After capturing her 100th career coaching victory in the fall of 2011, Michaela Gorman, enters her 10th season as head coach at Charlotte, bringing the highest winning percentage of any coach in program history. She also enjoyed the greatest first five seasons as a head coach in the program's history.
Posting 112 career victories, the second-most of any coach at Charlotte, Gorman, then Michaela Quinn, started her career with the 49ers with four-straight winning seasons, not previously accomplished since a stretch from the 1985-88 seasons. She also leads the team into a new era, moving the team into the new Halton-Wagner Complex this past season.
The 49ers posted 16 more victories in 2011-12, the third time in her tenure at Charlotte that a Gorman-led team won 16 matches. The 49ers have recorded more than 16 wins just three times in program history.
In 2012, Charlotte saw its first-ever doubles pair make the national rankings, with senior Andrea Rivera and junior Alexandra Zinn landing at No. 48 in the Campbell's/Intercollegiate Tennis Association on February 20.
The men's and women's programs combined to win 68.9 percent of their season matches, the third-best combined percentage in school history, while tallying 31 combined victories, fourth most for the two programs together in one season at Charlotte. The women were 3-1 in Atlantic 10 matches, earning the second seed and tying their highest seeding at a conference tournament.
In 2011-12, Gorman served on the Carolinas Regional Coaches Committee of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
In 2010, after sustaining injuries, the 49ers shocked the Atlantic 10 by upending the top seed in the tournament, defeating Xavier well into the night at the championship, which faced a wacky schedule due to rain pushing the matches inside and in a condensed area. The 49ers finished in the top three of the 14-team league for the fourth time in the first five seasons of league membership. Charlotte has not finished lower than sixth in the league since joining the conference in 2005-06.
The 49ers finished third at the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in consecutive seasons (2009 and 2010). The Niners saw individuals and pairs surge past the doubles records in 2009, as all three top duos netted 23 or more wins together. Two 49ers had 26 or more doubles, including Gabi Vergara's 27 doubles victories, setting the school record. Two other players, Yudeshnee Pillay (25) and Kimber Redfern (24), got into the top three in single-season singles victories in program history.
In 2009, Gorman matched her best winning percentage at the school (.762).
The 2007 season was another winning campaign, with Charlotte tallying a 12-10 overall mark and finishing third in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Freshman Ana Spivakovsky was named the league's Freshman of the Year and won 26 singles matches, breaking the school standard.
In 2006, Gorman guided the 49ers to 16 wins, which was the most by Charlotte since 1991. The 49ers also recorded their best conference finish by reaching the championship match of the A-10 Tournament. Ofria Friedman and Ashleigh Murray earned All-Atlantic 10 honors.
In 2005, Gorman again led the 49ers to a second consecutive 14-win season, including a six-match winning streak. The 49ers rewrote the record books with Laura Swain, Kathy Robey and Murray putting their names at the top of all the school single-season and career records.
In 2004, the 49ers won 14 matches, the most wins by the program since the 1998 season and the most by a first-year coach. They also finished sixth in Conference USA, the best league finish by the 49ers.
Gorman had ties to the Charlotte program long before she arrived here for the 2004 campaign. She is a graduate of Charlotte's South Mecklenburg High School. Her first tennis coach was long-time 49ers coach Penny Brawley.
The former Michaela Quinn came to Charlotte after spending two seasons as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at UNC Greensboro. With the Spartans, she assisted head coach Jeff Trivette with all aspects of the women's program.
Before beginning her coaching career, she enjoyed a stellar four-year playing career at UNC Greensboro. She served as a team captain and was a four-year All-Southern Conference doubles player. She earned a bachelor's degree in recreation, parks and tourism in 2000.
During the summer of 2002, she served as a USTA Southern Section Davis Cup team coach for the 12-and-under division. In that role, she conducted practices and set lineups for match play. While in college, she also served as the head tennis pro at the Cedarwood Pool in Jamestown, N.C., for two summers.
She married Jeromy Gorman on June 28, 2008, and the couple lives in Mint Hill, N.C., with their two dogs, Bella and Maddie, and son, Sawyer Douglas, who was born February 22, 2010.