Dominic Manilla is in his sixth season as head coach of the Old Dominion University women's tennis program in 2016-17.
Manilla had his most effective year as a head coach at the collegiate level in 2014-15, as he had his Lady Tennis Monarchs nationally ranked throughout the season. Old Dominion finished the year nationally ranked No. 56 by the ITA after an impressive 16-6 overall record, which included wins over nationally ranked No. 61 VCU (4-3) and No. 48 ranked Marshall (7-0). The incredible 7-0 win against No. 48 Marshall is the highest ranked team that ODU has beaten during Manilla’s tenure at the school.
After such an impressive 2014-15 regular season, Manilla and ODU earned a No. 3 seed in the C-USA tournament before falling in the semifinals. Manilla defeated two Hall of Fame coaches on the season in Paul Kostin (VCU) and Dr. David Porter (BYU-Hawaii). At one point, Manilla had ODU on an eight-match win streak (spanned for over a month), as well as winners in 11 of 12 matches.
In all in 2014-15, Manilla had five different Lady Tennis Monarchs rake in all conference honors. Borislava Botusharova made First Team for singles and was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year. Ingrid Vojcinakova joined Botusharova on First Team for singles, while Nikol Hristova and Marijana Novakovic garnered Second Team accolades. Ivana Vukovic claimed a spot on the Third Team for singles and the Botusharova/Hristova tandem teamed up to make Third Team All Conference USA for doubles.
Vojcinakova was one of just six members named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, while five Lady Tennis Monarchs garnered C-USA Honor Roll recognition for having above 3.0 cumulative grade point averages.
In May, Botusharova was named the recipient of the 2015 Rookie of the Year award by the ITA for the entire Atlantic region.
In the summer of 2014, Manilla picked up one of the most highly touted recruits in the program’s history when Borislava Botusharova signed her NLI to Old Dominion. In the Fall of 2014, Botusharova was named the No. 6 ranked Newcomer/Freshman in the entire NCAA entering her first semester of college at ODU and has since continued to make noise on the national level.
In their second season in C-USA (2013-14), the Lady Monarchs tallied an overall record of 12-6-1, including an impressive mark of 9-3 while playing at home. Manilla led ODU to a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over Tulane in the first round of the C-USA Tournament before falling to eventual champion Rice.
Individually, Manilla helped Nikol Hristova garner numerous accolades during her sophomore campaign. In April, she became the first ODU women’s tennis player to receive the C-USA Player of the Week. At the season’s end, she was named to the All C-USA Singles First Team and, alongside Melissa Olguin, the All C-USA Doubles Second Team. Additionally, she was selected as a wildcard to play in the 2014 Boyd Tinsley Classic at Boars Head.
The Lady Monarchs completed their first season in Conference USA in 2012, capping the year by defeating UAB in the first round of the Conference Championships team, becoming ODU's first sport to claim a win in a Conference USA Tournament.
ODU finished the year 13-9, with four of the losses coming to schools ranked in the top-50 in the nation. Five Lady Monarchs finished the season in double-digit wins, including two freshmen, Nikol Hristova and Ivana Vukovic.
Diana Ivanova became the first women's tennis player to earn C-USA honors, as she was named to the all-conference second team.
In his first season at the helm, Manilla led ODU to a 13-10 overall mark and advanced to the CAA Tournament semifinals.
Three Lady Monarchs earned all-conference honors, including CAA Co-Rookie of the Year in Aleksandra Mitrovska. Diana Ivanova earned first team honors while Melissa Esnal Olguin earned third-team accolades. Ivanova and Esnal Olguin teamed up for All-CAA doubles honors as well.
"I was most impressed with Dom as an assistant tennis coach at ODU upon my arrival last year. He has only enhanced his tennis acumen with his stint at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Coaching staff," Selig said. "Dom knows the ODU program and has great vision on improving our program to one of the nation's top women's programs in the country. He presented an extremely detailed plan for enhancing our recruiting, competitiveness, scheduling and fundraising that captured the attention and interest of the entire selection committee. We welcome Dom back as our new head women's tennis coach."
Manilla, an ODU Graduate and former men's tennis player, spent a year coaching at the prestigious John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York. Manilla was a part of the day-to-day on court training and worked closely with McEnroe, Gilad Bloom (former ATP #56 ranking and Academy Director) and Fritz Buehning (former ATP #21 ranking and Assistant Academy Director).
Before joining the McEnroe Academy, Manilla returned to his alma mater for three years as an assistant coach. Manilla joined the Monarchs in the fall of 2007 and helped ODU to a third place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association, and ranking as high as No. 38 during the season, and an appearance in the conference tournament semifinals. The Monarchs reached the semi's again in 2009 and placed the doubles team of Aleksandr Seleznev and Tobias Fanselow in the NCAA Doubles Tournament, with Seleznev qualifying for the singles tournament.
Dominic grew up in a tennis family as his father, Ron Manilla, is the Tennis Tournament Director and Master Pro at Boars Head Sports Club, as well as a PTR International Master Professional. Dominic's brother, Josef Manilla, is the Director of Tennis at Lynchburg College, where he oversees all aspects of the men's and women's programs for the Hornets.
Dom also worked at the Norfolk Yacht Club, where he trained several ranked junior players. Manilla finished his career at ODU with an 18-15 record and was part of the 2007 team that defeated Virginia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and finished with an overall ranking of No. 31.
"I feel fortunate to have Dom return to his alma mater. I think he embodies the tangible and intangible qualities that will enable him as a head coach to foster a winning culture within our program," Associate Athletic Director and Committee Chair Bruce Stewart said. "He is a tireless individual that not only has the best interest of our program at heart, but truly bleeds blue and will be an asset to our campus community."