Marina Engelbrecht just completed her second season as A-State's head coach. The Red Wolves went 5-11 in 2013 and suffered a narrow defeat to MTSU in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament by a score of 4-3. Sophomore Tamara Slijepcevic was named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team for singles play and A-State won the conference's academic award.
During coach Engelbrecht's first season in 2012, the Red Wolves attained an 11-9 record. A-State freshman Tamara Slijepcevic was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Team under Engelbrecht's watch.
Engelbrecht was a part of three ASU teams that recorded double-figure victories over the last five seasons, including a 10-7 record while advancing to the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 2011. During her time as an assistant coach, the Red Wolves had three players named All-Sun Belt Conference, including freshman Biljana Miloshevska last season.
Also during Engelbrecht's tenure as an assistant coach with the Red Wolves, the tennis program continued its academic success as well. The Red Wolves have been selected as an ITA All-Academic Team each year since 1999 and has historically almost always been at 100 percent for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Prior to serving as an assistant coach, Engelbrecht was one of the most decorated and successful players at No. 1 singles for Arkansas State for three seasons after playing No. 2 her freshman year. At No. 1, Engelbrecht posted an overall mark of 37-9. A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference performer, she was also successful as one-half of ASU's No. 1 doubles pair throughout her career.
The Bloemfontein, South Africa native graduated from ASU in 2006 with a degree in exercise science and received her master's degree in exercise science in August 2008. While a student, she was a member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll every semester and was also a four-time member of the ITA All-Academic team and Scholar-Athlete list.
During the spring of 2006, Engelbrecht received the prestigious Terry Gwin Award, one of the two highest awards an ASU student-athlete may receive.
In addition to her responsibilities as an assistant coach, she was also the Coordinator of Wellness Programs at the newly opened Red W.O.L.F. Center the last three years and served as a part-time instructor at Arkansas State University the last five. Engelbrecht taught Health Promotion II for Exercise Science majors and several sections of Concepts of Fitness, Fitness Walking, Tennis and Badminton.
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