Miha Lisac, a former player and men's assistant coach at Georgia State, begins his first season as head coach of the Panthers' women's tennis team at his alma mater.
Lisac moves to the head coaching spot after serving as the men's assistant coach during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. No stranger to the blue and white, Lisac sees the opportunity as “a chance to give back to the school and the community that helped to raise him.”
Lisac worked closely under Nick Brochu, former head coach for the men’s tennis squad, and learned a great deal under his guidance. He describes their coaching relationship as one where they often times complemented each other. Lisac was critical in guiding the men’s tennis team to winning its first league title as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association during the 2006-07 season. The squad also posted a Panthers’ best 19-5 dual match record and went 4-0 at home.
Lisac, who was born and raised in Slovenia in Europe, came to the United States for college when he was 20 years old. Before arriving in the U.S., Lisac was ranked in the top 10 among juniors in Slovenia and in high school in his hometown of Velenje.
In his junior year at State, Lisac started to excel in the tennis game. He went from playing at No. 5 his sophomore season to playing at the No. 2 spot with the best record on the team (15-7, 9-4 only on No. 2). Lisac collected wins against ranked opponents from Vanderbilt and South Florida and also ended the year undefeated in conference matches earning first team all-conference honors.
During Lisac’s senior season, he played doubles with Jaime Rodriguez and the duo became the first doubles team in Georgia State history to win a doubles tournament (the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational). They also qualified for ITA regionals and beat teams from Miami and Tennessee before falling to Alabama in the quarterfinals. Lisac finished the year earning second team all-conference honors. He played at the top of the lineup in doubles play and earned all-academic honors all four years, graduating with a 3.35 GPA.
Lisac is looking forward to his first head coaching position and has already set season goals for his squad, which include earning the Academic Award and moving up in the ITA rankings.
“I want our team to break into the top 50 and I know we are capable of doing so. I see a great deal of potential in this team,” stated coach Lisac. He also wants to see the team more involved in the community and giving back through several service endeavors, which he is still planning for the season.