Laura Gordon begins her first season as assistant coach of the Fresno State women's tennis team. Gordon will join head coach Simon Thibodeau to help the Bulldogs achieve their goals of winning the WAC and returning to the NCAA Tournament.
Gordon spent the 2006-07 season as an undergraduate assistant with UCLA under head coach Stella Sampras Webster. Gordon helped guide the Bruins to the NCAA Championship team finals, finishing the season with a record of 21-8 and a No. 3 ranking.
"Laura brings a great deal of energy and college experience to our team," said Thibodeau. "As a player she overcame many obstacles and reached the summit of NCAA tennis, she also has the character and work ethic to become a head coach in the future."
Gordon played for UCLA from 2002-06. The former walk-on, battled for a spot on the team, eventually playing in the No. 1 singles and doubles position and earning All-American honors in both as a senior. Gordon and her doubles partner reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 NCAA Tournament in her senior year. She earned All-Pac-10 and All-Academic Pac-10 following the 2006 season.
Rewarded for her inspiring dedication and commitment, which enhanced the team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis, Gordon was received the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship in 2006. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in history in 2006.