WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (July 19, 2017)– Anik Cepeda who served as an assistant women's tennis coach under Alison Swain '01 and assistant men's tennis coach under Dan Greenberg '08 during the 2013-14 academic year is returning to Williams to succeed Swain as the head coach of the Ephs. Swain recently accepted the head coaching position at Division I University of Southern California.
"I am pleased to announce Anik Cepeda as women's tennis head coach at Williams," said Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy. "Anik brings with her a strong tennis playing background, good experience as an assistant coach, demonstrated problem solving, and team building skills. Her skill set matches well the culture of Williams athletics and women's tennis. These skills, along with her high energy and enthusiasm, prepare her well to lead the tennis team in the next phase of its history."
Cepeda comes to Williams from Division I Marshall University where she served as an assistant women's tennis coach the past year. The Thundering Herd posted a 14-11 mark last year, a three-win improvement over the previous year.
"I'm so grateful to Lisa Melendy and the rest of the search committee for this thrilling opportunity," stated Cepeda. "Williams College has one of the most vibrant athletic departments in the country and a spectacular tennis program. I'm excited to be back in this supportive community and to start engaging with all of the players! Go Cows Moo!"
After coaching at Williams, Cepeda became a Senior Field Instructor at Evoke Wilderness Therapy (Santa Clara Utah), where she led staff teams and guided clients in backcountry living experiences for two years before turning back to the world of collegiate tennis at Marshall.
Cepeda graduated from the College of William & Mary in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. She was an Academic Provost Award recipient three times (GPA of 3.5 or higher) and garnered three First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) doubles honors and was named First Team All-CAA in singles once.
Additionally, Cepeda received the President's Award (sportsmanship, citizenship, and leadership) in 2012 & 2013 as well as the Cecily B. Warrick Award (awarded to a player who embodies leadership, spirit, and good sportsmanship) in 2012.
Cepeda competed at the NCAA Division I level all four years, qualifying for the NCAA team tournament twice and earned one NCAA Doubles Tournament berth. She complied an 85-55 record in singles play and was 78-63 in doubles.