Senior and assistant coach garner recognition.
Rebekah (Forney) Rhodes came to Baylor after a stellar four-year tennis career at the University of Texas. However, she's very familiar with Baylor since her sisters, Leigh Ann (1988-92) and Rachel (1989-93), were standouts on the Baylor women's team.
Since her arrival, Rhodes, who begins her third season at Baylor, has helped Joey Scrivano mold the Bears into a national power. Last season Rhodes, Scrivano, and volunteer coach John Faribault guided the women's program to an undefeated (11-0) Big 12 Conference season, the team's second Big 12 title and to the NCAA Round of 16. In addition, freshman sensation Zuzana Zemenova claimed the NCAA singles championship becoming the first unseeded player to accomplish the feat. For their efforts, Rhodes was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Rhodes, who hails from New Braunfels and maintained a 4.0 GPA while in college, was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and led the Longhorns to the 2002 Big 12 Conference championship. She was the tennis team's MVP that season and won the presitigious ITA Southwest Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Over her four years, Rhodes posted an 80-40 singles record and was 76-33 in doubles. She received a finance degree from Texas in 2002.
After graduating from Texas, Rhodes put her finance major to practice by working as a credit analyst in the Officer Development Program at the Southwest Bank of Texas before deciding to play professionally.
For several summers Rhodes traveled and played in professional tournaments in the United States and Mexico. During breaks from the pro circuit, she taught tennis at the Houston Racquet Club. Rhodes also has considerable experience teaching tennis mechanics, strategies, fitness and mental toughness.
Rhodes' husband, Scott, is attending Baylor's Law School.