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.