Meet The Staff
Certified Tennis Professionals & Competitive Players
Ilija Cuic – Tennis Director
Ilija is a native of Croatia, MSHS Head Girls Tennis coach and a former Wichita State University tennis player. While at WSU, Ilija played at the top of the line up in singles and doubles his whole career and was a team captain his senior year. He was a three-time team MVC all conference player as well as a two-time MVC champion.
Some of his accomplishments as a junior tennis player in Croatia include being a five-time national champion, member of the National team and being ranked TOP100 juniors in the world. While playing for the national team, he won the bronze medal in the European Championship in Villagarcia, Spain. Playing professionally, Ilija competed against several TOP10 players such as Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic and Ryan Harrison.
“Ability is what you are capable of doing, motivation determines what you do, attitude determines how well you do it.“
– Lou Holtz
From 2012-2014, he worked as a head tennis professional and director of tennis camps at the prestigious Apawamis Country Club in Rye, New York. While at Apawamis, Ilija was actively involved in all aspects of club operations as well as overseeing the adult tennis program. Ilija earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in marketing. For three years, he was an active member and social council of SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) at WSU.
Sergio De Vilchez – Head Tennis Professional
Sergio comes from Spain with a great tennis resume. He played for WSU with great success, standing out in his senior year in 2016 when he clinched the crucial last point in the Missouri Valley Championship match to win the Championship for the Shockers and punch the ticket to NCAA Tournament.
Before he was a Shocker, Sergio spent two years at NCAA Division II Northwest Missouri State where he played No. 1 singles for the Bearcats and held down a Top-20 D-II national ranking for much of his sophomore year.
“One of my greatest joys is to see people get healthier, to help them exceed their expectations and actualize their goals. All while realizing that exercise is fun”.
Sergio was part of a doubles team that ranked sixth nationally. Prior to college, Sergio appeared twice in the semifinals of Spain’s U18 Junior National Tournament, advancing to the championship round in 2010. Sergio is currently serving as the manager of the WSU Men’s Tennis Team.
Eddie Stoica – Assistant Tennis Professional
Eddie comes from Auckland, New Zealand. In 2015, Eddie was awarded a scholarship from Wichita State University and had a great freshman season as a Shocker. He earned MVC All-Conference honors already in his first season at Wichita State. He was ranked second on the team with a singles record of 17-10. Eddie helped the Shockers win MVC title and secure a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Eddie was undefeated in MVC play and was 4-0 when playing at No. 4 and 5-1 at No. 5 singles spot. Eddie finished the season winning seven of his last eight matches. Before he became a Shocker, Eddie attended Saint Kentigern College, which is considered the top tennis school in New Zealand, where he was the academy’s “Sportsman of the Year.” He was a three-time World Secondary Schools Championship qualifier who captured both the Auckland Secondary Schools singles and doubles crowns over the course of his career. Eddie was a three-time winner of Saint Kent’s Senior Championship, a four-time ITF doubles runner-up and a winner of the Auckland Men’s Spring Open championship.
“What I love the most about coaching is to see peoples desire to learn and when that desire turns into progress. But then it also turns into a smile on their face.”
From 2012-2015, Eddie worked as a Director of Junior development at Sunny Hills Tennis Academy in Auckland, New Zealand. Eddie is a double major student at WSU, majoring in International Business and Management with minors in Finance and Entrepreneurship. With a very extensive resume, Eddie is a great addition to our program as he has a lot of experience with junior, professional and collegiate tennis.