Director of Athletics Bob Stull named Myriam Sopel as UTEP's women's tennis head coach on January 15, 2014.
In her first season as head coach, Sopel guided the Miners to a 12-13 record during the spring season, including a trip to the 2014 Conference USA Tournament in Norfolk, Va. UTEP also posted a 2-1 league mark, defeating UTSA, 4-3, in San Antonio, Texas, and defeating Southern Miss, 6-1, at the El Paso Tennis Club.
Sopel mentored two 2014 All-Conference USA singles third team members in senior standout Rebeca Calvillo and junior transfer Davina Meza. It was the first time since the 2001 season that two Miners were named all conference in the same season.
After a slow 1-5 start at the beginning of dual-match play, the Miners won five of their next six matches from Feb. 14-Feb. 28. Prior to the conference tournament, UTEP completed the spring season winning four of its final five matches. The Miners posted their second consecutive winning record at the El Paso Tennis Club with an 8-4 mark.
The native of Toulouse, France, came to the Sun City from the University of Idaho, as she found herself in a familiar situation. She was hired as head coach at Idaho in December 2012 and immediately jumped into the spring season, where the Vandals recorded a 14-12 record and reached the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Miners began the 2014 spring season on January 31 against McNeese State in San Antonio.
Two Vandals earned first team All-Western Athletic Conference honors at the No. 1 doubles position under Sopel's tutelage in 2013. Victoria Lozano and Almudena Sanz finished the season with a 14-5 record, including a 7-0 mark in WAC play. Sanz earned WAC Player of the Week accolades on April 22, while Lozano garnered the same honor on April 15.
Sopel began her coaching career at Wagner College (Staten Island, N.Y.) in the fall of 2012.
A former standout and senior team captain at Indiana University, Sopel played four years for the Hoosiers where she compiled a 59-44 singles record and an 89-59 doubles mark. She was part of two Hoosier teams (2008, 2010) that qualified for the NCAA Championship. Sopel, along with teammate Leslie Hureau, earned a top national doubles ranking of No. 31. She graduated in May 2011 with a double major in journalism and Spanish, and was a four-time Academic All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Sopel was also the recipient of the 1A Faculty Athletic Representative Academic Excellence Award for achieving a GPA of 3.8 or better upon graduation.