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Appalachian State Women’s Tennis Hires Rupa as Assistant Coach

App State has hired Cedric Rupa as assistant tennis coach, head coach Ashleigh Antal announced Thursday.

Rupa arrives in Boone after serving as a graduate assistant coach for the Cameron University women’s tennis program in Lawton, Okla., helping the team to an NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearance, conference championship and region championship.

“We’re very excited to welcome Cedric to our App tennis family,” Antal said. “He brings with him a proven recruiting track record and an already impressive resumé. His energy and work ethic will make an immediate impact on our program as we prepare to kick off our season Jan. 14.”

During his time with the Cameron University program, Rupa helped develop four nationally ranked Division II players and coached the No. 5 doubles team in the ITA Division II rankings. Anastasia Uspenskaia earned Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year and ITA South Central Region Rookie of the Year accolades.

Rupa, who grew up in Fredericton, NB, Canada and attended high school in Australia, played collegiate tennis at Southern Utah and Ferris State. After his playing days, he served as a volunteer assistant for the Ferris State men’s and women’s teams in 2020-21. He graduated from Ferris State in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“I am super excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with the App State tennis team,” Rupa said. “Ashleigh, all of the players on the team, and everyone behind the scenes are working hard to build a special program. I’m looking forward to being a part of the great team culture and getting involved with the App State community.”