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July 8, 2014

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF women's tennis head coach Stephanie Nickitas has announced she has hired Andrew Veeder as assistant coach. Veeder ventures to Orlando from Melbourne where he was an assistant for the Florida Tech men's and women's teams from 2012-14.

"I'm very excited to have Andrew join our tennis program and the UCF family," Nickitas said. "Through the interview process it became very clear that Andrew and I see eye to eye in many areas of coaching and recruiting. He played at a high level and has already been coaching in Florida for the past couple of years. Andrew is a great fit for our program and I'm looking forward to working with him soon."

With Florida Tech, Veeder was named the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II South Region Women's Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year. Last year he helped Kristina Huba achieve a No. 9 national singles ranking and ITA All-America honors, while she partnered with Natasa Vukovic for a No. 25 doubles ranking. Huba went on to record 80 singles wins to set the school record.

In his first year with the Panthers, the women's squad posted a 16-9 record in 2012-13, facing 16 nationally-ranked opponents along the way.

Prior to his stint at FIT, Veeder was on the coaching staff at Georgetown Prep Tennis Club in Maryland, serving as a senior staff professional until June 2012 where he organized and managed clinics, developed lesson plans for classes and was a junior tennis trainer.

Veeder graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism news and editorial in May 2011 from Gardner-Webb. The native of Brevard, N.C., racked up 41 career doubles victories while playing at the No. 1 spot all four years. In singles, he amassed 35 career wins, including a 3-0 record at No. 1. Veeder received ITA Academic All-American and ITA Scholar-Athlete status, while also being named to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference Team as a freshman.



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