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Emery Named Head Women's Tennis Coach at Miami (OH) University
Illini Assistant helped lead team to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances

Courtesy: Illinois Athletics

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois assistant women's tennis coach David Emery has resigned to take the head coach position at Miami (OH) University, it was announced today. The RedHawks made the official hiring announcement this afternoon.

"I am really going to miss Illinois, Michelle, and especially the girls on the team," Emery said. "I care very deeply about the well-being of the program. I owe a lot of my success to this team's record over the past three seasons, and know that Coach Dasso and the women on the team will continue to propel the program to new heights."

Emery spent three seasons working with head coach Michelle Dasso and helped lead the Fighting Illini to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009, including a victory over No. 19 Vanderbilt in the first round this past season. It was the program's first win against a top-20 team in five years. Emery also helped guide the Orange and Blue to its most wins since 1991 last season, posting an overall mark of 19-8, including 8-2 in the Big Ten and No. 33 in the final ITA team rankings.

"Dave has been a tremendous asset to the Illinois program these past three years," Dasso said.  "His passion, enthusiasm, and love of the game has been a positive influence on our players and I'm sure these same qualities will be the cornerstone of his tenure as head coach.  He will be dearly missed by the Illini family, but we look forward to following all his successes at Miami."