Veteran-laden squad aims for fifth-consecutive double-digit win campaign.
Gemma Alexander-Mozeak is in her sixth season and second stint as the head coach of the St. John's women's tennis team. She has compiled a 57-45 record at St. John's in her five seasons with the Red Storm and a career record of 82-54. A former captain of the STJ women's squad, she served as the head coach at her alma mater for two seasons from 2003-05 before accepting a position with USTA Eastern after the 2005 spring campaign.
Since returning to the Red Storm in 2008, Alexander-Mozeak has led the squad to three-straight double-digit win seasons, bringing her total to five double-digit win campaigns in as many coaching years. In 2010-11, Alexander-Mozeak guided STJ to 11 victories, including four in conference play, and a ninth place finish at the annual BIG EAST Championships.
From 2008-10, Alexander-Mozeak led St. John's to two top-10 finishes at the conference championships while compiling 21 victories.
During her first St. John's stint, she helped guide a team that finished 3-7 the year before to a 12-5 mark in 2003-04. STJ also earned a national ranking for the first time in program history, as it cracked the ITA rankings on March 25, 2004 at No. 72. In 2004-05, St. John's finished with a 13-4 record, compiling its highest win total since the 1990-91 season, and placed third in the BIG EAST.
Prior to her first stint at St. John's, Alexander-Mozeak served as head coach of the Fordham University women's tennis team. The Rams went 25-9 during her two-year tenure.
A 1988 graduate of St. John's, Alexander-Mozeak earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double-major in government/politics and theology. She was a member of the varsity tennis team for one season after transferring from University of California at Santa Barbara. At UCSB, she played No. 1 doubles, where she advanced to the Round of 16 at the 1985 NCAA Championships. In 1987, she won the St. John's team Most Valuable Player award, served as the co-captain and was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic team. Alexander-Mozeak won the Metropolitan Conference women's singles and doubles titles in 1987 and received the Metropolitan Conference Sportsmanship Award.
With USTA Eastern, Alexander-Mozeak was responsible for community outreach efforts in New York City. She helped the organization in an effort to grow the game of tennis in the area. She was responsible for helping put together events, making grant proposals and helping locate sponsors for tennis programs, as well as planning and designing the programs.
Alexander-Mozeak is the proprietor of Gem Enterprises, which specializes in sports events production, specifically planning and implementing tennis and basketball tournaments, clinics, camps and fundraisers. She has also started a literacy program that brings together young people with successful athletes, entertainers and professionals.
Before she arrived at Fordham, Alexander-Mozeak was the Director of Tennis for Durham Parks and Recreation in Durham, N.C., where she was responsible for the design and promotion of its summer youth tennis programs. At the same time, she was the assistant Director of Tennis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty club.
From 1985-89, Alexander-Mozeak served as the head women's tennis coach at Hunter College, as well as serving as the head coach of the Hunter College High School boys team and a Teaching Professional at the USTA National Tennis Center. Alexander-Mozeak currently resides in Jamaica, N.Y., with her husband, Paul, and their twin sons, Alexander (21) and Andre (21).
The Alexander-Mozeak File
Year Record BIG EAST Finish 2010-11 11-10 9th 2009-10 10-12 10th 2008-09 11-14 9th 2004-05 13-4 3rd 2003-04 12-5 DNQ Total 57-45
Career Coaching Record: 82-54
St. John's (2003-05; 2008-Present)