Baylor director of women's tennis Joey Scrivano is in his 18th season with Baylor in 2019-20.
- Two NCAA Final Fours (2008, 2011)
- Six NCAA Elite Eights
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015)
- 11-Time Regular Season Big 12 Champion
(2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Eight-Time Big 12 Tournament Champion
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015)
- Six-Time Big 12 Coach of the Year
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Three-Time ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year
(2006, 2008, 2010)
- TTCA Coach of the Year (2005)
- Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2001, 2002)
In his 17 seasons leading the Baylor women's tennis program, Scrivano has put his Lady Bears among the nation's elite, along with 19 combined Big 12 Conference championships between regular season and tournament titles.
Scrivano led Baylor to an impressive 14-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2005-18, and Baylor earned trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2008 and 2011. During that 14-year span, Baylor compiled an astounding 125-16 (.887) record. Scrivano was promoted from head coach to the director of women's tennis in July 2016.
Scrivano's astounding 143-28 (.836) mark in the Big 12, accompanies a 381-150 (.718) mark overall as the leader of the Baylor program. In his time at BU, he has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year six times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015) and the ITA Regional Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2008, 2010). In 10 of the last 15 seasons, the Bears punched tickets to the NCAA Sweet 16 and are a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament advancing to the postseason in 15 of the last 17 years.
Individually, Baylor has had an enormous amount of success under Scrivano. In 2005, Zuzana Zemenova became the first unseeded player in NCAA history to win the NCAA singles title. Zemenova, a five-time NCAA All-American, also earned her way back to the singles title match in 2008. Scrivano coached standout Lenka Broosova to BU career records for singles and doubles victories over her four years at Baylor. Most recently, Scrivano mentored Blair Shankle to singles All-American recognition after advancing to the NCAA round of 16 in 2017. In addition to achieving the highest individual singles ranking in program history (No. 3), Shankle garnered 2017 ITA Most Improved Senior and 2017 CoSIDA All-Academic All-America Third Team recognition. Shankle, the first player in program history to earn All-America accolades on the court and in the classroom, became the ninth player to register 100 career singles wins.
Twenty-Nine All-Americans have come thru Baylor on Scrivano's watch, including Broosova's five, Zemenova's five and Shankle's three honors. Outside of his collegiate duties, Scrivano has twice been chosen to captain Texas' junior team at the USTA Girls 18s National Team Championships in 2013, 2015 and 2019. He has been instrumental in spreading youth tennis in the Waco community by starting the Baylor Cub Tennis program, which is a free clinic for area youths prior to home matches. The program has grown tremendously and is now in its sixth year.
Baylor’s 2018-19 campaign was hampered by injuries and the Bears collected a 9-21 overall record, a 2-7 mark in Big 12 Conference play and advanced to the Big 12 Championship second round. Livia Kraus and Jessica Hinojosa earned All-Big 12 second team honors while Kris Sorokolet and Angie Shakhraichuk teamed up for second-team honors on the doubles court in the Big 12.
In 2017-18, The Bears’ 18-14 overall record propelled the team to its 14th-straight NCAA Tournament. The Bears won eight of their last 11 regular-season matches and upset No. 18 Kansas to earn a spot in the semifinals round of the Big 12 Championship before falling to eventual champion, Texas.
In 2016-17, Scrivano led the Bears to the NCAA tournament after recording a 22-7 record overall and an 8-2 mark in Big 12 action. Baylor protected its home court with a perfect regular season record of 15-0. Four Lady Bears earned All-Big 12 recognition, led by first team singles and doubles selection and eventual singles All-American senior Blair Shankle. Fellow senior Rhiann Newborn earned her first career honor with a second team All-Big 12 singles selection. Baylor, which advanced to the NCAA second round for the 13th consecutive year, closed the season with a No. 17 national ranking.
In 2016, Scrivano rallied his young squad with only one senior from a 5-11 record to close the year on a 13-4 run. After starting Big 12 play at 2-2, the Bears won four of their next five conference matches to tie for second in league play. Despite an early first round exit from the conference tournament, Scrivano's team earned its 12th-consecutive berth to the NCAA Championships and went on to upset No. 26 Wake Forest, 4-2, in first round action, before falling to fifth-ranked host Georgia. The Bears ended the year with an 18-15 record and final ranking of No. 40. Meanwhile, individually Blair Shankle ended the year at No. 75 in singles after a 16-6 season. She partnered with Kiah Generette to rank No. 22 in doubles as the duo advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships.
