Pervez Selected As New Drake Head Women's Tennis Coach
DES MOINES, Iowa – Sadhaf Pervez, an assistant coach with eight years collegiate coaching experience, including the 2012-13 campaign at Princeton, has been named head women's tennis coach at Drake University. She will begin her duties on July 15.
"I am excited about the future of Drake women's tennis under the direction of Sadhaf Pervez,” Drake associate athletic director Brian Brown commented. “She is a proven winner as a student-athlete and coach. Her energy and passion for the sport and commitment to player development will provide excellent leadership for our team. We are extremely fortunate to have Sadhaf join the Drake family."
“First of all, I would like to thank Brian Brown and Sandy Hatfield Clubb for giving me this tremendous opportunity as head women's tennis coach at Drake University,” said Pervez. “I am extremely honored in being a part of the Bulldog Way. I will focus my efforts on the development of our student-athletes not just on the court, but also in the classroom and all aspects of their lives. The combination of academics, athletics and the community at Drake is what really appealed to me when this opportunity arose. I believe that the Roger Knapp Tennis Center is a great support structure for Drake women's and men's tennis to achieve success. I look forward in bringing my vision to the Bulldog program, so that we can continue to rise to new heights.”
Pervez comes to Drake after spending the past season as an assistant coach at Princeton. She helped mentor three Tigers to All-Ivy League accolades this spring, including Lindsay Graff, who was tabbed a first-team All-Ivy selection in singles.
Freshman Amanda Muliawan captured the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional singles crown last fall under Pervez’s tutelage, becoming the first-ever Princeton women’s tennis player to do so and by virtue of the triumph earn a berth in the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Pervez also contributed to the signing of the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class as chosen by TennisRecruiting.net.
She previously served from 2005-11 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Ohio State, as well as a one-year stint at Nebraska.
During her tenure at Ohio State, she helped the Buckeyes reach the NCAA Tournament three times (2008, 2009 and 2010), including earning a 4-1 victory over DePaul in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes established a school record for victories as well as achieving a school-record No. 17 ITA ranking during the 2010 campaign.
During her playing career at Ohio State from 1999-2003, she accumulated 190 combined singles/double victories en route to earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades as a senior in 2003.
The Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Tournament during each of her four seasons in Columbus and posted the school’s first-ever tournament victory, 5-3, over the University of Miami in 2000.
She is third and fifth, respectively, in Buckeye’ women’s tennis history in singles (99) and doubles (91) wins.
A native of Warren, New Jersey, Pervez graduated from The Ohio State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing.