BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern College Director of Athletics Kyndall Waters has named Carlee Petro the new women's tennis head coach. She will be the second coach in program history.
"Carlee is primed to take over our program," said Waters. "She has such respect among the coaches and players in our league, from her successes here at BSC, I'm confident she'll make a seamless transition."
Petro steps into the role after long-time head coach Ann Dielen recently moved to the Director of Tennis position. She is coming off a remarkable playing career as a Panther where she was ranked as high as No. 42 in the country. Petro played out of the No. 1 spot in singles and doubles her entire career. She has amassed over 50 singles wins during her time on the Hilltop and is one of the winningest players in BSC women's tennis history.
"I'd be remiss to mention any news regarding tennis moving forward without giving credit to Ann Dielen for her dedication and loyalty to our tennis programs," added Waters. "She has and will continue to be an inspiration to everyone on the Hilltop. It's only fitting that our new head women's tennis coach has also played an integral part in the success of our current women's program."
A Birmingham, Ala. Native, Petro was named Southern Athletic Association Newcomer of the Year after her first season. She has since earned a Player of the Year nod and three consecutive first-team all-conference selections. Petro has not lost a singles match in conference play since 2016, boasting a 24-2 career record at the No. 1 singles position in the SAA.
"Carlee will make an excellent women's tennis coach at BSC," said Dielen. "Her work ethic and dedication to the sport are phenomenal. She is the most decorated Division III athlete in women's tennis at BSC and she will bring enthusiasm and love of the sport to the team. We are so fortunate to find someone with Carlee's character and spirit to be the next BSC women's tennis coach."