GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former UNCG women's tennis student-athlete Alejandra Guerra was recently named a graduate assistant coach for the Spartans and answered some questions for UNCGSpartans.com.
What did you do during the time between graduating and getting the G.A. position at UNCG? After I graduated from UNCG, I got a job as a tennis pro at a tennis academy down in Florida.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? Five years from now? That's a long ways away, I don't even know what I am going to do tomorrow haha, but I guess hopefully a head coach at a University and starting a family.
What made you decide to get into coaching? Tennis has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Tennis has given me so much, from personal experiences to personal growth. Once I started college tennis I knew I wouldn't be able to leave college sports behind. I have always been the person who enjoys being part of something big, or just the feeling of helping a young group of people to become the best they can be.
How has the dynamic changed from playing as a Spartan to coaching at your Alma Mater? The dynamic is completely different because now I get to give the orders haha. The transition has been great so far, coach Trivette has been a great example through the years. I couldn't be more proud of having the opportunity to give back to the program that has given me so much.
You contributed to the team exceptionally as a player. How do you hope to contribute to the Women's tennis team as a coach? I feel like I can relate to the student-athletes since I have been through all the things they are going through daily. Try to help them go through their college career as smooth as possible and being there for them as a mentor. Tennis wise I believe my experience throughout the years as a player and coach would help them improve on and off the court.
What did you love most about playing? What do you love most about coaching? What I loved most about playing was the feeling of having a group of people behind you supporting you and cheering for you along the way. Looking up to a teammate while I was having a hard time on the tennis court, or just hearing them say Let's Go G, would make me get through the tough times. I love coaching because I can teach them through skills and personal experience hoping at least a little part of it will stay with them during their college career.