Hedberg came to Cheney in September 2011, after ahighly-successful collegiate playing career at Louisiana StateUniversity, as well as several years as a teaching professional andprivate coach.
Upon graduating from LSU, Hedberg served as a volunteerassistant coach for the Tigers during the 2010 season. She has alsospent more than two years coaching at a variety of clubs inLouisiana, New York and California. This past year, she served ashead girls tennis coach at Oxnard High School, helping the YellowJackets to a second-place finish in the Pacific View League.
In April 2011, Hedberg was inducted into Oxnard High School'sinaugural Hall of Fame class, which recognizes individuals who havemaintained a high standard of excellence and made a significantcontribution to Oxnard High and/or in their chosen career fieldsafter graduation.
Hedberg is originally from Oxnard, Calif., and she is the oldersister of Eastern's highly-touted recruit MoiraHedberg, who is in her first season with the Eagles.
"Mykala is awesome addition to the program," said Haworth. "Ibelieve she is one of the best up-and-coming young coaches in thecountry and we are glad to have her here at EWU. She has both greatcoaching and playing experience that will no doubt make her a veryvaluable asset to the program. With her ties in California andthroughout the country, she will also significantly help ourrecruiting efforts."
As a collegiate athlete, Hedberg became one of the most prolificdoubles players in LSU history. She amassed 87 career victoriesduring her four-year tenure, and was frequently ranked among thetop 20 doubles players in the nation.
Hedberg earned her highest ITA ranking of No. 11 during hersenior season, in which she, and partner Megan Falcon, finishedwith an impressive 27-10 overall record. Hedberg and Falcon claimedeight doubles victories over nationally-ranked opponents thatseason, and claimed the 2008 ITA Southwest Region doubles title. Asa pair, Hedberg and Falcon twice competed in the NCAAchampionships.
Although her most significant impact was in doubles, Hedberg wasalso a dominant force in singles play. She celebrated many notablewins as LSU's No. 2 player, including arguably the biggest of hercareer - a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over 48th-ranked Marija Zubori ofSouth Carolina.
Also during her 2008-09 season, Hedberg clinched a match for theTigers against 13th-ranked Kentucky with a victory at No. 2singles. For that performance against UK, Hedberg earned SEC Playerof the Week honors. She was also a 2008 and 2009 All-Louisianaselection.
In singles, Hedberg ranked as high as No. 19 in the SouthwestRegion during her junior campaign, and climbed to No. 25 in the ITArankings as a senior. In her career, she had six singles victoriesversus Top-125 opponents.