HEMPSTEAD, New York -- Hofstra University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes today announced the appointment of Amanda Foukas (pronounced
Foo-kAHs) to the position of head men’s and women’s tennis coach.

Foukas replaces Mike Sowter, who departed to take the head coaching position at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to continue my coaching career at Hofstra,” commented Foukas.  “I know the strides both teams have made in recent years and I am confident that Pride Tennis will continue to improve and be a force in the region."   

Foukas joins the Pride staff after serving as a tennis professional at Little Silver Tennis Club in Little Silver, New Jersey, since September of 2007.

"With Amanda's experience in the New York area and at the NCAA Division I level, I am confident that the success both programs have achieved recently will continue under her leadership," stated Hayes.

Prior to her position at Little Silver, Foukas served as the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, from August 2005 until August 2007.  While serving as an assistant coach, both programs had unprecedented success as the men won the America East title and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history in 2006.  The women, meanwhile, advanced to the conference semifinals twice and both programs were honored with Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic accolades.

While a member of the Seawolves staff, Foukas assisted in all aspects of the program including the recruitment of domestic and international student-athletes, scheduling and NCAA compliance issues.  Foukas also took part in all practice and match preparations and was responsible for the coordination and execution of fundraising programs, alumni activities and community outreach initiatives.

Foukas’ extensive tennis experience in the New York metropolitan area began when she served as an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York from August 2003 until June of 2005.

A 2002 graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Foukas graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communications, mass media and library studies and a minor in English.  Foukas was a four-year member of the women’s tennis team at Rutgers and earned team Most Valuable Player honors in 2002 and was the program’s Rookie of the Year in 1999.  During her career she accumulated over 100 singles and doubles victories.

Foukas, who also has a master’s degree in education from Wagner (2005), resides in Highlands, New Jersey, with her husband, Savvas, an attorney.