Former California women's tennis standout Renata Kolbovic returned to the Golden Bears as an assistant coach in 2009. Kolbovic came to Berkeley by way of Tennis Canada and Tennis British Columbia where she served as a junior travel coach and is entering her second year with the team.
"Renata brings a wealth of experience to our program both as a player and as a coach," said Augustus. "Her time with Tennis Canada, the national team and on the WTA tour is invaluable and will greatly enhance the level of coaching we have here at Cal. Her arrival puts us in a great position to continue to pursue our goals as individual players and as a team."
During her time with Tennis Canada (2005-08), Kolbovic traveled to Europe for junior ITF events with the U12 boys and girls teams. She also helped coach the Tennis B.C. U16 and U18 boys and girls squads to appearances at the Canadian junior national championships.
Prior to her work with Tennis Canada, Kolbovic was the women's tennis assistant coach at Washington from 2002-04 where she helped guide the Huskies to a No. 4 ranking and appearances in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship semifinals and the 2004 NCAA team championship quarterfinal. Kolbovic has also served as an assistant pro at the Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver, B.C. where she worked with various high-performance junior and adult programs.
As a player, Kolbovic made a name for herself in just one semester at Cal. She won her first singles tournament at the Arizona State Invitational and teamed up with Augustus to win the doubles title at the same tourney. A week later, the tandem shocked the collegiate tennis world and became the first qualifier to win the All-American Championship doubles title. They were also the first pair of freshmen ever to claim the All-American doubles crown.
Kolbovic left Cal early for a spot on the WTA Tour. In 1996, she reached her highest singles ranking of No. 159 and her highest doubles ranking of No. 108. She won 12 doubles titles and one singles title on the ITF Futures Circuit and advanced to the 1997 doubles final at the WTA tour event in Surabaya, Indonesia. She has competed in all four Grand Slams of women's tennis and won eight out of her nine matches played as a member of Canada's Fed-Cup team. She also represented Canada in the Pan-American Games in 1991 and 1999 and was a member of the Canadian Junior National team from 1989 to 1994.
The University of British Columbia awarded Kolbovic with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 and a teaching certificate in July of 2009. She currently resides in Walnut Creek, Calif.