Val Villucci
Val Villucci
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 20th season
Education: B.A., Rollins, 1981

Val Villucci enters her 20th season at the University of Rhode Island in 2013-14.

Having previously coached the Rhody women from 1993-2004, Villucci returned to the program in 2009 and has since guided the Rams to a 40-39 mark in dual matches.

Villucci also served as the head coach of the URI men's tennis team from 2004 unitl 2008, when the program was eliminated. In their final season, Villucci's Rams went 17-6 and broke into the April 22 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) weekly poll with a No. 102 ranking.

A 1981 graduate of Rollins College, Villucci was a member of the nationally-ranked Lady Tars' tennis team. She is a former Virginia Slims competitor and was the top-ranked women's singles player in Rhode Island in 1983, as well as being part of the top-ranked doubles team in 1990. In 1992, Villucci won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) 5.0 mixed doubles divisional championship.

From 1983-89, she served as head coach of the boys' tennis team at Smithfield High School, where she guided the squad to the league championship in 1984 and a second-place finish in 1985. In 1989, Villucci left Smithfield to become a tennis professional for four years at The Tennis Club in Cranston, R.I., including two as the club's head pro.

Villucci holds a membership in the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) at the Professional-1 level and was a USPTA Eastern Regional Seminar Contest winner for her presentation called "Success at the College Level." She currently runs USTA sanctioned tournaments and was inducted into the Sons of Italy Sports Hall of Fame in the spring of 2006.

Updated: 8/21/13