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
Alex joined the Big Red coaching staff in 2018. Prior to Cornell he was Lead Coach of the Collegiate Team for USTA Player Development in Orlando, FL., and coached current ATP players Mackie McDonald, Chris Eubanks, and JC Aragone. He was also hitting partner for current WTA players Madison Keys and Cici Bellis.
Prior to USTA Player Development, he was High Performance Coach at Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, FL., where he coached top 100 ITF junior players, and was hitting partner for current ATP players Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios.
Alex played NCAA Division 1 tennis at Old Dominion University and Coastal Carolina University, and was nationally ranked in singles and doubles.
Assistant Coach, Women’s Tennis
Assistant Coach, Women’s Tennis
Armed with seven years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level, Burke joined the Big Red as an assistant coach in advance of the 2018-19 season.
Burke spent the last two seasons with Colorado as an assistant coach, helping the Buffaloes to a pair of nine-win campaigns. His tutelage helped Linda Huang reach the finals of the ITA Regionals in the fall and Nuria Omerno Ruiz win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Senior Player of the Year Award for the Mountain Region in 2017.
Before his tenure at Colorado, Burke spent the 2015-16 season as a volunteer assistant at Vanderbilt – a year that saw the Commodores advance to the national semifinals. He worked extensively with ITA All-Americans Francis Altick and Sydney Campbell, who were also all-SEC selections. Altick was also named ITA Most Improved Player during the season. His main responsibilities at Vanderbilt were coaching technique and improving specific areas of players’ games through individual workouts, while implementing video analysis and fitness bands to the program.
From 2011-15, Burke was an assistant coach and associate head coach at Boston College. He was responsible for all areas of recruiting and developed training and practice schedules, as well as providing skill instruction. The Eagles saw steady improvement throughout Burke’s tenure, winning one ACC match in the season prior to his arrival, to seven conference wins in his final year with the program—the best season in Boston College history. Also in his final season at BC, Jessica Wacnik became the first player in school history to win the Northeast ITA Region singles championship.
Burke also has several years of experience serving as a private coach in the Boston area. A native of Morristown, N.J., Burke earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard and majored in sociology.
Volunteer Assistant Coach, Men's Tennis
A former top junior in USTA Texas Super-champs, Rob was a two-time finalist in Texas’ UIL High School Doubles (2012-13).
At Baylor, Rob was part of both the Men’s and Women’s tennis programs — hitting partner, stringer and top counselor for summer camps — and a primary instructor for 254 Tennis, a first-ever after school program that included players from all over Central Texas.
While Pursuing his BA in Psychology at Baylor, Rob coached at one of the premier tennis clubs in Texas, developing many of the top juniors in the area.