Steinberg Returns to Michigan as Head Men's Tennis Coach
Steinberg Named Michigan Men's Tennis Head Coach
The Wolverines will officially begin the Adam Steinberg era on Tuesday, Jan. 20, when they host Western Michigan at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Adam Steinberg is in his third season as head coach in 2016-17. He was announced June 14, 2014 as the 15th head coach in the storied history of the Michigan men's tennis program.
Steinberg led Michigan to its biggest turnaround in school history during the 2015-16 season, increasing U-M's win total from seven to 21 with essentially the same team. The Wolverines went 14-0 at the Varsity Tennis Center, marking the first undefeated season in school history at the VTC. U-M finished tied for the third in the Big Ten with an 8-3 record and made a run to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. In its return to the NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines knocked off East Tennessee State in the first round before falling in a tight 4-2 match to No. 6 Wake Forest. Michigan, which began the season unranked, finished at No. 25 in the final ITA rankings.
Steinberg arrived in Ann Arbor after a successful 13-year head coaching tenure with Pepperdine University (2002-14), where he delivered a national championship in 2006 and compiled an overall record of 282-105 (.729) as the leader of the Waves.
The 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year and a seven-time West Coach Conference Coach of the Year, Steinberg guided Pepperdine to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including five Sweet 16 appearances, one Elite Eight trip and two Final Four appearances.
Steinberg won 10 WCC tournament championships and two conference regular-season titles during his tenure with the program, and 10 of his 13 teams finished in top 30 of the final ITA national rankings. Following the 2006 season, which saw the Waves go 36-2 overall and claim the NCAA team title, he was honored as the ITA National Coach of the Year. Steinberg also claimed the ITA Southwest Regional Coach of the Year in 2012 and was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Eleven of Steinberg's players at Pepperdine were named ITA All-Americans 27 times (13 in singles, 14 in doubles), and a Wave student-athlete has been named WCC Player of the Year in 12 of his 13 seasons. In addition, he tutored 32 All-WCC first-team selections in singles and 18 first-team doubles pairs.
In 22 years as a head coach, Steinberg, who has also made coaching stops at Alabama, Northwestern and St. John's, has accumulated an overall record of 412-184 (.691). Prior to taking the helm at Pepperdine, he was the head coach at Alabama (1998-02), where he posted an overall record of 69-57 (.548) and led the Crimson Tide to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
A native of New York, Steinberg began his coaching career at St. John's University from 1991-95. In five seasons with the Red Storm, he posted a dual-match record of 61-22 (.735) and led the program to a Big East title in 1991. Steinberg was an assistant coach at St. John's for the 1989-90 season and spent two seasons at Northwestern (1996-97).
Steinberg enjoyed a successful collegiate tennis career at Penn State (1984-88), where he served as team captain his senior season. He received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Penn State in 1989.
Steinberg and his wife, Casey, have one daughter, Mia.