The 2018-19 season will be the third for Raquel Vescovi with the Forester women'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 men's tennis team.
Under Vescovi's direction, the 2017-18 Foresters won a program record 23 matches against just three losses and finished second in the Midwest Conference standings with a league mark of 8-1. Lake Forest qualified for the four-team MWC Tournament for the ninth year in a row and reached the final for the sixth time in that span. Forester players captured league titles at #1 doubles, #2 singles, and #5 singles and reached the finals at the MWC Individual Tournaments at three other spots in the lineup.
Lake Forest is now 33-13 overall and 14-4 in the MWC in Vescovi's two seasons at the helm of the program. Four Foresters have claimed conference titles and one has been named MWC Newcomer of the Year during that time. The team has also excelled in the classroom with seven different players earning Academic All-MWC honors in the last two seasons combined.
The Forester men's tennis team has also been extremely successful since Vescovi came to the College, posting an overall record of 28-19 and a league mark of 13-3. Lake Forest advanced to the MWC Championship Match both years and individual players have combined for five conference title performances, two MWC Newcomer of the Year awards, and five 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.