La Verne names new tennis coach

University of La Verne Athletic Director Julie Kline has announced the hiring of Yolanda Duron as Head Women’s Tennis Coach.

Duron brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Leopard program and has previously coached at the Division I, II and community college levels. 

“I’m extremely excited to be at La Verne,” said Duron.  “I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity.  I look forward to the challenge of building the tennis program and I’m also excited about bringing much more recognition to Leopard tennis in the near future.

She previously served as head coach at Mt. San Jacinto College during the 2008-09 academic year, leading the squad to a 11-4 overall record and 6-2 in conference play.  For her efforts she was named the 2009 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year.

Additionally she served as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at both Division II Cal Poly Pomona (2005-08) and Division I Temple (2004-05). She began her collegiate coaching career at alma mater Drexel University in 2002, serving as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach for two seasons.

“We are excited about Yolanda Duron being our next Head Women’s Tennis Coach,” said Kline.  Yolanda’s vision for our Women’s Tennis Program and her plans to achieve that vision is the right fit for this Athletics Department and the direction we are heading with each of our programs.”

Duron is a former Divison I player at Drexel where she was team captain as well as an America East All-Conference selection in 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Drexel in 2003 while earning her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 2008.

She is affiliated with both the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) while also serving as a board member for the California Community College Tennis Coaches Association.