Anda Perianu is the director of tennis and facility manager at Reis Tennis Center. A superb tennis player who counts Martina Navratilova as one of her coaches, Anda held the NCAA number-three U.S. women’s singles ranking in college and was two-time Big Twelve Player of the Year.
As assistant women’s tennis director at Baylor University, Anda helped the team achieve its first national number-one ranking in the program’s history and coached three members of the team to All-American status.
Head Coach, Men's Tennis
Silviu Tanasoiu comes to the Big Red via the University of Oklahoma, where he has served as an assistant coach with the Sooners’ men’s tennis team for five years and was named the ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
“We feel very fortunate to have attracted such a terrific young coach to lead our intercollegiate tennis program and our men’s team,” said Andy Noel, the Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education. “I believe Silviu possesses the skills, work ethic and intangibles to maintain and ultimately grow our program to new heights.”
Tanasoiu, a native of Romania, was part of a wide variety of day-to-day operations, including coaching, facilitating practices, planning, conditioning, promoting, scheduling, marketing, making travel arrangements, ordering equipment and managing the team’s budget.
But his recruiting ability was paramount. Among the players he lured to Oklahoma were Andrei Daescu (ranked No. 10 in NCAA singles and a 2010 All-American), Ionut Beleleu (No. 50 in NCAA singles) and Costin Paval (No. 62 in NCAA singles and a 2010 All-American). The Sooners reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history in 2010.
With the Sooners, Tanasoiu implemented video analysis, sports psychology, nutrition education and conditioning specific to the sport. He also served as co-director of the OU/Nike summer tennis camps and was the director of the 2011 OU High Performance Camp.
He also has experience as a personal coach for professional Anda Perianu from 2004-2006, helping Perianu compete in 11 Grand Slam events and reach No. 120 in the WTA rankings. Prior to that, Tanasoiu worked for a year and a half as the assistant tennis professional at Cherry Valley Country Club on Long Island.
Tanasoiu earned his bachelor’s degree in pyschology from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. He competed with the Sooners for three seasons, earning first-team All-Big 12 recognition in 2003 and 2004. For those two seasons, he was also an ITA Academic All-American, and a member of Leadership Scholars, Dean’s Honor Roll and President’s Honor Roll.
He started his collegiate career at Louisiana-Monroe. Back in his native Romania, Tanasoiu was the national junior champion in 1998 and 1999, also cracking the top 50 in the European junior rankings in the latter year.
Head Coach, Women’s Tennis
Mike Stevens is the Carl H. Meinig ’31 Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at Cornell University. Stevens comes to East Hill after an exceptional run at Binghamton University. Over his seven years at the helm, he led the Bearcats to a 91-39 dual match record, was named the America East Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) and finished the season as the conference tournament runner-up five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010). He coached the 2005 and 2007 America East Player of the Year (Zeynep Altinay) and the 2006 and 2008 conference Rookies of the Year (Juliana Umeki and Anna Edelman, respectively), as well as the Bearcats’ first-ever Division I nationally-ranked singles player and doubles team. Last season, Binghamton was ranked as high as No. 68 in the ITA National Poll and finished the year ranked ninth in the ITA Northeast Region.
A talented recruiter, his 2007 and 2009 recruiting classes were nationally-ranked among the top mid-major programs in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net, including a No. 4 ranking for the 2007 class.
Stevens also stresses success in the classroom, as his teams have attained at least a 3.0 grade-point average in nine of the last 10 semesters. He also coached the 2006 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Stevens arrived at Binghamton from Southeast Missouri State, where he was the head coach during the 2002–03 season. During that year, the Redhawks went 8–11, quadrupling its win total in dual matches from the previous season and turning in the best campaign the program had in five years.
Prior to his arrival at Southeast Missouri State, Stevens was the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at N.C. State for one season (2001-2002) and was the women’s assistant coach at Yale for two seasons (1999–2001). While at Yale, he was the acting head coach during the 2000 spring semester while the head coach was away on maternity leave. With the Bulldogs, Stevens led that team to a 15–6 record and a No. 61 ranking in the nation.
From 1990-94, Stevens was the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Rider University. During his time there, he led his Bronc’s men’s teams to an overall record of 24–27, while his women’s teams combined for a record of 17-32. In 1991, Stevensled the men to a third place finish in the NEC, and the following year, the women took second place in the conference.
After his time at Rider, Stevens was a Product Development Specialist for the Prince Sports Group in Bordentown, N.J. He then moved on to become the Director of Tennis Operations for the Currituck Club from 1994–96.
Stevens earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Richmond in 1987.
He and his wife Trudy have a ten-year old son, David Michael.
Assistant Coach, Men's Tennis
Santarelli joined the Big Red before the start of the 2015-16 season after a very successful two-year stint as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Concordia. In his first season in the coaching ranks at his alma mater, he was named the Men’s 2014 ITA National NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year. He followed that up by being named the Women’s 2015 ITA NAIA West Assistant Coach of the Year. He also worked at the Southern California Tennis Academy.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in 2012, Santarelli finished his Master’s of Business Administration at Concordia in 2015.
Assistant Coach, Men's Tennis
Milo Johnson joined the Big Red coaching staff this spring after spending last year coaching Treat Huey on the ATP World Tour.
Johnson was a three-year player at Virginia, where the Cavaliers were ACC Champs and ranked as high as #1 in the country during his tenure. As a freshman in 2006, he won the UVa Fall Invitational Doubles title alongside Leif Sunderland.
In high school, Johnson was ranked No. 1 in the Missouri Valley region in boys’ 16s and 18s and was ranked in the top 20 nationally for 16s. He also was the Oklahoma Class 4A State Singles Champion as a junior for Booker T. Washington H.S., the first champion in school history.
Johnson went on to rank as high as 1,320th in the world in doubles after he earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia in 2012.
Ulises Hernandez is the Volunteer Assistant Tennis Coach for the Cornell Men’s Tennis Team since August 16th, 2016.
Hernandez, a native of Elgin, IL, was a four-year tennis player at Loras College from 2012-2016, where he led the team to the Iowa Conference Tournament for the first time since 2007 and was the team captain his junior and senior year.
While in college, he also coached Dubuque Senior High School as an Assistant Varsity Tennis Coach from 2015 – 2016. During his time there he was able to return the team to the state competition in both the seasons and had them finish in the top 16 in the 2A Class. He was able to qualify a doubles team to the state competition in 2015 and 2016, and had them place 3rd within the 2A Class in 2015 and 2016.
In the summer leading to his senior year he began working at Camp Skylemar in Naples, ME and continues to work with them each summer. He has been able to assist in increasing camp participation within the tennis program and has helped develop campers into better players since he arrived at Camp Skylemar. He received a bachelor’s degree in sport management and business marketing in May 2016.