- Earned first collegiate head coaching win at home vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene.
- Came to Ashland after almost a decade at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina as a coach and player.
Ashland University stayed local in naming its new head women's tennis coach, announcing the hiring of Lexi Bolesky on June 21, 2016.
The Eagles went 1-17 in Bolesky's first season, capping off the year with a 9-0 home win over Mount Vernon Nazarene.
Bolesky, a native of nearby Lexington, Ohio, spent the better part of the previous decade at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina – first as a player, then as an assistant coach.
Bolesky played for the Chanticleers from 2007-11, then became their volunteer assistant coach in the fall of 2012, then assistant coach starting in the spring of 2014. As an assistant, Bolesky helped Coastal Carolina to three consecutive seasons with at least 16 wins overall, as well as a share of the Big South regular-season title in 2015, and coached two Big South Freshmen of the Year.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Bolesky was a three-time All-Big South selection in both singles and doubles, and boasted a 74-44 career record in singles and a 74-39 career mark in doubles. She graduated Cum Laude from Coastal Carolina in the fall of 2011 with a degree in Recreation and Sport Management, earned three NCAA Academic All-American honors and was a four-year Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative.
As a prep star at Lexington High School, Bolesky won an Ohio team state championship and was the state individual runner-up in 2006. She also earned two Division I first-team (junior and senior seasons) and two D-I second-team (freshman and sophomore seasons) awards.