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Tavi Popaluca
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: UC Riverside
Graduating Year: 1999
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: 858-534-8455
Email: opopaluca@ucsd.edu
Tavi Popaluca was named an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's and women's tennis programs in September of 2012.

Popaluca was previously a tennis pro at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, Calif., a position that covered multiple duties including running lessons, marketing and coordinating day-to-day facility maintenance. He was also in charge of special projects at The Vintage Club.

Popaluca has instructed juniors and adults in private tennis lessons and conducted clinics as a tennis pro for Star Stringing/Cathedral Canyon Golf & Tennis Club in Cathedral City. He also spent three months as manager/director of tennis for the Los Angeles-based Century City Tennis Club, where he was in charge of supervising staff and tennis pros, marketing and membership sales.

As a professional player, Popaluca ranked in the top 50 in Southern California in every age group as well as the top 20 in the region's Men's Open Division. Internationally, he had a doubles world ranking of 1130 and was ranked in Spanish National Tennis. Popaluca was also a member of the Romanian Junior Davis Cup team that faced Greece in 1999.

While at the Jose Higueras Tennis Academy in Palm Springs, Popaluca was a sparring partner for former pros such as Jim Courier, Todd Martin and Jonathan Stark, among others.

At the collegiate level, Popaluca was a standout player at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, where he helped lead the Roadrunners to a state championship title in 1992. In 1994, he was voted his team's MVP.

Born in Romania and raised in Palm Springs, Popaluca began playing tennis at age six.

Popaluca is a 1999 graduate of UC Riverside with a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration/management information systems. In addition he earned an Associate of Arts Degree in liberal arts from College of the Desert in 1996.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his children, Kassia and Ronin, who he has already started to instill his love of tennis in.

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