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St. Edward's Athletics | August 1, 2014

St. Edward's hires Strecker as men's tennis coach

Estevam Strecker
AUSTIN, Texas -- St. Edward's athletic director Debbie Taylor announced the hiring of Estevam Strecker as men's tennis coach Friday. Strecker comes to St. Edward's after coaching at the Austin Tennis Academy for the past seven years.

While at the Austin Tennis Academy, Strecker was an Academy coach since 2007 and the fitness director for the past six years. He was also a college prep teacher in anatomy and physiology since 2010 for the Academy.

Strecker's coaching experience extends into the collegiate ranks when he was an assistant coach for his alma mater, Auburn, from 2004-07. He coached the men for one season and the women for two seasons.

"I am really excited about this position and opportunity," Strecker said. "I know I have some very accomplished shoes to step into, but I am ready for the challenge. Coaching is a passion of mine, college coaching is where I want to be, and coaching at St. Edward's is a dream come true. St. Edward's is a powerhouse in men's tennis in the Heartland Conference and I have every intention of keeping it that way. In the process, it is my goal to develop, not only great tennis players, but also great young men who can go out into the world and make great things happen."

A Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, native, Strecker played his collegiate tennis at Auburn from 1999-02. While a Tiger, Strecker claimed 86 singles victories, which is good enough for sixth on the all-time list, and helped the squad to three consecutive national rankings. He led Auburn to three NCAA tournament appearances. His senior season, he was team captain and led his team to its best NCAA DI ranking (11th) and a national quarterfinals tournament finish. Strecker was named Academic All-America his senior season and was also named Academic All-SEC three times.

"Estevam Strecker is a perfect fit to lead our men's tennis program," Taylor said. "He understands the mission of the university and his energy and enthusiasm will motivate and position our student-athletes to achieve their goals, both on and off the court. I couldn't be more excited about Estevam being named the head coach and about the future of this program under his leadership."

Strecker graduated cum laude from Auburn in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, and in '07 with a master's degree in exercise physiology.

He takes over a Hilltopper team that has been nothing short of spectacular. Since moving to NCAA Division II, St. Edward's has won eight Heartland Conference titles, which includes the past six in a row. They have also advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the past six seasons and 13 times overall. In 2014, the Hilltoppers advanced to the NCAA Round of 32.

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