WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Karen Piazza has been named the fourth women’s tennis coach in University of Saint Joseph history, Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli announced.
Piazza for the previous six years had been a teaching pro at the Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill where she implemented and ran a wide variety of programs for juniors, children and adults. She has also coached in programs for the Portland Park & Rec. Dept. since 2009 and the Berlin Park & Rec. Dept. since 2011.
“We’re very happy to have someone of Karen’s experience join the USJ family,” Cardarelli said. “Her extensive knowledge and experience make her well-positioned to continue the success that Stacey Brown had the past two years. And I know our players will benefit from everything she has to offer them.”
Brown, a USJ Hall of Fame member, was the assistant coach for the Blue Jays for 12 years and the head coach the past two. USJ went 17-13 under Brown and posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 13 years.
A four-year tennis player at Quinnipiac, Piazza graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics. She also earned a Certificate of Photography from the Rhode Island School of Photography. She has been self-employed as a photographer and owner of Karen St. Denis-Piazza Photography, performing freelance, commercial and corporate work since 1990.
Piazza resides in Portland with her husband Greg and their two daughters, Nicole and Juliette.