In 2015, Scrivano led BU back to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 with a 28-7 record and a No. 8 national ranking. For his work, Scrivano was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the sixth time. At the conference level, Scrivano coached Baylor to a sweep of Big 12 regular season and conference championship titles. Individually, Scrivano mentored senior Ema Burgic, as she closed out a historic career by earning All-America honors in both singles and doubles. Sophomore Blair Shankle tallied doubles All-America accolades for a second-straight year.
In 2014, Scrivano guided his team to titles in the Big 12 regular season and at the conference championship. With a solid core group made up of three seniors, Scrivano's squad produced a 26-7 overall record and ended the season ranked No. 14 in the country. BU advanced to the NCAA round of 16, but the Lady Bears were at their best in Big 12 play, tallying the program's seventh undefeated (9-0) league season and the first since 2010. Scrivano was named Big 12 Coach of the Year, his fifth league honor. Individually, Scrivano helped Shankle have a breakout freshman season, as she led the team with 24 victories. He also mentored returning All-American Burgic through injuries as she rebounded to be named the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player. Shankle partnered with Victoria Kisialeva to earn All-America doubles honors by advancing to the NCAA doubles championship quarterfinals.
In 2013, Scrivano earned Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year honors by guiding a young squad to the program's ninth consecutive NCAA appearance and ninth Big 12 regular season title. After starting the season 7-13, Scrivano led his team to nine consecutive victories and an 8-1 conference mark. The Lady Bears finished the season with wins in 10 of their last 12 matches to post a 17-15 overall record. Baylor ended the season ranked No. 20, and Scrivano helped sophomore Burgic earn Big 12 Player of the Year honors and All-American status with a No. 11 final ranking. Scrivano also coached Burgic and Kisialeva to a No. 10 final ranking, as the duo earned doubles All-America recognition.
In 2012, the Lady Bears finished second in the Big 12, posting a 25-8 overall record and a 7-2 mark in conference play. Scrivano led the team to its eighth consecutive NCAA round of 16 run. Five Lady Bears finished in the Top 20 in singles and three placed in the Top 10 in doubles in the ITA Texas Region rankings.
During the 2011 season, Scrivano led the Lady Bears to their second NCAA Final Four appearance in the last four seasons and finished the year with a 29-4 record, including Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Baylor ended the season ranked No. 6, marking the fourth consecutive season it finished the year in the Top 6.
In 2010, Scrivano's team completed its third consecutive undefeated (11-0) Big 12 regular season and went on to win its fifth consecutive Big 12 tournament championship. Baylor, which achieved the program's first No. 1 ranking, entered the NCAA Team Championship as the top overall seed, but fell to eventual champion Stanford, 4-2, in the quarterfinal round. Baylor held the nation's No. 1 ranking for five weeks during the season.
The Lady Bears were represented in the 2010 NCAA singles championship by Broosova, who finished in the round of 16, and Nina Secerbegovic, who earned a spot in the quarterfinals and ended the season with a team-best 43 singles victories. Secerbegovic and Broosova were named All-Americans for their performances, while Broosova teamed with Csilla Borsanyi in the doubles tournament to earn All-America honors after reaching the quarterfinal round.
Scrivano kept the Lady Bears at the top of the Big 12 and on the brink of a second Final Four appearance in 2009. After winning his fifth consecutive Big 12 regular season title and fifth consecutive Big 12 tournament title, Scrivano led the Bears to the Elite Eight before losing, 4-3, to fifth-seeded Notre Dame and ending the season ranked No. 6 nationally. In addition, Scrivano's doubles tandem of Broosova and Borsanyi made a spectacular run to the Final Four in NCAA doubles action.
A banner year came for the Lady Bears in 2008, which compiled a 32-3 dual match record, went 11-0 in Big 12 regular season play, achieved a midseason ranking of No. 2 in the nation and finished the season ranked No. 4.
Scrivano coached his 2007 Lady Bears to their third consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. Scrivano's squad finished the season with a 24-7 record, capturing the Big 12 tournament championship for the second-straight season and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the third time in as many years.
In 2007, Baylor saw a 25-match Big 12 regular season win streak come to an end, but the Lady Bears quickly put the loss behind them, finishing the season with a 10-1 conference mark. In the Big 12 tournament held in Kansas City, Mo., Baylor marched past Nebraska, 4-0, and No. 71 Oklahoma State, 4-0, before facing No. 37 Texas in the championship match for the third consecutive season. The Lady Bears out-lasted the Longhorns in a highly contested battle, earning a 4-3 victory and the tournament championship.
