Manisha Patel is entering her first season as volunteer assistant coach for the Lady Tigers. Patel brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unrivaled and unmatched by most volunteer coaches across the nation.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Patel excelled on the courts at the <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>University of Louisville as she ranks at or near the top in several categories. A standout at Louisville from 1996-99, Patel holds the record for career doubles wins with 113. She is tied for second in career singles wins with 100 and ranks third on the school’s all-time list for singles wins in a season with a 32-12 record in 1997. She earned All-Conference Team honors for her performance in 1997 as a sophomore, and she was named Louisville’s MVP. That same year she reached as high as No. 68 in the national singles rankings.
In 1998-99 as a senior, Patel earned her highest collegiate ranking with a No. 40 doubles ranking.
Patel comes to LSU after having served as an assistant coach for Columbia University in 2006-07. Before that Patel was an assistant coach for two seasons in 2004-06 at Louisville. Patel was a volunteer assistant at Louisville for three seasons before earning the assistant coach title.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Patel was an All-State selection all four years at Apollo High School, and she was recently inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Patel signed an athletic scholarship with Louisville where she graduated with a degree in marketing in 2000.