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5/3/10 - Tran Named Director of Tennis

By Tim Gooszen

Fullerton, CA- Hope International University is pleased to announce the hiring of Mai-Ly Tran as the new Director of Tennis.  Tran joins the Royals family after coaching two years at Orange Lutheran High School and playing collegiately for four years at California State University Fullerton.

Athletic Director Aaron Siefker stated, “Adding a Director of Tennis position will help to improve our programs.”

Tran took over the coaching reigns for the boys and girls programs at Orange Lutheran in the Fall of 2008. After taking fourth place in the Trinity League the year before Tran, the girls improved to second place in league in 2008.  This past Fall, the Lancers went one step further and became co-league champions.   Tran’s greatest achievement as a coach comes in the form of Kaitlyn Christian- the nation’s number one ranked high school girl’s tennis player.

As a player herself, Tran played across the street from Hope International at Cal State Fullerton.  As a Senior, she played number two singles along with being voted the team captain.  In doubles play, she earned All-Big West Second Team honors with her playing partner Gina Le.

Siefker added, “She is a young and enthusiastic coach that played at a high level and we are very excited to add her to the department.”

Coach Tran commented, “I am excited to improve the program and begin at the university level.  I am excited to work with the men’s and women’s programs at Hope International.”

The biggest difference between high school and college according to Coach Tran is “the competitiveness level which I look forward to being part of again.”

As for recruiting, her knowledge of the local talent based on her experiences at Orange Lutheran HS, Cal State Fullerton, and hanging around at the Anaheim Tennis Center should be a huge plus.

With the girl’s tennis season in high school happening in the Fall, Coach Tran will continue to coach the girls at OLHS.  With split duties for Tran, 2010 Head Coach Rajko Mladenovic will stay on as the Associate Head Coach.

Coach Tran currently resides in Fullerton, CA.

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