Mark Denenfeld was one of two assistant coaches to join the women's tennis staff.
Feb. 13, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fighting Illini women's tennis head coach Michelle Dasso announced Wednesday the addition of two assistant coaches to her staff. Mark Denenfeld and Kelly Anderson will aid Illinois for the remainder of its 2013 campaign.
"I feel so fortunate to have found two outstanding coaches on such short notice who were ready and willing to come in mid-year," Dasso said. "Both Mark and Kelly bring a fresh and positive energy to our team and are a pleasure to work with on a daily basis."
Denenfeld played at Kalamazoo College from 2009-12 and earned all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors in three of his four years.
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity," Denenfeld said. "We have a great group of student-athletes, and Michelle is a proven leader who I am looking forward to learning from. I cannot think of a better way and place to start my coaching career than here at Illinois."
Anderson wrapped up a stellar four-year playing career at Georgia Tech in 2006. The South Africa native was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2003 and garnered all-ACC honors in 2004. She reached as high as No. 135 in the world doubles rankings in 2008. Anderson recently earned an MBA from Campbellsville University, where she served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis teams.
"I'm extremely excited to join the Illinois tennis program," Anderson said. "I would like to thank Michelle Dasso, (senior associate athletics director) Paul Kowalczyk and the athletic administration for this great opportunity. Michelle has built a team that has gained a reputation for being tenacious competitors, and I feel privileged to be able to work with her and Mark and be a part of it."