The 2018-19 season will be the third for Raquel Vescovi with the Forester men's tennis team and her seventh as a head tennis coach at the collegiate level. She also serves as head coach of the College's women's tennis team.
Under Vescovi's direction, the 2017-18 Foresters were 14-8 overall in the spring and their 7-1 record during league play was good for second place in the conference standings. They also reached the MWC Championship Match for the fourth straight season and the eighth time in program history. Individual conference titles were claimed by Nick Zazove at #1 singles and Brett O'Brien at #2 singles. In addition, O'Brien was named MWC Newcomer of the Year a year after Zazove claimed the same award.
Lake Forest is now 28-19 overall and 13-3 in the MWC in Vescovi's two seasons at the helm of the program. The Foresters have also claimed four conference titles in singles and one in doubles during that time. The team has excelled in the classroom as well with five Academic All-MWC selections in the last two seasons combined.
The Forester women's tennis team has also been extremely successful since Vescovi came to the College, posting an overall record of 33-13 and a league mark of 14-4. Lake Forest advanced to the MWC Championship Match both years, four players have captured conference titles, one received the MWC Newcomer of the Year award, and seven earned Academic All-MWC honors.
Vescovi came to Lake Forest after serving as the head men's and women's tennis coach at NCAA Division II McKendree University during the 2015-16 academic year. Her teams combined for a .500 record and the Bearcat men earned the program's first victory over a Division I opponent.
Prior to her time at McKendree, Vescovi was the head women's tennis coach for a season at NCAA Division I Western Illinois University, where she led the Leathernecks to a six-win improvement from the year before. She was also the head women's tennis coach at Indiana Istitute of Technology from 2012 to 2014 and was twice named Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. She also earned her master's degree in organizational leadership from Indiana Tech in 2013.
Vescovi earned her bachelor's degree in interpersonal and organizational communication from Purdue University Fort Wayne and lettered four times for the NCAA Division I Mastadon tennis team. The two-year team captain and two-time All-Summit League selection helped lead Fort Wayne to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011 and was named the squad's Most Valuable Player as a senior. The trip to the 2010 NCAA Tournament was the Mastodon's first in the history of the program. Also a standout in the classroom, Vescovi earned the Chancellor's Merit Award three times at Fort Wayne.
Vescovi resides in Lake Forest.