Former WTA Top 100 touring professional Anousjka van Exel was named assistant coach for the Baylor women's tennis program prior to the 2007-08 season and is in her second season with the Bears.
The 2008 season was a banner year for the Lady Bears: 32-3 dual match record, 11-0 in Big 12 regular season play, midseason ranking of No. 2 in the nation (program high) and finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation. The Lady Bears won their fourth-straight Big 12 Conference regular season championship and their third-straight conference tournament championship.
"We are extremely excited to have Anousjka join our staff," Scrivano said. "Her wealth of experience from being a collegiate All-American, playing at the highest level in Grand Slam events, and coaching experience is going to be a great addition to our program."
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with an elite program like Baylor," van Exel said. "Being able to work with Coach Scrivano, who is well-known and well-respected among his athletes and fellow coaches, is a great start. Everyone here really wants to be successful and do well; that fits perfectly with my philosophy of always wanting to do your best."
Prior to joining the staff, van Exel was at Texas Woman's University where she was working towards her master's degree in exercise and sport nutrition. She also holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Tulsa University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1999.
During van Exel's collegiate career, she was twice honored as the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year (1998, 1999). In that two year span, van Exel also was named an NCAA All-American, an All-WAC first-team member in singles and doubles, an Academic All-WAC first-team member, an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-American, and was a GTE CoSIDA Academic All-America award recipient in 1999.
As a professional, van Exel played from 2001 to 2004; she competed on some of the biggest stages including the U.S. Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Most memorably, van Exel faced Martina Navratilova in front of a sold-out crowd at Wimbledon.
Van Exel also competed for the Netherlands as a member of her native lands 2003 Fed Cup team.