Toni Neykova begins her sixth season as assistant coach of the Hawkeyes.
Neykova had an illustrious career as a tennis player for Iowa. She played from 1999-2002 and received many accolades, including being named an all-Big Ten selection all four years and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1999. In 1999 and 2000, Neykova qualified for the NCAA tournament in doubles with teammate Shera Wiegler. In 2002, Neykova became the first woman from the University of Iowa to qualify for the NCAA tournament in singles.
Neykova started playing tennis at age six in a local tennis club in her hometown of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She learned quickly and was named the Bulgarian Junior National Champion in the Under 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 age divisions. She teamed up with former Hawkeye Deni Alexandrova to win the Bulgarian National Women's doubles title in 1997, and she became the Bulgarian National Women's singles champion in 1998. Neykova was a member of the Bulgarian Junior National Team for five years and achieved a WTA singles ranking of 650 from 1997-1999.
Neykova received her B.B.A. from Iowa in economics in May 2002 and her M.A. in athletic administration in May 2006. She is married to Ned Mendenhall of Iowa City.