September 6, 2011

Eagle Tennis Adds Former NCAA Standout Mykala Hedberg to Coaching Staff

Ranked among the top 20 doubles players in the nation during career at LSU, Hedberg brings valuable experience to first full-time Division I coaching position

Eastern Washington University head tennis coach Darren Haworth is pleased to announce the hiring of Mykala Hedberg as the new associate head women's coach at Eastern.

Hedberg comes to Cheney after a highly-successful collegiate playing career at Louisiana State University, as well as several years as a teaching professional and private coach.

Upon graduating from LSU, Hedberg served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Tigers during the 2010 season. She has also spent more than two years coaching at a variety of clubs in Louisiana, New York and California. This past year, she served as head girls tennis coach at Oxnard High School, helping the Yellow Jackets to a second-place finish in the Pacific View League.

Hedberg is originally from Oxnard, Calif., and she is the older sister of Eastern's highly-touted recruit Moira Hedberg, who will begin her first season with the Eagles this fall.

"Mykala will be an awesome addition to the program," said Haworth. "I believe she is one of the best up-and-coming young coaches in the country and we are glad to have her here at EWU. She has both great coaching and playing experience that will no doubt make her a very valuable asset to the program. With her ties in California and throughout the country, she will also significantly help our recruiting efforts."

As a collegiate athlete, Hedberg became one of the most prolific doubles players in LSU history. She amassed 87 career victories during her four-year tenure, and was frequently ranked among the top 20 doubles players in the nation.

Hedberg earned her highest ITA ranking of No. 11 during her senior season, in which she, and partner Megan Falcon, finished with an impressive 27-10 overall record. Hedberg and Falcon claimed eight doubles victories over nationally-ranked opponents that season, and claimed the 2008 ITA Southwest Region doubles title. As a pair, Hedberg and Falcon twice competed in the NCAA championships.

Although her most significant impact was in doubles, Hedberg was also a dominant force in singles play. She celebrated many notable wins as LSU's No. 2 player, including arguably the biggest of her career - a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over 48th-ranked Marija Zubori of South Carolina.

Also during her 2008-09 season, Hedberg clinched a match for the Tigers against 13th-ranked Kentucky with a victory at No. 2 singles. For that performance against UK, Hedberg earned SEC Player of the Week honors. She was also a 2008 and 2009 All-Louisiana selection.

In singles, Hedberg ranked as high as No. 19 in the Southwest Region during her junior campaign, and climbed to No. 25 in the ITA rankings as a senior. In her career, she had six singles victories versus Top-125 opponents.

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