WACO, Texas – Assistant coach Shaimaa Elsisi (SHY-may El-SEE-SEE) will round out the Baylor women’s tennis staff, head coach Joey Scrivano announced Thursday.
“We are very fortunate to have Shaimaa join our staff,” Scrivano said. “She has extensive playing and coaching experience, and brings a wealth of knowledge to Baylor women’s tennis. I know she will help us continue the tradition of excellence we have established in our program.”
Elsisi joins the Bears after six seasons as the head women’s tennis coach at Hillsboro Community College in Tampa, Florida. In her tenure, she elevated the Ladyhawks to a No. 10 national ranking in the junior college ranks.
“I'm extremely excited to join the Baylor family,” Elsisi said. “I am humbled and honored to be part of a great tennis program with a rich history and tradition of success. Baylor has been consistently a strong program since Coach Scrivano took over, and I am very fortune to have the opportunity to work with and learn from one of the best coaches in the nation.
“I am grateful to Coach Scrivano and the administration for giving me this great opportunity, and I'm very excited for my new adventure. I look forward to helping maintain Baylor's Big 12 winning tradition, while pushing toward new heights.”
Elsisi also spent two years as a graduate assistant for the men’s and women’s tennis programs at her alma mater Troy University.
The Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, native guided the Trojans to a winning record in each of her collegiate seasons, following a successful junior international career. Elsisi was one of the top ranked junior players in Egypt and won several national tournaments before moving to the United States to play collegiate tennis.
Elsisi began her coaching career as a volunteer instructor at local tennis clubs coast-to-coast, including Malibu (Calif.) Summer Tennis Camp, ITA International Tennis Academy (Fla.), Elsawy Tennis Center (Fla.) and Advantage Tennis Academy (Calif.). She is also Professional Tennis Registry trained.
Elsisi earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports and Fitness Management with a minor in Recreation in 2008 and completed her master’s degree in Sports and Fitness Management with a concentration in Sports Administration in 2009. She earned both degrees at Troy University.
Elsisi’s sister, Rawia Elsisi, is the head women’s tennis coach at Troy University. Her late father and mentor, Seif Elsisi, coached women’s tennis professional Nadia Petrova.