GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Cerino announced that Stephen Schram has been named the head coach for the Limestone women’s tennis program effective immediately.

A highly accomplished coach and player, Schram comes to Limestone following five years of coaching at the Division I level, most recently as the top assistant with Bucknell. 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 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, 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.

Schram graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2006.

He becomes the seventh women’s tennis coach since the program was founded in 1994 and the first individual hired to focus on only the women’s program.