LAKE CHARLES – McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill has announced the hiring of former Florida State assistant coach Giorgia Pozzan as the new head coach of the Southland Conference champion McNeese Cowgirls.Pozzan spent the past four seasons at FSU, helping guide the Seminoles to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths including a spot in the 2018 NCAA Elite 8.”It’s very exciting to have someone with the knowledge and skills like Giorgia to lead our program and to continue and build on the the success it has produced over the past several years,” said Hemphill. “I am beyond excited for the opportunity to join McNeese State University as the women’s head tennis coach,” said Pozzan. “I have been following the progress made by this team the past few years, which was coronated this past season with its first-ever conference championship.” The Cowgirls earned its first Southland Conference regular season and tournament championship and qualified for their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2018 behind a 10-1 league record and 16-6 overall mark.After the season, then-head coach Helena Besovic was offered and accepted the head coaching job at the University of Houston.”My goal for this program and our players is to continue to build on that success in order to make McNeese tennis the main contender in conference play,” said Pozzan. “McNeese has a very rich history of identifying the top up-and-coming college coach talent,” said Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They’ve struck gold once again with Giorgia Pozzan. She has competed and coached at the highest levels of college tennis and was instrumental in Florida State’s climb to the NCAA Elite 8. “She dedicated four years of her time and talents to our women’s tennis program and to our student athletes; she operated hands-on in a highly functional and high-level culture of excellence; and these experiences have equipped her for this next challenge in her coaching career.”McNeese is very fortunate to have someone of Giorgia’s experience and character lead this next phase of Cowgirl tennis.”In 2012-13, Pozzan was a volunteer assistant coach at Houston. She helped lead the Cougars to a 21-6 record including trips to the NCAA Tournament and the Conference USA Championships.After Houston, she spent a year as a teaching assistant at UH in the sociology department. During the summer she plays tennis in Italy in Serie B.As a player at Houston, Pozzan led the Cougars both seasons in dual singles play. She finished her career with a record of 50-17, ranking third all-time in Houston school history with a 74.6 winning percentage. Pozzan also tallied a 48-21 overall doubles record in two seasons with the Cougars. She was named to the All C-USA Second Team in 2012 and to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. Before playing at Houston, Pozzan spent her first two years at Sam Houston State.Pozzan graduated with a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Houston.