Aug. 2, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's tennis head coach Patrick Sullivan announced the hiring of Stephanie Wooten as the program's assistant coach on Friday. Wooten comes to Houston after spending the last two seasons at Stephen F. Austin, helping the Lady Jacks reach new program heights.
Wooten reunites with Sullivan after serving as his assistant during SFA's record-breaking 2012 season, which saw the Lady Jacks post a 23-4 record, sweeping the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament titles en route to their first NCAA Appearance in program history. Sullivan and Wooten also elevated the Lady Jacks to a program-best No. 35 national ranking.
"This is the second time in three years that I have hired Stephanie one month after finishing a difficult transition year and signing a No. 1 recruiting class, so I like to joke that her m.o. is to wait until all of the hard work is done and then come in for the victory parade, but truthfully it's the opposite," said Sullivan. "She is an elite coach with a blue-collar attitude, and I am very grateful to her for the second time for stepping away from a head coaching job to be my assistant."
The Crandall, Texas, native spent the last two seasons at Stephen F. Austin, including the last year as head coach, where she helped a young Lady Jack squad to a combined 33-18 (.647) record and a 15-6 (.714) mark in Southland Conference play.
"The success that we had as a program at Stephen F. Austin would definitely not have been possible without her and I was just as excited to get her commitment to come to Houston as I was for any recruit this year," Sullivan said. "Her hire is a big move in the right direction for our program, and the level of trust I have in her is going to allow me the freedom to do my job better and puts her in a position to have a very positive impact on our team as a whole."
Prior to her stint in Nacogdoches, Wooten served as head coach at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, leading the Rebels to a runner-up finish at the 2011 NJCAA Championships, falling just four points shy of the national title. Wooten developed three NCJCAA Division I All-Americans in 2011, which led the nation.
Wooten was a four-year letterwinner at Purdue University where she played at the top singles and doubles positions and finished her career with a combined 116 victories. As a senior in 2009, Wooten racked up 41 wins while placing sixth on Purdue's all-time doubles victories list.
As a prep, Wooten was a four-time Texas Class 3A state champion and was tabbed the Dallas Morning News High School Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004.