FAYETTEVILLE – Former Razorback Audrey Bordeleau has returned to the Arkansas women’s tennis team as an assistant coach, head coach Michael Hegarty announced on Wednesday.
Bordeleau, who is from Quebec City, Quebec, lettered for the Razorbacks from 2005-08.
She was one of the first signees for Hegarty when he took over the program just prior to the 2004 season.
"We are very excited with the addition of Audrey to our staff," Hegarty says. "She brings some unique qualities to the table after having been through our program from the very beginning. Right from her initial recruitment all the way through today she has worked hard to improve herself and there is nobody who loves the program more."
Bordeleau played in the middle of the lineup and helped Arkansas improve from 8-13 the year before she arrived to 11-11 in 2005, 10-11 in 2006, 11-11 in 2007 and 18-10 in 2008.
The 2008 club won the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division title and advanced to the round of eight in the NCAA Tournament, matching the best performance in school history.
As a senior, Bordeleau was 17-8 in singles and a team-leading 22-3 in doubles, helping Arkansas record wins over six teams ranked in the top 20. In the NCAA Tournament, the Razorbacks knocked off No. 46 Wake Forest, 4-0, No. 14 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 4-3, and No. 2 Georgia, 4-2, before losing to No. 7 UCLA, 4-0.
Bordeleau was 15-14 as a freshman, 15-7 as a sophomore and 10-11 as a junior for a career record of 57-40. She also helped the 2006 team earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament, which was Arkansas’ first appearance since 2001.
"Not many players we have coached improved as much as Audrey did, so our current student-athletes will benefit greatly from her first-hand experience in winning countless SEC matches," Hegarty says. "There is no question that she is the perfect fit for our team."
A team captain on the court, off the court, she was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, was named to the 2008 SEC Community Service Team and participated in several community service projects, including the Sweat Hogs, Lift Up America and with Arkansas Athletes Outreach.
A six-time participant in the Canadian National Junior Championship, she finished ninth in 2003.
She earned her bachelor’s in business administration in 2008. Since graduating, she has worked with the Razorbacks as a volunteer assistant coach, as a student-athlete academic counselor and as a club pro at Fayetteville Athletic Club.
The Razorbacks were 18-10 last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the third straight season and the fourth time in five years.