Terrific Season in the Books
Awards Continue to Roll In
Most Wins Since 1989
First NCAA win since 2008.
First postseason appearance for Auburn since 2009.
Vanderbilt vs Auburn on Friday, March 29, 2013 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine
Women's Tennis vs Texas Tech on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine
4-14-12 Alabama vs Auburn Women's Tennis Anthony Hall
4-1-12 South Carolina vs Auburn Women's Tennis Anthony Hall
Southern Miss vs Auburn Tennis on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine
Lauren Longbotham Meisner begins her second season at the helm of the Auburn women's tennis program after being named head coach on October 6, 2011.
Despite not taking over the Auburn program until October, the Tigers showed marked improvement in year one under Meisner. Working in tandem with assistant coach Luc Godin, Meisner guided the Tigers to a 3-8 mark in SEC play. That record was a 300 percent improvement after winning just one conference match in 2010-11.
Auburn also also won back-to-back league matches in 2012 for the first time in nearly three years and reached three victories in the rigorous SEC for the first time since 2010.
Prior to her appointment at Auburn, Meisner spent the previous five seasons as head coach at Southern Methodist University where she led the program to a NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011 and the program's first-ever Conference USA Tournament championship in 2009.
SMU's career leader in wins by a coach (105) and winning percentage (.784), Meisner directed the Mustangs to a school record three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-11 and was named C-USA Coach of the Year in 2009.
Meisner was named the 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Texas Region Coach of the Year for her accomplishments. Besides leading the team to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1988 and No. 29 final ranking, she also coached Marta Lesniak, who became the program's first All-American in over 20 years.
In 2009, the Mustangs went 28-3 and won the Conference USA Championship, which was the first league tournament title in school history. The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship and finished with the No. 23 national ranking, the highest since 1989.
The 2010 Mustang team advanced to the NCAA second round and finished with a 24-5 record and No. 29 ranking.
In five years at SMU, Meisner coached 40 players to all-conference singles and doubles selections, including Lesniak, who was the C-USA Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Her student-athletes not only excelled athletically, but also academically as she had 35 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll members, one C-USA Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and five consecutive ITA All-Academic teams. Four of her five squads recorded the highest team GPA of all SMU sports.
Meisner also served as the C-USA Women's Tennis coaches' chairperson, a two-year position she was voted into by her fellow C-USA coaching peers. In 2008, she was selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) to serve a three-year term on the Southwest Regional Committee.
Prior to being named head coach at SMU in August 2006, Meisner served as an assistant for the Mustangs for three seasons (2003-06) where she helped guide the team to a 53-27 record and an NCAA second round appearance in 2004. During her three years as an assistant, SMU was conference runners-up all three seasons and had two ITA Top 50 team finishes.
Before arriving to SMU, Meisner spent a semester as a volunteer assistant coach for her alma mater, Louisiana Tech.
A four-year letterwinner at Louisiana Tech from 1999-2003, she was the team captain for two years. Meisner was a mainstay in the Louisiana Tech lineup both in singles and doubles play and was named the team's Singles Player of the Year in 2000.
A native of Groesbeck, Texas, Meisner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Louisiana Tech in 2003 after majoring in secondary education and minoring in history and fitness and wellness.
She and her husband, Tod, were married in 2007. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, Courtney James in May 2012.
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