CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Case Western Reserve University Men's and Women's Tennis Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski has announced the hiring of Mariana Cobra as the program's first full-time assistant coach.
Cobra, a native of Brazil, was a standout Division I player at Northern Iowa University from 2003-07 and has DI coaching stints at Middle Tennessee State University and Iowa State University.
"Mariana is going to bring a ton of value to this program," said Wojtkowski. "She has several years of coaching experience in which she has made her teams better as a result of her unique skills. Mariana has done a lot of work with sports psychology, and she will be utilizing those skills to make our players better – both physically and mentally."
As a player at NIU, Cobra was a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete. She ranked third in school history with a .698 career singles winning percentage with an overall record of 65-28. As a sophomore in 2004-05, she posted a mark of 26-7 – giving her the sixth-best single-season winning percentage (.788) in NIU history.
Following her playing career at UNI, Cobra worked as a student coach while finishing her bachelor's degrees in exercise science and sport psychology with a minor in coaching. She then completed her master's degree in sport psychology in 2010.
Upon finishing her graduate course work, she took a position as the tennis pro at the Ames Racquet Club and was a volunteer coach with the Iowa State Cyclones' women's team before joining the staff at MTSU.