Alison Silverio, a national champion in her playing days at Georgia Tech and the architect of one of the nation’s top program turnarounds at Oregon, completed her first season as head coach of the University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team in 2018-19.
At Notre Dame
In her first season at Notre Dame, Silverio piloted the Irish to a 13-12 mark while mentoring junior Zoe Spence and sophomore Cameron Corse to All-ACC selections. Notre Dame spent a few weeks in the ITA team rankings, while reaching the second round of the ACC Championship
Zoe Spence and Cameron Corse were All-ACC selections. Spence went 17-13 in singles action, winning four matches over ranked foes and knocking-off a pair of top-10 opponents. Corse was 23-6 with a 10-4 record in ACC play. She won six straight matches to end the season. As a doubles team, Corse and Spence went 12-7 on the year, including a 4-3 mark in ACC play.
Her debut season saw Oregon among the ITA team rankings for the longest stretch since 2009, while she inked a top-15 recruiting class as her first signing class in Eugene. Season two saw the Ducks go 11-11 while starting league play 3-0, the best start in Pac-12 action since 2004.
In her third season at Oregon, Silverio’s Ducks posted their best overall record (14-11) in 11 years and top conference mark (6-4) in 13 seasons. After reaching the Pac-12 semifinals via an upset of UCLA, the Ducks earned their first NCAA tournament bid in a decade.
The Ducks topped that overall win total in 2018, going 16-10 and 5-5 in Pac-12 play. Oregon returned to the NCAA tournament, defeating No. 38 Tennessee in the first round before falling to third-ranked Duke. It was Oregon’s first NCAA tournament win in 14 years and its highest-ever national ranking of No. 17 came along the way. In addition, Alyssa Tobita qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship, the first Duck to do so since 2006.
As An Assistant
Silverio’s head coaching debut at Oregon followed assistant coaching stints in the ACC at Georgia Tech, her alma mater, and NC State. As an assistant at Georgia Tech, Silverio helped assemble the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class in 2012, along with the No. 6 signing class in 2013. The 2013 season also saw her help guide the nation’s top-ranked doubles team, which won the ITA National Indoor Doubles Championship and the ITA Regional Doubles title, while capping back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances for the Yellow Jackets.
She spent three seasons in Raleigh, North Carolina, helping NC State earn NCAA tournament bids in 2008 and 2010 and was instrumental in the Wolfpack signing a top-25 recruiting class in 2010, then the highest-ranked class in program history.
As A Player
As a player at Georgia Tech, Silverio helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 2007 NCAA title. She clinched the national championship with a win at two singles, garnering NCAA tournament MVP honors. She also helped Tech to ACC Championships from 2005-07, earning ACC All-Tournament Team honors twice and ACC Tournament MVP honors in 2005. As a senior, the Yellow Jackets captured the ITA National Indoor title for the first time in school history.
Silverio departed Georgia Tech as the program’s all-time leader in doubles wins (98), second in singles wins (107) and fourth in singles winning percentage (.711).
The Louisville, Ohio, native was a four-time selection to both the ACC Honor Roll and ACC All-Academic Team while winning the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award in 2005 and 2007. As a senior, Silverio won the ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award, the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship and an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.
Alison Silverio By The Numbers
As A Player
- 1 NCAA Team Championship
- 1 NCAA Championship MVP
- 1 ACC Championship MVP
- 3 ACC Team Championships
- 2 ACC All-Tournament Team Selections
- 98 Career Doubles Wins
- 107 Career Singles Wins
- 1 ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award
- 4 ACC Honor Roll Selections
- 4 ACC All-Academic Team Accolades
- 2 ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards
As A Coach
- 16 Wins By Oregon in 2017-18, the most since 2005-06
- 6 Pac-12 Wins By Oregon in 2016-17, the most since 2004-05
- 1 NCAA Tournament Win In 2017-18, the first at Oregon since 2004
- No. 15 nationally-ranked recruiting class by TennisRecruiting.net, the highest in Oregon history
- No. 1 nationally-ranked recruiting class as an assistant at Georgia Tech (2012)