Former Players Tortorella, Eriksson Added to Women's Tennis Coaching Staff
Sept. 26, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine women’s tennis head coach Gualberto Escudero announced two additions to his coaching staff today. Cintia Tortorella, a former player and coach for the Waves, rejoins the squad as an assistant coach. Additionally, Nina Eriksson has come aboard to serve as a volunteer assistant.
Tortorella, a two-time All-West Coast Conference performer from 1999-2001, returns to her post as assistant coach after serving in the same capacity from 2004-07. Prior to her return to Malibu, she was an assistant coach at Baylor and Loyola Marymount.
“It’s an amazing feeling being back here. Pepperdine is home to me,” said Tortorella upon her hiring. “Working with Gualberto and Nina is an absolute privilege.
“I believe we have an amazing team this season. These girls work hard and are so willing to learn. I couldn’t ask for more as a coach.”
Tortorella double majored in telecommunications and Spanish literature while at Pepperdine and completed her degree in 2001. She then earned a master’s degree in sports management from Baylor.
In addition to coaching stops at Pepperdine, LMU and Baylor, Tortorella also 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.
Eriksson, Escudero’s assistant for nearly a decade in the late 1990s and early 2000s, also returns to the Waves’ sideline, this time as a volunteer assistant coach.
During Eriksson’s first stint in Malibu, Pepperdine compiled an eight-year dual match record of 151-66 (.696). The Waves won seven West Coast Conference team titles in that time and advanced to the NCAA Championships seven times (eight including regionals).
As a student-athlete, Eriksson posted a cumulative dual match singles record of 44-17 (.721). The Waves captured three WCC team titles and advanced to the NCAA Championships three straight seasons while posting an overall dual match record of 49-16 (.754).
Eriksson was also a starting defender and midfielder from 1993-95 for the Pepperdine women's soccer team. Eriksson was a second team All-WCC selection in 1994, as the Waves completed the campaign with an overall record of 10-7-2 and finished third in the final league standings.
A native of Norrkoping, Sweden, Eriksson earned a bachelor's degree in German and completed her work on a master's degree in education and psychology in 1997.
The Waves gear up for a busy weekend. Some members of the team will be heading to the SDSU Fall Classic on Sept. 27-29, while others will compete at Riviera/ITA All-American Championship beginning on Saturday.