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Trittenwein steps down as UTSA head menís tennis coach

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/22/2010
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA Athletics Director Lynn Hickey announced Friday that head men’s tennis coach Dr. Oliver Trittenwein will resign his post effective July 31 to pursue other career opportunities.

“Oliver has done a good job with our program over the years,” Hickey said. “We wish him the best of luck as he pursues future endeavors.”

Trittenwein guided the Roadrunners to the Southland Conference Tournament Championship and a trip to the NCAA Championships this season. UTSA finished with a 13-10 record after falling to third-ranked Texas, 4-0, on May 14 and the Birds finished second in the league with a 3-2 mark.

“It is always difficult to leave a program that has been a part of my family for the last 12 years,” Trittenwein said. “I am thankful to be leaving a team at the pinnacle of success after winning the conference tournament and advancing to the NCAA Championships. I have left behind great leadership in Daniel Moreiras and Max Stratmann, who can lead the team back to the same type of success we experienced this season. I wish all the best to my current players, the incoming players and the administrative staff. UTSA will always have a special place in my heart.”

In his 11 seasons at UTSA, Trittenwein transformed the Roadrunners into one of the better programs in the Southland.

He registered a 123 victories, including a 39-21 league record, which translated to a .650 winning percentage. He also collected a pair of Southland Tournament Championships in 2002 and '10. The Johannesburg, South Africa, native also was recognized as the circuit’s Coach of the Year in 2001 after his team posted a perfect 6-0 mark and collected the regular season title. Trittenwein also led his squad to the conference tournament final match eight times, including a four-year stretch from 2005-08.

Under his tutelage, several UTSA players were recognized with the circuit’s highest honors.

Frederik Darmont earned 2000 Southland Newcomer of the Year honors and three Roadrunners — Jonas Hoglund (2003), Andre Moreira (2006) and Rodrigo Morgado (2007) — were named the league's Freshman of the Year. He also has coached a total of 50 All-Southland performers, including 30 first-teamers.

Trittenwein also stressed the importance of classroom success, as six Roadrunners earned Southland All-Academic honors, including 2009 Student-Athlete of the Year Andre Moreira. Meanwhile, 16 players were named to the league’s commissioner’s honor roll.

A national search is underway for his replacement.

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