Klimova Named Assistant Tennis Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State women’s tennis coach Steve Bietau announced former Wildcat Olga Klimova as the program’s assistant coach for the 2008-09 season on Wednesday. Klimova becomes the 13th assistant coach in the program’s 35 seasons of existence.

 

“Olga is going to make an outstanding coach,” stated Bietau about his former student-athlete. “She has a passion for the sport, she is organized, works hard and has a great feel for K-State. The transition from athlete to coach always has its challenges, but Olga is well qualified to handle whatever comes her way.”

 

Klimova, a product of Brno, Czech Republic, fought through knee injuries during her time at K-State to record a 31-48 career singles mark. Klimova was a solid doubles player during her career, as she tallied a 50-49 doubles record and a 20-12 record in Big 12 doubles play.

 

She was also a standout in the classroom during her time as a Wildcat, earning an Academic All-Big 12 second team citation in 2007 while majoring in psychology.

 

“She had a very positive influence on our young team members this season and I expect that effect to continue as her responsibilities grow,” said Bietau. “One of the things that set Olga apart is the way she interacts with those around her. Her enthusiasm is genuine and will be a very valuable part of the championship-type culture we strive to develop within our team.”

 

Kansas State concluded the 2008 season by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships for the third time in the last four seasons.