Staff
Head Women's Tennis Coach
Elizabeth Anderson

Coach Anderson is in her 16th year as the Elon University women’s tennis head coach and has led the Phoenix to 212 career team victories. She was the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year, a recognition bestowed upon her by her fellow league coaches. In 2014, Anderson led the Phoenix to their first NCAA Tournament appearance along with a Southern Conference Tournament title.

A career by the numbers:
• 13 consecutive years with winning records, with 7 seasons posting strong 15+ wins each
• 1 league player of the year award winner
• 3 conference freshmen of the year awards
• 30 conference tournament MVP, league player of the week and league player of the month award winners
• 53 all-conference player awards
• 35 student-athletes have earned academic all-league honors and every team has won the ITA Team Academic Award since 2006
• 1 ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award, 4 ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Awards and 3 Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship

Anderson’s success can be attributed to her ability to develop players – athletically, academically and personally – and encourage them to believe in their ability to achieve more than they thought possible.

Prior to coming to Elon, Anderson was an Assistant Coach at Auburn, UNC Chapel Hill, and the University of Idaho and taught tennis at several clubs throughout the Carolinas.

She earned a Master’s in physical education with an emphasis in sports psychology at the University of Idaho. She graduated from UNCW and played primarily #1 singles for the team. Anderson is also a member of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Bob Owens

Bob Owens 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.