Danolic Tabbed Tennis Assistant Coach

Danolic Tabbed Tennis Assistant Coach

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University head men's and women's tennis coach Mike Perez has announced the hiring of Petar Danolic as the new assistant coach for both programs. A veteran of the tennis community, Danolic joins the Fighting Knights following a three-year stint as assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Miami.

He becomes the first full-time assistant coach in the history of both Lynn tennis programs. 

"Petar has the qualities of Spirit, Service, Strength that we require as well as the experience at the highest levels of junior, professional and NCAA tennis," Perez stated. "Our tennis student-athletes will have the good fortune to have Petar on our staff as he is tireless in making all around him better. His time at the University of Miami clearly demonstrates these qualities." 

During his three seasons at The U, Danolic immediately helped turn around a Canes tennis program from an unranked team at the bottom of ACC, to a top-25 nationally ranked team. Miami ranked as high as No. 23 in 2018-19, marking the program's highest ranking since 2011. The squad also qualified for the NCAA Team Championship for the second consecutive season in 2019, marking the first back-to-back appearances since 2008-09.

"I am very excited to work at one of the most successful tennis programs in the nation," Danolic said. "Lynn University is a great institution that has lots to offer to its student-athletes. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside one of the most decorated coaches in the history of college tennis, Mike Perez. I am looking towards working with the young men and women of Lynn University and helping them in their growth as tennis players, students and members of society."

Danolic was an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks at his alma mater, Texas Tech, as well as at the University of Arizona. Most recently, he has been working as a private tennis coach in Bradenton, Fla., since 2012.

Prior to moving into the private sector in 2012, Danolic spent time as a juniors coach in his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was an assistant collegiate coach in the United States.

He has been a certified member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 2000, and is an International Tennis Federation level II coach. From 2007-12 he served as both the president of the professional board for the Tennis Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and president of the National Coaches Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Danolic began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant for the Arizona women's tennis team for the 2003-04 campaign. He led Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands to the top doubles ranking in the country, while also coaching Hollands to a No. 7 ITA ranking. As a team, the Wildcats were ranked in the top 25 in the nation throughout the season. He then moved on to his alma mater of Texas Tech in 2005, helping the team to top-25 rankings for back-to-back seasons.

He also has experience working in academies in the United States. From 2000-03 he was a traveling coach on the professional and junior circuit for IMG Academy, working alongside players such as Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Tatiana Golovin and Serena Williams.

Danolic earned his bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in psychology from Texas Tech University in 2000. While playing for the Red Raiders, he was ranked as high as No. 40 in singles and was a First Team All-Southwest Conference honoree in 1996. When he graduated, he was the winningest player in Texas Tech history.