Meet the Tennis Monarchs Staff: Zvonimir Podvinski
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – Former Tennis Monarch Zvonimir Podvinski (Zagreb, Croatia) has joined the Old Dominion’s women’s tennis staff as a Volunteer Assistant Coach, as announced by ODU head coach Dom Manilla.
“I am very thankful to be on the women’s tennis staff here at ODU, as this is a wonderful opportunity that Dom and Toni have given me, because being around them will make me a better person, as well as coach,” said Podvinski. “Tennis has been my life for as long as I can remember and I love coaching and seeing players improve.”
Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, Podvinski played for Old Dominion from 2012-16 under former Monarch head coach Aljosa Piric and served as a team captain for his senior campaign.
“The entire staff and I are thrilled that Coach Podvinski has joined our program,” said Manilla. “His professional, energetic and dedicated approach to the team and our mission has been outstanding. We are looking forward to the contributions he will bring us this spring.”
Prior to his collegiate career, he was first in the rankings for Croatia U16 and played in the semifinal of the U18 National Championship. Podvinski has also been coached by Igor Saric (assistant coach of Croatian Davis Cup team) and Lovro Zovko (Top 20 ATP in doubles).
“After playing for Old Dominion for four years, I don’t think there is a better way for me to give back than to become a Volunteer Assistant,” Podvinski explained. “I spent the best four years of my life at ODU, so getting to spend one more year here means so much to me.”
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