DAVIS, Calif. — Eric Steidlmayer, who spent the last 14 seasons serving as head coach at his alma mater, UC San Diego, has been named head coach for the UC Davis men’s tennis program, it was announced on Monday by interim director of athletics, Nona Richardson.
Steidlmayer’s appointment concludes a nationwide search. He is set to assume coaching duties on July 30.
“I am very excited to be heading back to Northern California and to UC Davis,” said Steidlmayer. “I really enjoyed my two years in Davis. My immediate and extended family are excited for us to move there. We think that the UC Davis Athletics community is great and the Davis community as a whole is fantastic. I will be working extremely hard with the student-athletes to make the push up to the next level and compete for Big West Championships.”
Steidlmayer is no stranger to UC Davis, having served as an assistant coach with the Aggies for two seasons from 1997-98. Upon returning to UC San Diego in 1999, he reshaped the Tritons into a perennial national contender. Steidlmayer guided UC San Diego to 12 consecutive NCAA postseason appearances from 2000-2011, including a national semifinals appearance in 2007.
“Eric’s extensive experience as a head coach and a player make him the ideal candidate to lead our men’s tennis program forward.” said Richardson. “He has consistently advanced to NCAA postseason play in the Division II ranks and is a proven teacher and recruiter. We are excited about Eric returning to UC Davis and the future of the men’s tennis program.”
During his career at UCSD, Steidlmayer amassed a .628 winning percentage, posting a record of 182-108 over 14 years. He is the winningest men’s tennis coach in UCSD history.
The 2011 season certainly helped lift Steidlmayer’s win percentage as he led the Tritons to a perfect 20-0 record in regular season dual matches. For the 12th consecutive year, UCSD advanced to NCAA postseason play as it was the West Region’s top seed and received a free pass to the round of 16. The Tritons were ranked 10th in the final national poll and senior Erik Elliott picked up ITA All-America honors.
In 2007, UCSD had its best-ever national finish, completing a season in which it finished third nationally with an 18-7 overall record. UCSD defeated Northwest Missouri State in the round of 16 by a 5-0 score before disposing of 8th-ranked Barry University in the national quarterfinals by a 5-2 margin. The team’s season came to an end in the national semifinals, but not before a fight, as the Tritons played No. 5 Valdosta State very competitively before falling 5-1.
The 18 wins during the 2007 campaign included four against NCAA DI opponents and another two against UC Santa Cruz (the NCAA DIII national champion) and Azusa Pacific (the NAIA Division I national runner-up).
Steidlmayer graduated from UC San Diego in 1996 after playing three years on the Triton tennis team. While attending UCSD, he was named the Tritons’ Most Valuable Player after helping them earn a berth in the 1996 DIII national championship.
Steidlmayer earned a Master’s Degree in economics from UC Davis in the fall of 1998.