Aug. 4, 2016
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's Marcy Hora-Cava, head women's tennis coach has named, Caroline Wheelen, assistant coach.
"When looking for an assistant coach, I really wanted to hire someone that was knowledgeable, no nonsense and would be real with the players," said Hora-Cava. "Caroline brings all of that and more."
Wheelen brings nearly 20 years of professional tennis instruction to the Owls and was FAU's head women's coach when the Owls were still playing on campus. FAU moved to Patch Reef Park in 2005 and will return to on-campus play this fall when the new on-campus courts open this fall.
Wheelen's 12-year career in Arizona was preceded by a three-year position as Florida Atlantic's head women's tennis coach from 2000-03. At the helm of the Owls, the squad was ranked in the country's top-70 each season and she was named the 2003 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year. That same season Wheelen guided the program to its first NCAA post-season appearance after collecting the program's first conference title. FAU repeated in 2005 under a different coach. She concluded her three year career as a collegiate coach at FAU with a 46-24 record.
"Caroline not only brings a wealth of on court knowledge, but her history of being a successful head coach will be an easy transition for the team. She understands what it takes to be a competitive Division I tennis team, and has proven that herself as a player and a coach."
Prior to FAU, Wheelen, who is the sister of current FAU head coach Marcy Hora-Cava, worked one year at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, from October 1999-August 2000, as the assistant director & tennis professional. The previous summer she worked as the assistant director of tennis at the Meadow Club of Southampton, in Southampton, NY. She moved to New York leaving a tennis professional position at Broken Sound Tennis Club in Boca Raton, a position she held for one year (August 1998-May 1999). The previous summer, Wheelen was the tennis club manager and professional at the Tennis Club of Schwartzenburg in Vienna, Austria.
Prior to embarking on her professional coaching and instruction career, Wheelen played on the WTA Tour for a short time and climbed as high as 200, held a top-3 rank in Florida and a top-20 US rank.
Wheelen played her college career at the University of Miami from 1993-98 and earned a sports management and business administration degree with a minor in pre-med biology. While at UM, the south Florida native held the team's No. 1 position as a rookie and led the Canes to a top 30 ranking. She was the Big East Conference rookie of the Year as well as the Big East Player of the Year.
"Caroline will never ask or expect the players on our team to do anything that she hasn't done on court or would do on the court so that will bring a level of respect from day one."