with three other teammates. Junior Andreea Badileanu and sophomore Anastasiia Vasiukhina were awarded with the MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Laurel.
In her first season, the RedHawks finished 16-7 and clinched both the MAC regular season and tournament championships. Miami also earned its third-straight appearance in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship, falling to Michigan in the first round. Senior Alix Thurman and Badileanu, were named to the All-MAC Team. The duo also received three combined MAC Singles Player of the Week awards. Four RedHawks doubles tandems were named MAC Doubles Player of the Week. Additionally, MAC Tournament MVP Thurman and freshman Hannah Shteyn earned placement on the All-Tournament Team.
Carollo came to Miami after spending eight of the previous 10 years as the associate head women's tennis coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time at VCU, the Rams were a perennial power amassing a 67-17 mark during her first stint as associate head coach from 2004-07 and a 96-32 mark over the last five years. In 2006, the team seized the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, falling to second-ranked Southern California in its only loss of the season. VCU recorded a program record 29-1 mark in 2006 and earned a No. 12 ranking in the final poll. Following the 2006 campaign, Carollo was tabbed the NCAA Division I East Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
The team was ranked among the top-25 in two of her first three years with the Rams from the 2004-05 to 2006-07 seasons. In 2010, Carollo returned to VCU and continued to craft and guide a successful Rams program both on and off the court that has enjoyed a top-50 ranking each of the past four years and a 100-percent Federal Graduation Rate since 2010. Over her eight years coaching the Black and Gold, the team won five conference titles, notching CAA crowns in 2006, 2010 and 2012 and Atlantic 10 titles in 2013 and 2014. VCU also made nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2006 to 2014, and Carollo was a part of seven of those postseason berths.
Carollo spent just over two years in between her time at VCU as a high-level instructor in Catania, Italy, coaching youth, junior and WTA tennis professionals.
Her knowledge of the game comes first-hand after being a fierce competitor for the Rams from 1999 to 2002. During her four years, she constantly served as the team's leader and finished with an impressive 72-26 singles record and 53-22 mark in doubles competition. Her 72 singles win currently ranks fifth all-time in the program's history.
She was a two-time All-CAA honoree, which included a 20-win freshman campaign, in which she earned first-team honors and went unbeaten at the CAA Tournament. Carollo also was an All-America Scholar in 2000.
Her playing career includes a professional stint on the WTA tour, ranking as high as No. 529 in the world. Prior to her playing career at VCU, she was a member of the Belarus National Fed Cup Team from 1996-97.
Carollo earned a bachelor's degree in political science from VCU in 2001 and a master's degree in business also from VCU in 2005.