University of Minnesota women's athletics director Chris Voelz announced today the hiring of Linda LeClaire as the assistant women's tennis coach. LeClaire begins her duties immediately.
LeClaire has worked as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's tennis team the past four seasons. Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, LeClaire worked as a performance consultant for over 20 years. She has coached athletes at ATP and WTA tennis events, including Grand Slam tournaments, and has coached LPGA golfers.
LeClaire is the founder of Visual Eyes and the creator of the Visual Eyes Mental training tapes used by athletes in all sports. She speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of energy and how it is linked to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength. LeClaire is the author of two books, "Yes, God Speaks to Women, Too!" and "The Whole Kid Peace Activity Book."
"Having coached Olympians and professionals, Coach LeClaire brings a wealth of experience from the highest level," head coach Martin Novak said. "She is already familiar with all of our players from working with the team the past two years. I feel very fortunate to welcome Coach LeClaire to our staff full-time. Our athletes will benefit from her knowledge and experience."
The women's tennis team, which tied for second in the Big Ten in 1999 for its best conference finish in school history, opens the season Sept. 23 at the National Claycourt Championships in Baltimore.