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Hempstead, NY - -- Hofstra University Head Tennis Coach Amanda Foukas (pronounced Foo-kAHs) today announced the hiring of Robert Janecek to the position of assistant coach.

"We are excited that Robert will be joining the Hofstra Tennis staff," commented Foukas.  "His experience coaching and playing at a very high level will be an asset to our student-athletes."

Janecek is a former professional tennis player who played on the ATP Tour from 1987-92 and again from 1995-98, holding a top-500 worldwide ranking in both singles and doubles play. He last served as an assistant coach for Vanderbilt University, where he served under Head Coach Ken Flach in Nashville from 1997-99.

A former world junior champion, Janecek won seven Canadian National Champions. He also served on Canada's Davis Cup team from 1988-93. Janecek also was a prolific collegiate player, earning three All-American selections in singles play while leading UCLA to a team indoor national championship in 1992. Two years later, he was ranked second nationally in singles play.  He graduated from UCLA in 1995 with a degree in economics.

As a Bruin, Janecek also captured the 1993 doubles championship and earned the Pacific Coast Conference's freshman of the year award while serving as captain in his junior and senior seasons. The six-year ATP veteran climbed as high as 453rd in the world in singles play.

Janecek graduated with a MBA from Vanderbilt in 2000 and has spent the last nine years as a portfolio manager and economic analyst.