Baylor hosted a regional and quickly advanced to the NCAA Championship, defeating Oral Roberts, 4-0, and No. 26 Texas A&M, 4-1, to earn a spot in the round of 16. For a third-straight season, the Lady Bears were pitted against a Top 5 Florida squad, which ended Baylor's season with a 4-2 victory. The Florida loss marked the third consecutive season that the Gators ended Baylor's tournament run. At season's end, the Lady Bears were ranked No. 13.
In 2007, Zemenova earned her third consecutive Big 12 Player of the Year award and the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award, an honor not bestowed upon a Baylor athlete since 1997. Along with Zemenova's storied success, first-year member Broosova made her mark, winning the Big 12 No. 3 singles title and earning Southwest Region Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2006, the Lady Bears claimed their third Big 12 regular season title, going undefeated (11-0) for the second-straight year, and tallying their first Big 12 postseason championship after defeating Texas in the finals. In the NCAA Tournament, Baylor soared through the first three rounds, before falling to No. 4 Florida. Baylor's advancement to the quarterfinals was a first in program history.
Under Scrivano's guidance, the 2005 Lady Bears posted a 24-6 mark and ended the year ranked No. 14 in the ITA Poll. Baylor produced the program's first perfect Big 12 record, breezing through league play with an 11-0 mark. Freshman sensation Zemenova claimed the NCAA singles championship, becoming the first unseeded NCAA champion and the program's first singles All-American. Zemenova was also named the women's tennis Honda Broderick Award winner.
Scrivano came to Baylor from the University of South Alabama, where he led the women's tennis team to three conference championships and three NCAA Tournament berths in his first three years as head coach. Scrivano accomplished the same feat in his first year at the helm of Baylor's women's program. In fact, he guided the Lady Bears to their first Big 12 championship in women's tennis.
Scrivano, who was hired in July of 2002 as Baylor's associate director of intercollegiate tennis and head women's tennis coach, inherited a team that had placed fourth in the Big 12 the previous season, was bypassed for the NCAA Tournament, graduated an All-American, lost the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and returned only three position players. Scrivano was able to bring in players to bolster the roster and dramatically improved the returning players. The result, a 9-2 Big 12 record and a conference championship. The fact that the Lady Bears did so well was impressive given the fact that they had only one player ranked among the Top 100 in singles all season and no doubles tandem ranked at all.
Scrivano knew about Baylor and its tennis facilities prior to taking the job. He got a look at the Baylor tennis program and facilities during the 2002 season when he brought his then-40th ranked South Alabama team to the Baylor Tennis Center and promptly handed Baylor's 19th-ranked team a 7-0 blanking.
University of South Alabama
While he was head coach at the University of South Alabama, the Jaguars posted a 60-18 record and won three-straight Sun Belt Conference titles in three seasons. In addition, the Jaguars made it to the round of 16 in the 2000 NCAA Tournament and to the second round in each of his last two seasons.
During his tenure at South Alabama, Scrivano tutored All-Americans Martina Ondrejkova and Iva Puflerova. Puflerova and Ondrejkova won the 1999 National Claycourt Doubles Championship, and he guided them to the 2000 Final Four of the NCAA doubles championship. He also coached the combined men's and women's squad that upset top-ranked Stanford to win the 2000 World Team Tennis National Championship. Scrivano was twice named Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2001, 2002) and was selected ITA South Region Coach of the Year in 2001.
Scrivano joined the South Alabama staff in 1999 as a men's and women's assistant coach. He helped guide the women's program to its first NCAA Elite Eight appearance, beating No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 Pepperdine along the way. He served as an assistant coach at Northwestern in 1998 and an assistant coach at the University of Mobile in 1997.
NCAA All-Americans and WTA Touring Professionals
Scrivano has coached several NCAA All-Americans and WTA touring professionals and has also been the head coach three times for the Tennis Europe National Team, which prepared U.S. juniors for ITF European tournaments.
His broad range of experience in the collegiate ranks and with U.S. juniors, serves him well in tennis recruiting wars, which are an important part of building a successful collegiate tennis program.
Education and Family
Scrivano played collegiate tennis at Eastern Michigan University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in communication in 1997. Scrivano is a native of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. He married the former Courtney Pahmiyer in November 2014. The couple welcomed a son, Nicolo, in October 2016 and Luca in November of 2018. Courtney also works in the Baylor Athletics department as Assistant AD for Marketing.