Sept. 9, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Kati Gyulai (Kà Tee U-la-ee), who has been the head women's coach at Louisiana Lafayette, has been named Wyoming's head women's tennis coach, Athletics Director Tom Burman announced Tuesday.
"The hiring of Kati is very exciting for the future of Cowgirl tennis," said Burman. "I believe she will be an outstanding role model for the young women in our program."
Gyulai becomes just the fourth head women's tennis coach in Cowgirl history. She replaces Krissy Hall, who resigned in August to become the head coach at UAB. She will begin her coaching duties on Sept. 10, 2008.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to return to my alma mater," said Gyulai. "I look forward to being part of the university's academic and athletic excellence."
She returns to her alma mater after spending the last two seasons as the head coach of both Louisiana Lafayette's men's and women's tennis teams and one year as an associate head coach.
During the spring of 2008, Gyulai led the women's team to a 16-8 mark overall and an ITA national ranking of 64th during the spring season. On the men's side, they finished 7-12 overall, while Piotrek Banas achieved a number 40 ITA singles national ranking and was named First Team All-Sun Belt conference.
In the spring of 2007, the women's program reentered the ITA national rankings at No. 73 and finished the year with a 13-9 mark. Gyulai coached Myrthe Molenveld to Louisiana's Sports Writers Associations' Freshman of the Year award.
For the men, they finished with 13-9 record in 2007. Piotrek Banas reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Tournament, and won the UT-San Antonio Championship as well as was runner-up at the Louisiana-Lafayette Invitational Tournament. The doubles team of Shaun Ellison and Zack Taylor also reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Tournament. Piotrek Banas and Shaun Ellison were named First Team All-Louisiana.
Gyulai spent the 2005-06 season as the associate women's head coach for the Louisiana-Lafayette women's tennis team. They finished the spring 2006 season ranked 73rd nationally with a 14-6 record. The team was ranked as high as No. 51 during the spring. It marked the first national ranking in the history of UL women's tennis. The doubles team of Tammy Day and Chanell Meijer were also nationally ranked 46th.
Prior to UL, Gyulai spent the 2004-05 campaign at fellow Sun Belt Conference member New Orleans as an assistant coach. That season, the UNO women's tennis team finished with a 14-4 overall record. She coached Lucie Mazinova to All-Sun Belt honors. While in New Orleans, Gyulai worked as a teaching pro and was also the advanced women's league coordinator for the New Orleans League Tennis Association.
During the 2003-04 season, Gyulai served as an assistant coach with the men's and women's teams' at the University of Texas-Pan American. While at UTPA, she also taught kinesiology classes. Her duties at UTPA included recruiting for the women's tennis program, on court coaching and the monitoring academic progress.
Gyulai was a two-year letterwinner as a member of the University of Wyoming's tennis team from 2001-2003. She recorded a 12-9 mark as a senior in singles play. In 2003, she earned her bachelor's degree in international studies with concentration in Eastern Europe. At Wyoming, she was named to the Mountain West Conference Academic All-Conference teams and was a member of the honor roll in 2002 and 2003. Gyulai was also a recipient of the Cowboy Joe Athletic Club, Rendel Family Athletic Scholarship.
Gyulai is a native of Hungary but was raised in Transylvania, Romania. She received her MBA at UL in December 2007. She holds her United States Tennis Association Professional 1 certification and a certified USTA official.