June 14, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon announced Saturday (June 14) the hiring of Adam Steinberg as the new head men's tennis coach for the Wolverine program. Steinberg is the 15th coach in the storied history of the program.
"We are excited to announce the hiring of Adam Steinberg as the leader of our men's tennis program," said Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics.
"Adam comes to Michigan with national championship experience and a track record of consistent success at the highest level of collegiate tennis. We believe he can lead our men's tennis program in a positive direction."
Steinberg arrives in Ann Arbor after a successful 12-year head coaching tenure with Pepperdine University (2002-14), where he delivered a national championship in 2006 and compiled an overall record of 265-92 (.742) as the leader of the Waves.
"I am honored to be leading the Michigan men's tennis team and want to thank Dave Brandon and Mike DeBord for this tremendous opportunity," said Steinberg. "The University of Michigan represents a standard of academic and athletic excellence, and I look forward to contributing to the program's rich tradition."
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 was 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 395-171 (.698). 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 (4).
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