Gualberto Escudero welcomes back former players and coaches Cintia Tortorella and Nina Eriksson to his staff.
Former Pepperdine women's tennis standout Cintia Tortorella rejoined the coaching staff in September 2013 after serving as an assistant coach for the Waves from 2004-07.
"Cintia was an outstanding player for me here at Pepperdine and I'm thrilled to have her as part of my staff," head coach Gualberto Escudero said. "Cintia is everything I could want in a coach: dependable, consistent, knowledgeable, and energetic. I'm very excited to have her back."
Tortorella, a three-year standout on Pepperdine's women's tennis team, joined the Baylor University tennis program as an assistant coach for the 2002-03 season. During that season she guided the Bears to their first-ever Big 12 Conference title. Prior to her arrival at Baylor, she was a volunteer assistant coach at Pepperdine and an instructor at the Malibu Racquet Club.
As a student-athlete for the Waves, the native of Buenos Aires, Argentina earned All-West Coast Conference singles honors in 2000 and 2001 and the Waves were a combined 64-19 in dual match play her three years there. All three seasons the Waves won the West Coast Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Championships. She spent her freshman season at U.S. International University in San Diego where she was selected the school's Athlete of the Year. She ranked as high as No. 56 nationally during her career at Pepperdine.
To this day, Tortorella ranks No. 1 in the program record book for accumulating 26 singles victories in one dual season. Her career tally of 62 ranks tied for sixth, despite her only competing at Pepperdine for three seasons.
"It's an amazing feeling being back here. Pepperdine is home to me," said Tortorella upon her hiring.
Tortorella graduated from Pepperdine in December 2001 with a double major in telecommunications and Spanish literature. She earned a Master's of Science degree in education, with an emphasis on sports management, from Baylor in 2003.
After completing her collegiate career, Tortorella traveled throughout Latin America, North America and Europe competing in professional tournaments. She was ranked as high as No. 204 in singles and No. 197 in doubles by the WTA. While competing at the professional level she won tournaments in San Salvador, El Salvador; Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lima, Peru.
In addition to Pepperdine and Baylor, Tortorella also made a stop at Loyola Marymount, where she was the assistant coach for the women's team from 2009-11.
Prior to that, Tortorella served as the Program Director for the Agassi Safe Passage All-Stars from 2007-09. The Los Angeles-based charitable foundation sought to provide at-risk youth with educational tutoring along with specialized tennis instruction using teaching techniques similar to those employed by professional tennis coaches.
Tortorella is married to Mike Sanyeh, a manager at the Jack Kramer Club. The couple has one son, Nolan.