June 4, 2013
SEATTLE -- Washington women's tennis head coach Jill Hultquist announced the addition of Angelo Niculescu as the new assistant coach. Niculescu replaces Luke Shields who left UW to become the men's associate head coach at Boise State.
"We are excited to bring Angelo Niculescu to UW," said head coach Jill Hultquist. "He is known to be a really hard worker and brings a lot of good energy to the courts."
Nicilescu comes to Washington from Portland State where he had been the assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams the past two seasons. He was the first assistant in that program's history and helped the Vikings to unparalleled success.
"Angelo was also a very successful collegiate player at the University of South Carolina," said Hultquist. "He has also been doing well in the Open events that are played in the summer in the Pacific Northwest."
Last season, the Portland State women finished with a record of 12-12, while the men were 9-12. Nicilescu split time between the two programs, but at Washington will get to focus on just coaching the women.
Before his time at Portland State, Niclulescu spent four years as the head pro and tennis director at the Cascade Athletic Club in Portland, Ore. During that time, he also worked as a part-time assistant coach at George Fox University, and worked as a tennis professional at several prestigious tennis clubs around the country - all while playing on the ATP tour and competing in the Pacific Northwest Men's Open tour.
For the last four years, Nicolescu has been the top-ranked player in both the USTA Pacific Northwest Men's Open Singles and Doubles, and has received the USPTA Pacific Northwest Player of the Year award every year for the past 4 years. He also won the U.S. Open Regional Playoffs in 2010 and 2011, giving him the opportunity to compete for a wild-card into the U.S. Open.
A native of Targu-Jiu, Gorj, Romania, Niculescu started playing tennis at the age of four and played under the instruction of his father Constantin, who runs the Tennisnic Academy of Romania. It wasn't long before Angelo was the top-ranked player in Romania, and one of the top junior tennis players in the world, maintaining a top-50 ITF junior world ranking throughout his junior career.