Jodi Valenti returns for her 10th season with the tennis program and fourth as the head coach in 2016.
Valenti was named the NAJC Coach of the Year in 2015. The Cougars won eight matches despite being picked to finish fifth in the league standings. Perhaps even more impressively, senior Shruti Nadkarni earned the distinction of being the Kean University Valedictorian at the school’s 2016 graduation, a feat that is unprecedented for a Kean student-athlete.
In her second season at the helm of the program, she led the Cougars to an 8-5 record.
Valenti was elevated to the head coaching position prior to the 2013 season. That year's team finished with six wins and boasted a First-Team All-NJAC selection.
A four year player for the Cougars, Valenti still holds the record for wins in a season with 20 (including tournament play) in singles competition.
Valenti received her Bachelor of Arts degree in health and physical education from Kean University in 2003 and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Adminstration from Kean in 2009. She is currently a physical education teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Bergen County, N.J. and a tennis specialist at Ramapo Country Day camp in Airmont N.Y. In the spring, Valenti is an assistant softball coach at Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi, N.J.
Brianna Martin will return to the Kean University tennis program in 2016 as a coach after competing for the Cougars from 2012-16. She earned her B.S. in accounting from Kean in 2016.
Martin was the co-captain of the Kean women’s tennis program in 2015-16 and her career was highlighted by winning her flight at the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Championships in 2013. She won over 25 matches in her Kean career.