Sept. 25, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's tennis team recently hired Dianne Matias as its new assistant coach.
Matias is entering her second year in coaching after spending last year as an assistant at the University of California-Irvine. She will assist new Terp head coach Howard Joffe.
"In Dianne Matias our students have been fortunate enough to get a true gem," said Joffe. "Dianne has been a top national junior player, then a standout collegiate player for USC, a ranked WTA player as well as a gifted assistant coach. Her gentle temperament and kindness belie her tenacity and ferocious competitive spirit. There is no question that Dianne's skill set and talents will help guide the resurgence of the Terp tennis team!"
A 2007 graduate of the University of Southern California, Matias ranked as high as a No. 32 nationally in singles and No. 28 in doubles at the collegiate level. She also led the Trojans to a No. 3 ranking nationally at the end of the 2005-2006 season. During her senior year she served as one of the Trojans co-captains.
Before competing at USC, Matias played one season of high school tennis at Carson High School in California after being homeschooled for the three-years prior at Futures High in Mission Viejo. Matias played No. 1 singles and doubles in her senior year and was named to the 2002 Los Angeles Times all-area first team.
At the junior level, Matias enjoyed a prolific career as one of the best players in California and in the nation. Matias was ranked as the No. 1 player nationally in singles at the U16 level in 2000 and 2001. Also in 2000, Matias earned the distinction of the USTA's Southern California Player of the Year.
Born in Balagtas, Bulucan, Philippines, Matias competed as a member of the 2007 Philippine team at the South East Asian Games and the 2008 Philippine FED CUP team. As a first-year assistant at UC-Irvine Matias helped head coach Mike Edles and the Anteaters to a top 30 ranking nationally. She assisted Edles mainly in day-to-day operations and in helping conduct practices.
In addition to her stint at UC-Irvine last season, Matias previously worked as a private tennis instructor and hitting coach from 2003-2007 and as a tennis instructor with the City of Irvine from 2008-2009.