Katie Mancebo enters her sixth season at the helm of the Valkyries Tennis program and eighth overall season.
While at Converse, the Valkyries have seen an increase in wins and has made the Conference Carolinas Tournament each season. During Mancebo's first season with the Valkyries in 2014, Converse made an appearance in the Conference Carolinas Tournament for the first time since the 2011 season.
The 2017-18 team earned the Women's Tennis Sportsmanship Award for Conference Carolinas.
During the 2015-16 season, Mancebo guided her team to a program's best eight victories while seeing the tennis program receive their first ever Conference Carolinas Tennis Player of the Week honors (Klaire Rouse).
Mancebo came to Converse after spending a year at the helm of the DuBois Area High School girls tennis program in DuBois, PA. Since returning to the Spartanburg area, Mancebo has organized and led private and group clinics for the Spartanburg Athletic Club.
Mancebo was the coach of the US Deaf Tennis Team from 2013-15. During that time she coached the team to a Gold-Place finish in doubles and a silver in mixed doubles during the 2013 season. Her 2014 women's team finished silver in the World Team Deaf Championships held in Chattanooga, Tenn., while she guided the men's team to a 5th-place finish. Finally, during the 2015 championships in Nottingham, England, Mancebo coached the tops women's player to a silver-place finish in singles, top mixed doubles team to a gold finish, and top women's doubles to a silver finish.
In 2007, Mancebo accepted her first head coaching position at Covenant College in Lookout Moutain,GA. At the helm of both the men’s and women’s programs, she led the Lady Scots to a Champion of Character award and a fifth place finish in the Appalachian Atlantic Conference (AAC) in their inaugural season. In addition to her coaching and recruiting duties, Mancebo was named the Director of Athletic Facilities and Operations in her final season for the Scots.
After her departure from Covenant in August 2007, Mancebo accepted her first Division I assistant coaching position locally at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. During her five year tenure at Wofford College, she was an integral part of both the men’s and women’s programs. During the 2007-2008 season, Mancebo guided the Terriers to an 11-2 start and an opening round bye in the Southern Conference Tournament. Following the program’s separation in 2008, Mancebo was promoted to women’s head tennis coach after just her first year with the Terriers.
Mancebo graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2002 as a double major in Business Management with focuses in Human Resource Management and General Management. A four year varsity athlete for the Mocs, Mancebo earned three straight Academic All-American honors beginning in her freshman season.