Sanja Tomasevic (SAHN-yuh toe-MAH-suh-vitch) enters her second season on Laura Neugebauer-Groff’s staff this fall. She joined the UTSA coaching staff in June 2012 after successful professional and collegiate careers.
Last season, Tomasevic helped the Roadrunners to a 21-9 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). UTSA, which tied for second in the league standings, advanced to the WAC Tournament semifinals.
The Birds capitalized on Tomasevic’s attacking tutelage en route to leading the league with 14.35 kills per set. Outside hitter McKenzie Adams ranked second in the WAC with 4.33 kills per set and was named an AVCA honorable-mention All-American and the league’s Player of the Year. Three other Roadrunners gained postseason honors, including Annie Kunes who was named the WAC Libero of the Year.
The Serbia native played seven years professionally, including the last two as a co-captain of POMI Casalmaggiore in Italy. She was named to four All-Star Games and was named the Best Server at the 2010 European Challenge Cup. She won three league championships, including back-to-back Greek titles with Panathinaikos in 2009 and ‘10.
A two-time All-American and the 2005 Asics and CVU.com National Player of the Year at Washington, Tomasevic led the Huskies to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2005 National Championship, and a pair of Pacific-10 Conference titles.
The former outside hitter ended her collegiate career as Washington’s all-time leader in points (2,159.5), kills (1,795) and service aces (156). She is one of only three players in Huskies history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Tomasevic graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.