Pine Named Women's Tennis Assistant Coach

Aug. 27, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Melissa Pine, a standout on the Washington State tennis team from 1996-2000, returned to her alma mater, accepting an assistant coaching position with the Cougars, WSU Head Tennis Coach Cari Groce announced Tuesday.

'I'm getting back into the swing of things,' Pine said. 'I'm glad to be back in Pullman, and I'm excited to work with the team. I've been through what they are all going through, and I hope I can make them better players.'

Since graduating with a degree in international business, Pine has been working in the business industry at TekSystems in Vancouver, British Columbia. While working in Canada, Pine continued to play club tennis and competed in tournaments across the area.

Pine, a Newfoundland, Canada native, made her presence felt as a member of the Cougar tennis program during her four-year career.. She is tied for fourth on the career singles victories list with 64. In doubles play, she teamed up with Moniek van de Ven to win 80 percent of their matches (16-4), good for third on the WSU career list.

Pine also showed her skills in the classroom. She was Pac-10 All-Academic First Team in 2000 and an honorable mention in 1998. Pine also was the first Cougar tennis player to earn the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete Award twice (1999 and 2000).

Pine plans to work on a master's degree in business administration while coaching at Washington State.

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