CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
Charlotte head women’s tennis coach Michaela Gorman
has announced the promotion of Caroline Price
, a former two-time All-America during her collegiate playing days. Price, who served last year as the 49ers’ volunteer assistant coach will enter 2016-17 as the Niners’ full-time assistant coach.
“Caroline was an amazing addition to our team as a volunteer coach last spring and I am extremely excited to have her on board with us full-time now,” Gorman said. “She had a tremendous playing career and has a great mind for the game. She will be a great addition for the program.”
Price, the daughter of 49ers’ head men’s basketball coach Mark Price
, originally joined the Charlotte coaching staff in Spring 2016 as the program’s volunteer assistant coach. A former two-time All-America at North Carolina, she brings an impeccable resume to the post.
This past season with Charlotte, Price helped land Tai Martin
and Macy Vonderschmidt
on the postseason All-Conference USA squads, while the Niners garnered a 6-2 record at their home facility, the on-campus Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and I’m really excited to be back working with Michaela and the girls,” Price said. “I can’t wait to start in the fall.”
Price capped her Tar Heels career by winning the 2014-15 Patterson Medal, the most prestigious athletic honor award at the university. She became the first women’s tennis player to ever receive the Patterson Medal.
She tallied a 128-37 singles record, the second-most victories in program history. Her 27 dual match wins in 2015 were the most across the country as she finished 39-8 overall in singles action, including 12-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. She reached as high as No. 14 in the national rankings before ending the year at No. 26 on her way to collecting All-ACC First Team plaudits. She was tabbed the Most Outstanding Player at the 2014 ITA National Indoor Team Championship, leading UNC to its second national indoor title in three years. In doubles play, she teamed with Jamie Loeb to attain as high of a No. 6 ranking before the pair finished at No. 16.
As a junior in 2013-14, she garnered All-America honors in doubles playing with Whitney Kay. The tandem earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals, helping achieve a final national ranking of No. 9. The duo finished 25-8 overall, including 18-5 in dual matches and 8-2 in league action. In singles, Price recorded an identical 25-8 ledger, featuring 22 triumphs during dual matches including nine straight in the spring. She was ranked as high as No. 31 nationally before ending the campaign at the No. 49 position.
Her first All-America and All-ACC accolades came as a sophomore in 2012-13 when she boasted a 34-8 singles mark, including a 22-2 record in dual matches and 6-1 against conference opponents. Her national ranking reached as high as No. 25 in singles before finishing at No. 41. She won 19-consecutive matches to help push the Tar Heels into the No. 1 slot nationally, which included a UNC title at the ITA National Indoor Team Championship. She also held a No. 37 ranking in doubles action with Kay, as the pair defeated Northwestern’s No. 8-ranked tandem.
“I’m really excited for Caroline to be our assistant,” rising senior Macy Vonderschmidt
said. “I was very successful with her coaching on the court last spring and I look forward to having her back for my senior season. I know my teammates are, as well.”
She was a fixture in the North Carolina lineup from the beginning, leading the Heels with 30 singles wins during her inaugural collegiate campaign. She went 21-8 in dual matches to climb to as high as No. 55 in the national rankings and all eight of her regular-season ACC victories came in straight sets. She knocked off a pair of nationally-ranked opponents in straight sets during her first career event. She added 15 combined doubles triumphs.
A native of Duluth, Georgia, she was considered a blue-chip recruit by TennisRecruiting.net coming out of high school, where she won the girls’ 18s singles title at the 2012 National Clay Court Championship which qualified her for the U.S. Open junior event and led to a match against the top-ranked junior player in the world. Her USTA 18-and-under junior ranking was in the national Top 10 consistently.
Price graduated from North Carolina in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.