Schram assumes men's tennis role
Adds on to current role as head women's tennis coach
GAFFNEY, S.C. -– Limestone and vice president for intercollegiate athletics Mike Cerino have announced that Steve Schram, head women's tennis coach, has been named head men's tennis coach effective immediately. He will also continue his duties with the women's tennis program.
"Steve is a coach who has come in and done a tremendous job with our women's tennis program over the last two years," Cerino said. "After seeing what he has accomplished with that team in so short a time, we are looking forward to what he can achieve with our men's program."
Since joining the Limestone athletics department in the fall of 2011, Schram has led the women's tennis program to a resurgence in the past two seasons. In the two years prior to his arrival, the Saints had gone a combined 3-36 overall and 2-17 in Conference Carolinas play. In his first two years he has produced an overall mark of 30-16 and a stellar 17-5 league mark, with a pair of third-place finishes in the Conference Carolinas tournament.
In 2012, his first season at the helm, he engineered an incredible 13-win turnaround with a 14-8 overall mark and a solid 8-3 conference record that put Limestone squarely in second place in the West Division regular season standings. After winning their first tournament match since 2009, it took the eventual conference champions, Erskine, to knock them out, but the Saints would still notch a third-place finish.
The following season would be even more impressive as Limestone went 16-8 overall and 9-2 in Conference Carolinas action to earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The 16 wins were the most since the 2008 squad posted an identical 16-8 record and the 2013 team once again delivered a third-place finish in postseason play.
Over the course of those two years he has coached a total of three All-Conference Carolinas selections, including 2013 First-Team choice Segolene Ollivier and two-time honoree Julia Moreira, as well as a pair of All-Tournament selections in Jimena Munoz Quiroga (2012) and Lauren Bolender (2013).
Schram will now take the helm of a men's tennis program that is at one of its highest levels in years, following a 19-8 overall record, 9-1 Conference Carolinas mark, first Conference Carolinas tournament championship, third NCAA Division II tournament appearance and the first NCAA tournament win in program history.
A highly accomplished coach and player prior to joining Limestone, Schram came to Gaffney following five years of coaching at the Division I level, most recently as the top assistant with Bucknell. During his time in Lewisburg, Pa. he helped the Bison women's tennis program to runner-up finishes in the Patriot League in 2009 and 2010. Those same years he coached the league's Rookie of the Year (2009) and Player of the Year (2010).
Prior to his time at Bucknell, Schram served as assistant women's tennis coach at Radford during the 2007-08 season, helping the team to a 12-10 record, and was the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C. in 2006-07.
As a college tennis player, the native of Zanesville, Ohio, began his career at Division II Charleston (W. Va.) in 2001-02. After playing one season at the top of the lineup for the Golden Eagles, Schram transferred to Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla., then a Division II member.
During his time at FGCU, he lettered in each of his three seasons and helped the Eagles to a No. 9 national ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll as a junior in 2005.
Among his professional credentials are active membership in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and attainment of a specialty degree in Competitive Player Development from the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and USTA. He is also certified in Level I Sports Science by the USTA, holds a P1 rating (the highest available) by the USPTA and has attained the highest level, Professional, through the Professional Tennis Registry.
"I would like to thank Dr. Griffin and Coach Cerino for this tremendous opportunity to work with both teams," said Schram. "It will be an exciting challenge but I couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity. I like challenges and using my hard work and experience to achieve team goals."
Schram graduated from Florida Gulf Coast in 2006 and holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.