Alison Silverio is entering her third year as the head women’s tennis coach at Oregon. She joined the Ducks as the 10th head coach in UO history in June of 2014.
In 2016, Silverio led the Ducks to an 11-11 season that included Oregon’s first 3-0 start in Pac-12 play since the 2004 season. Under her watch, freshman Shweta Sangwan and sophomore Alyssa Tobita each racked up 21 overall singles wins, while Tobita and Rose teamed up to go 12-6 overall and 10-4 in doubles to become the second-winningest tandem in school history.
Silverio also led the Ducks to a 4-1 win over No. 30 Virginia Tech in the opening weekend of the spring season that served as the program’s first win over a top-30 opponent since 2011. The Ducks spent all 15 weeks of the season ranked in the ITA team rankings, ascending to as high as No. 28, the team’s highest mark in the polls since 2005.
Silverio made a splash in her first season at the helm, posting an 11-10 overall mark and a 4-6 record in Pac-12 play – the most wins in conference play in over a decade. She guided Marlou Kluiving to 23 singles victories, seventh-most in a single-season ever at Oregon. Silverio also coached the freshman sensation team of Nia Rose and Alyssa Tobita to a staggering 25-10 record in doubles play, good for second on the Oregon all-time single-season wins list.
The first-year head coach also had the Ducks ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association polls for nine-straight weeks. The last time UO was ranked for that long was back in 2009. Oregon reached as high as No. 56 in the polls and also had its No. 1 and No. 2 doubles pair ranked. At one point, UO also had Rose and Nicole Long ranked in singles play.
Silverio didn’t waste any time on the recruiting trails as she inked five top-ranked recruits in her first class at Oregon, earning the Ducks the No. 15 recruiting class according to Tennisrecruiting.net. That marked the first time UO had a top-25 recruiting class in program history. In November of 2015, the second-year head coach inked five-star talent Julia Eshet to the program to add to Oregon’s impressive roster of young talent brought in by Silverio.
Silverio comes to Eugene from Georgia Tech where she served as an assistant coach at her alma mater the past four seasons. During her time with the Yellow Jackets program, Silverio helped assemble the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2012, and followed up with the No. 6 recruiting class in 2013.
In 2013, Silverio mentored the top-ranked doubles team in the nation as well as the ITA National Indoor doubles champions and ITA Regional doubles champions.
Silverio also helped guide Georgia Tech to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012 and 2013.
The Yellow Jackets also achieved the highest GPA of any athletic program in school history with a 3.71 mark in 2012 under her watch in Atlanta.
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Silverio spent two years at North Carolina State where she served as an assistant coach (2008-10). She helped lead the Wolfpack to a pair of team NCAA appearances in 2008 and 2010, and also assisted with bringing in the first top 25 recruiting class in the program’s history (2010).
Silverio’s resume also includes a stellar playing career at Georgia Tech which culminated with a National Championship in 2007. Her victory at the No. 2 singles position clinched the title for Georgia Tech, which garnered her tournament MVP honors.
Silverio’s decorated career included ACC championships from 2005 to 2007, ACC All-Tournament Team accolades in 2005 and 2007 as well as an ACC Tournament MVP selection in 2005.
She graduated as the program’s all-time leader in doubles wins (98), second in singles wins (107) and fourth in singles winning percentage (.711).
The Louisville, Ohio, product was also standout in the class room, earning ACC Honor Roll and ACC All-Academic Team honors all four season in Atlanta. Silverio was named to Georgia Tech’s Dean’s List all four years and was a recipient of the ITA Scholar Athlete Award in 2005 and 2007.
In addition, Silverio earned the 2007 ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship and the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship in her season campaign.