The 2019-20 season will be the fourth for Raquel Vescovi with the Forester men's tennis team and her eighth as a head tennis coach at the collegiate level. She also serves as head coach of the College's women's tennis team and as an advisor for the College's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Under Vescovi's direction, the 2018-19 Foresters were 12-10 overall in the spring and their 6-2 record during league play was tied-for-second in the Midwest Conference standings. They also reached the four-team MWC Tournament for the fifth straight season and the ninth time in program history. Lake Forest players advanced to the semifinals at five different positions at the MWC Individual Tournaments with an appearance in the championship match at #2 doubles. A pair of Foresters were named Academic All-MWC in July.
Lake Forest is now 40-29 overall and 19-5 in the MWC in Vescovi's three seasons at the helm of the program. The Foresters have also claimed four conference titles in singles, another championship in doubles, and a pair of MWC Newcomer of the Year awards during that time. The team has excelled in the classroom as well with seven Academic All-MWC selections in the last three seasons combined.
The Forester women's tennis team has also been extremely successful since Vescovi came to the College, posting an overall record of 55-17 and a league mark of 23-4 with a conference title in 2018-19. Lake Forest advanced to each of the last three MWC Championship Matches and to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history in 2019. Players on the team have captured 11 conference titles in singles and doubles combined, a MWC Newcomer of the Year award, and nine 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 Mastodon 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.