Le Nguyen returns to Washburn as assistant tennis coach

An athlete whose passion for their game, whether it be basketball, softball, soccer, baseball, football or tennis, has to be strong.

Vigorous practices and long seasons can be difficult. To those whose dedication goes beyond that strength though, passion becomes life. To Trang Le Nguyen, Washburn University’s assistant coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams, strength became life.

Le Nguyen first came to Washburn University in August, during the 2008-09 school year, to finish her BBA in marketing and management. This is where she first began and played on the Washburn women’s tennis team as the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles player. Then, after graduating in 2011 she joined the MBA program, and will graduate again this upcoming May.

As a student at Washburn University, Le Nguyen was very involved on campus.

“I had the chance to be to be involved in many organizations on campus,” said Le Nguyen.

“I was involved as a senator on WSGA, the director of the Leadership Institute, the president of the International Club, an Resident Assistant of the Living Learning Center and a member of other organizations throughout my years.”

Le Nguyen first became the assistant coach for the Washburn men’s tennis team early in 2010 and has been assistant coach since.

“It has been an amazing experience for me,” said Le Nguyen. “By being a previous player for Head Coach Dave Alden, I’ve learned so much now as a coach.”

According to Le Nguyen, Coach Alden is amazing to work with.

“He has changed my tennis game so much since I first came to Washburn University as a player,” said Le Nguyen.

Le Nguyen describes Alden’s work ethic as incredibly dedicated and fatherly towards his players.

“I always wish that all players will understand that its not easy to be a coach,” said Le Nguyen. “I am extremely thankful to have had the chance to work alongside Coach Alden, because I can improve myself, not just as a coach, but as better person in the real work place.”

Le Nguyen’s love for tennis didn’t begin when she first arrived at WU. Her father is a national coach in Vietnam and has been for 23 years.

“I played tennis for most of my life,” said Le Nguyen. “From the junior level to professional and then to USA college.”

Le Nguyen also has many titles under her belt, some including Washburn and MIAA MVP in 2009 and 2010.

“I was a tennis player, a teammate and now a coach,” said Le Nguyen. “I hope that my part can be a little bit helpful for those on the tennis team this season.”