Nilsson Hires Embree to Women's Tennis Staff

Per Nilsson and Lauren Embree (Photo by Sarah Otteman)
July 17, 2017

MALIBU, Calif. – Head Coach Per Nilsson of the Pepperdine women’s tennis team announced the hire of Lauren Embree as assistant coach on Monday afternoon.  Nilsson brings Embree on staff with high expectations as she brings a wealth of playing experience at the collegiate and professional levels to the table.

“I am very excited to join the Pepperdine family,” said Embree.  “I want to thank Per Nilsson, Dr. Steve Potts and Karina Herold for this amazing opportunity to begin coaching at such a top  program.  I am looking forward to be able to learn from one of the best coaches in the country, and help this amazing group of girls become the best they can be on and off the court.“

Since May 2014 Embree has played in the ITF Pro Circuit, earning a career-high singles ranking of 232 and doubles ranking of 238.  She has traveled around the world to places including China, Europe, Australia and South America.  Throughout her professional career, Embree has amassed 92 career singles wins and 60 career doubles wins within ATP/WTA and ITA Pro Circuit events.  She won her first professional singles title at the Fort Worth 10K in 2013.  Most recently in 2017, she won the Manacor 15K with Chilean partner Alexa Guarachi.  She won other doubles titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well, including Brisbane 25K and Redding 25K twice.

“I’m very excited to bring a person like Lauren to Pepperdine,” said Nilsson.  “Lauren’s resume speaks for itself.  Her experience as a top-notch college player and a professional will be an invaluable asset to our team.  Lauren has the same drive, dedication and character I look for in the players I recruit.  I look forward to working with her and I know our players will benefit greatly from Lauren’s experience and knowledge.”

Embree was a five-time ITA All-American with the University of Florida Gators, helping the team earn back-to-back NCAA Championship crowns in 2011 and 2012.  In each of the title-matches, she clinched the dual-winning match for the Gators earning herself Most Valuable Player in the tournament as a result.  She played No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles throughout her career, producing a 38-0 career record among Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition. 

Throughout her career in Gainesville, Embree amassed a 117-16 overall record in singles and a 119-25 record in doubles, ranking No. 1 in the ITA singles rankings during the entirety of her senior campaign.  She was the ITA National Rookie of the Year in 2010, ITA National Senior Player of the Year in 2013 and won the tennis division for the Honda Award in 2011 and 2013.  She earned ITA All-American Singles honors in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and doubles honors in 2012.  She was the first player in SEC women’s tennis history to be named SEC Player of the Year on three occasions.

Before reaching the collegiate playing ranks, Embree competed in the ITF juniors circuit in tournaments including the French Open and French Open juniors, Australian Open juniors and US Open Juniors.  She won the 2008 Eddie Herr International Junior Championship and finished her juniors career ranked No. 6 in the world and ranked No. 1 in every age division in the United States. 



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