Valerie Vladea is in her third year as an assistant coach for the Purdue women's tennis program. Vladea started working with the Boilermakers on July 10, 2006.
Vladea was instrumental in Big Ten wins over Wisconsin and Penn State last season and guided Brooke Beier and Stephanie Wooten to wins in the Big Ten Tournament.
Vladea helped the Boilermakers to a 13-9 win-loss record in her first season as assistant in 2006-07.
First-year highlights included Brooke Beier and Mallory Voelker winning the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational No. 1 doubles title and finishing the spring with a national No. 49 ranking. Voelker succeeded in her first year at No. 1 singles, posting a 15-8 dual record, and receiving a spot on the All-Big Ten team.
Prior to her arrival in West Lafayette, Vladea spent the 2004-05 season as the assistant women's tennis coach at Marquette University.
While at Marquette, she was responsible for scheduling and structuring of daily team practices, travel, and recruiting. Junior Erin Watkins was the Golden Eagles' top individual success story during Vladea's lone season in Milwaukee, finishing with an overall singles record of 21-16 while playing at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Before her first year at Marquette, she was a tennis coach and counselor at the Nike/Northwestern Tennis Camp in the summer of 2005.
Vladea, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, played three years at Minnesota and one year at Northwestern to finish her collegiate eligibility.
While at Minnesota, Vladea earned three consecutive All-Big Ten honors while playing at No. 1 singles and doubles all three years. Vladea was only the third athlete in Minnesota women's tennis history to earn at least three all-conference citations.
Vladea was named the team's most valuable player at the end of 2001-02, and the following year led the Golden Gophers to a final ranking of 29th in the nation. In her only season at Northwestern, Vladea again earned MVP honors as she tallied an overall record of 34-9, including a perfect 12-0 mark in the Big Ten at No. 4 singles, winning the conference title at that spot. She helped the Wildcats win their seventh-straight Big Ten Tournament title as they finished the season ranked fifth in the nation.
A native of Timisoara, Romania, Vladea graduated from Minnesota with a degree in sports management and finished her master's degree in liberal studies from Northwestern in the summer of 2006.