Former All-American and All-SEC selection Alison Ojeda enters her fifth season as a coach at Baylor. She was named the assistant coach of Baylor's women's tennis program on June 30, 2010, and was then promoted to associate head coach on July 13, 2012.
Ojeda has made an immediate impact on the women's tennis program, helping develop players into elite competitors nationally.
Last season, Ojeda helped the Lady Bears win both titles in the Big 12 regular season and at the conference championship for the second time in her career. BU finished with a 26-7 overall record and ended the season ranked No. 14 in the country. For third time in Ojeda's four years, the Lady Bears advanced to the NCAA round of 16. Baylor was once again dominant in Big 12 play under Ojeda's watch, tallying the first undefeated (9-0) league season since 2010. Individually, Ojeda mentored freshman Blair Shankle to a breakout season as she led the team with 24 victories. She also guided returning All-American Ema Burgic to Most Outstanding Player honors at the Big 12 Championship. Shankle went on with partner Victoria Kisialeva to earn All-America doubles honors by advancing to the NCAA Doubles Championship quarterfinals.
In 2013, Ojeda tutored sophomore Ema Burgic to All-American status and a No. 11 final singles ranking. She also mentored Burgic and doubles partner Victoria Kisialeva to a final ranking of No. 10 and All-American honors. Ojeda helped head coach Joey Scrivano turn around the 2013 season as the Lady Bears won 10 of their last 12 matches to finish 17-15 overall and earn the program's ninth Big 12 regular season title and ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships.
In 2012, Ojeda helped guide three BU players (Diana Nakic, Sona Novakova and Nina Secerbegovic) to top-50 singles rankings. Nakic and Secerbegovic both earned All-American singles honors under her watch, while the duo of Secerbegovic and Burgic were doubles All-Americans. As a team in Ojeda's second year, Baylor reached the NCAA Round of 16 for an eighth consecutive season and finished the year ranked No. 13.
In her first season at Baylor, the Lady Bears finished the year with a trip to the NCAA Final Four and compiled a 29-4 record, including Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles. Individually, Ojeda contributed to the development of four nationally-ranked singles players, all in the top 65, as well as two top-60 doubles combinations.
Coming to Baylor after five seasons at Middle Tennessee State, Ojeda had inherited an MTSU team with just two returning players in 2005, but took the program back to the national rankings in 2010. Helping the Blue Raiders to their first winning season in six years, Ojeda led MTSU to an 11-10 record, while earning an ITA ranking of No. 75 after a 5-0 start. After winning 15 matches in her first two seasons, she led her team to nine wins in her third and fourth year at the helm.
Ojeda was an assistant coach at Alabama in 2005 and served two years at Texas A&M, earning the 2004 Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor. Alabama fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and finished the year ranked 38th nationally. TAMU posted a 44-19 record during her two seasons in College Station, winning Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles and making a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the Sweet 16 in 2003.
While at Texas A&M, Ojeda helped the Aggies finish the 2004 season ranked 16th in the nation. She also coached four All-Big 12 players and one All-American, Jessica Roland.
Ojeda spent eight months on the WTA tour in 2004 between her stops as an assistant at Texas A&M and Alabama. She also was the tournament founder and director for the College Station Open, a 64-player open level tournament, during her time as an Aggie.
The San Antonio, Texas, native enjoyed a stellar playing career at the University of Tennessee, posting 102 singles and 100 doubles victories. She earned All-America honors in singles as a junior, was a four-time Academic All-SEC selection, and was voted the national recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Humanitarian Award and Cissie B. Leary Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 2002. The Cissie B. Leary Award is presented to someone who displays inspiring commitment and dedication to her team, enhancing the team's performance and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis. Ojeda was the Southeast Region winner of the Cissie B. Leary Award as a junior, as well.
Ojeda was also a three-time SEC Sportsmanship Award honoree. During her senior year, she helped captain UT's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Ojeda finished her career ranked 26th in the country in singles and 59th in doubles. She finished ranked No. 23 in singles and No. 16 in doubles as a junior, making the NCAA Individual Championships in both events and leading UT to its first-ever SEC championship match appearance. The Lady Vols finished the year ranked No. 6 nationally, the team's first Top 10 final ranking in 25 years.
As a sophomore, she ended the year ranked 38th in singles and 21st in doubles, making her first NCAA Championships appearance in both singles and doubles. She posted a 47-22 combined mark as a freshman, picking up Tennessee's lone point in the NCAA Team Championship in a loss to Stanford.
Ojeda garnered first-team All-SEC honors in singles as a junior and second-team accolades in doubles as a sophomore. She is one of only three players in Lady Vols history to post more than 100 victories in both singles and doubles.
Ojeda was a three-time all-state selection at Douglas MacArthur High School and registered a 2008 combined singles and doubles mark. She reached the finals of the state tournament as a senior before falling in the title match and also advanced to the state tourney as a sophomore and junior. She played in the Sugar Bowl Tournament and National Indoor Championships in 1996-97.