Staff
Head Women's Tennis Coach
Elizabeth Anderson

The 2018-19 season is Elizabeth Anderson’s 15th at Elon, as the Phoenix enter its fifth season in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Anderson’s teams have seen a steady and exciting rise in the conference standings during her tenure, which included the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. The Phoenix has won 14 or more dual matches in six straight seasons. Anderson also was named the CAA Women's Tennis Coach of the Year during the 2016 campaign.

Just as impressive has been Elon’s accomplishments in the classroom. A total of 48 student-athletes have earned academic all-league honors under Anderson, while her teams have won the ITA Team Academic Award every year since 2006.

Elon finished the 2017-18 season with a 14-13 mark, which included an 8-4 record at home. The Phoenix earned the No. 4 seed in the 2018 CAA Championships after finishing 2-1 overall against CAA teams during the regular season.

The Phoenix posted one of its best seasons under Anderson in 2016-17 as Elon posted an 18-8 record overall, claimed the No. 2 seed in the 2017 CAA Championships, and had an impressive 14-2 record at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center. The 18 victories were the second most by an Elon team since Anderson was hired in 2005 and the 14 home victories is the most in a single season for a Phoenix squad during the program's Division I era.

In Elon’s second season in the CAA, the Phoenix finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 14-10 mark and the No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament after going 5-1 against members of the conference.

The maroon and gold experienced a 15-8 record and 2-1 regular season mark in 2014-15 against league foes in Elon’s inaugural season in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Anderson finished off the 2013-14 with a trip to the NCAA Tournament – a program first for the Phoenix. Elon won the Southern Conference Tournament title, finishing with a 15-9 overall record, including an impressive 9-1 home record.

Anderson led the Phoenix to new heights in 2013, helping the team to a program-best 21 victories and the No. 2 seed in the SoCon Women’s Tennis Championship. Elon earned its first ever victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team in 2013, topping Wake Forest, 4-3, on Jan. 26.

Elon had an outstanding 2012 season under Anderson, finishing the year with a 16-9 mark in dual matches, including 10 wins at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

In 2011, Anderson led the Phoenix to 12 victories, including six wins at home on the courts at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center. For the third time in her career, Anderson helped one of her athletes to Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors.

In 2010, the Elon women’s tennis program saw one of its most successful seasons in program history. The team compiled a total of 16 wins, breaking the school record for victories during the Division I era.

Anderson has coached three Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, including Elisa Simonetti who earned the honor in 2009. Under Anderson’s tutelage, Simonetti posted an impressive 8-2 league record at the number three position in her rookie season.

The 2008 season was one of the best under Anderson as the Phoenix posted a 15-10 overall mark. Kensrue was named a Southern Conference Player of the Week and Milian was tabbed a Southern Conference Player of the Month.

Anderson coached her first, and Elon’s first, conference freshman of the year in 2007. In addition to earning league rookie of the year honors, Deanna Bailey also became the first Elon women’s tennis player to ever earn first-team All-Southern Conference accolades.

Before coming to Elon, Anderson spent one season (2003-04) as the assistant coach at Auburn University. In 2002-03, she volunteered as an assistant women’s tennis coach for the top-10 program at the University of North Carolina.

Anderson served as a tennis pro at the Duke Faculty Club, Hollow Rock Racquet Club and Chapel Hill Tennis Club in 2002-03. She coached Tennis Europe’s National 1 team in the summer of 2002, traveling to tournaments in Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands and France. She also worked with the Van der Meer World Class tennis program in Hilton Head, S.C. where she received her PTR professional certification.

A 2001 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Anderson played on the Seahawk tennis team for four years (1997-2001). She was named to the Colonial Athletic Association Honor Roll each year and received the Most Improved Player award in 1998 and 2001 as well as the Coach’s Award in 2001.

In addition to her coaching duties, Anderson has been an NCAA Regional Tournament Site Representative (2007, 2009, 2010). She has served on the ITA Carolina Region Committee (2005-08; 2009-12; 2015-present) and was the Tennis: Europe National Team 1 Coach in 2002. Since 2004, Anderson serves on the Alamance Junior Tennis Foundation Executive Committee (2004-present).

Anderson and her husband, Nathan, have two daughters, Caitlin and Caroline.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Bob Owens

Bob Owens is in his 15th season as an assistant coach for the Phoenix women's tennis program and has been working with Elon's tennis programs since 1983. His infinite positive energy and passion are always felt and used by each team member.

A long-time tennis coach at nearby Northeast Guilford High School, Owens worked closely with former Phoenix head coach Tom Parham for more than 20 years and now serves as an assistant to head coaches Leonard and Elizabeth Anderson.

A six-time Triad 3A Conference Coach of the Year, Owens had been both a tennis and football coach for more than 25 years. Owens has coached two 3A state champion doubles teams, as well as his son, who was a state runner-up in singles. He was once one of the 12 finalists for the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Award.

Owens is currently a member of the United States Tennis Association. He graduated from Guilford College and was a two-time All-American in football. He then began a professional career with the Philadelphia Bell of the Old World Football League before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles and playing two seasons.

He and his wife, Wanda, have three adult children - twin sons, Todd and Jay, and a daughter, Amber - and grandchildren Brody, Owen and Sophie.

Assistant Coach
Christian Harris

Christian Harris begins his first season as the assistant coach with the Elon Phoenix women's tennis coaching staff in 2018-19.

Harris joins the coaching staff after spending the past year as an Academy Coach at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Harris played tennis collegiately for Clemson University, where he was a four-year letterwinner, a team captain, and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

While playing for the Clemson Tigers, Harris played primarily at the four, five and six singles positions while also playing at all three doubles spots during his four-year career. He also won the Division III Singles title at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships during his sophomore season. Harris was a top-50 recruit coming out of the junior level as he was ranked No. 50 by TennisRecruiting.net for the 2013 class.

Harris graduated from Clemson in 2017 with a bachelors degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Burlington, N.C.