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Filip Kricka
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Stetson
Graduating Year: 2009
Experience: 3 Years

Filip Kricka was hired in July 2012 and recently completed his third season as an assistant coach with the Penn women's tennis program in 2015.

In 2014-15, Penn finished with a 10-8 overall record and went 3-4 in Ivy League play, winning three of its last four league matches, all against ranked opponents.

Finishing her career with help from Kricka, Sol Eskenazi became the most decorated women's tennis player in Penn history finishing with eight All-Ivy selections, including seven First-team honors, and was the co-recipient of the Penn Athletics Asscoiation of Alumnae Fathers' Trophy, along with the Trustees' Council for Penn Women Athletic Award of Excellence. Fellow senior Alexandra Ion was also the recipient of the Penn Athletics Goldring Award.

The 2013-14 season was highlighted by Sol Eskenazi becoming the first player in program history with three-straight First-team All-Ivy selections in doubles, doing so with three different partners. In addition to her third-straight All-Ivy doubles selection, with Kana Daniel, Eskenazi was named First-team All-Ivy in singles, becoming the first Penn player since 1999 to be named First-team for three consecutive years. The Quakers also pushed their way into the ITA rankings, at No. 68, for the first time in five years.

In Kricka's first season as an assistant coach, he helped lead Penn to a 10-9 overall record and send the duo of Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva to the NCAA Championship Round of 32 in doubles. Prior to the NCAA run, the duo won the ITA Northeast Regional title in the fall.

Kricka makes the move to Penn from the Quakers' University City neighbor, Drexel, where he spent the last two years as a coach with the Dragons' men's and women's tennis programs. In 2011-12 the Drexel women won 13 matches, the second-best total in program history, while the men won nine matches which was their highest total since they won 10 in 2007-08.

Kricka, who hails from Umag, Croatia, came to Drexel after a successful playing and coaching career at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. He began his collegiate playing career as a member of South Alabama's nationally ranked tennis team. After competing with the Jaguars for the 2005-06 season, Kricka transferred to Stetson where he was a second-team All-Atlantic Sun selection in 2007 and a member of the All-Academic First Team in 2008. As a senior in 2009, Kricka served as a team captain while playing his way to first-team all-conference honors and a spot on the Atlantic Sun's All-Tournament Team. He was also an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athlete his senior year.

After graduating with a degree in integrated health science, Kricka served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Hatters. Kricka has also honed his skills as an instructor while working as a tennis professional at The Club of Riverdale in New York and the assistant tennis professional at the Cloveleigh Club in Rye, N.Y.

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