July 25, 2005
ATLANTA – Mariel Verban, a two-time All-American and the 2001 SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament MVP, has been named the assistant coach for the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team, head coach Bryan Shelton announced Monday afternoon.
“I am really excited about adding such an accomplished player and coach to our staff,” said Shelton. “Mariel’s strong work ethic and discipline combined with her wealth of experience as a two-time All-American will be such an asset to not only our players, but also to our coaching staff.”
A 2002 graduate of the University of Georgia, Verban played for the Bulldogs during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, where she helped the team to an SEC Regular Season Championship, an SEC Tournament Championship, a USTA/ITA National Indoor Team Championship and a pair of appearances in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships. She also earned first-team all-conference honors in 2002 after being named an All-American for the second time in her career the previous season.
Verban began her collegiate career at Wake Forest, where she earned all-conference honors and was named the 1998 ACC Rookie of the Year. The following year she became the seventh Demon Deacon in the history of the program to earn All-America honors.
Verban begins her career as a collegiate coach after serving as an account executive for the Martin E. Janis & Company Public Relations office in Chicago, where she was responsible for the maintenance of portfolios and press packets for the company’s clients.
Prior to her appointment at M.E. Janis & Co., Verban worked for the National Collegiate Scouting Association, where she provided guidance and support to high school student-athletes while assisting in the collegiate recruiting process.
A native of Bloomington, Ind., Verban, 25, replaces Nannie de Villiers, the 2005 ITA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year, who left the Institute to pursue other coaching opportunities.