In just two seasons as the head coach for the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Tennis program, Steve Anschutz has made his impact on the program.
In 2016, Anschutz guided the Falcons to a program-record 18 wins, helping the team post an 18-8 record. In addition, he coached the NACC Freshmen of the Year for the second straight season, helping guide Christian Docter in his first year with the Falcons.
CUW finished second in the NACC under Anschutz in 2016, reaching the league tournament title game, before falling against Edgewood College.
In his first season with the Men's program (2015) led the Falcons to a 6-2 mark in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, good for a third place finish. CUW once again appeared in the NACC Tournament, reaching the semifinal round and finished the year with an overall record of 9-12.
Anschutz's squad was very young in 2015 as helped guide a roster that had five freshmen, two sophomores. The Falcons had just three upperclassmen, but still remained near the top of the NACC standings. In addition, Anschutz coached Brad Guendel to NACC Freshman of the Year honors, as the Falcons had three players earn All-NACC honors.
In three seasons as head coach of the Women's program, Anschutz has produced a 27-5 NACC record, which has included a pair of apperances in the NACC Tournament Finals. The Falcons have won 37 total matches in three years under Anschutz's guidance.
The former CUW tennis star rejoined the Falcon athletic team, as head coach of the Women’s Team program beginning with the spring 2012 season.
Anschutz had an impressive collegiate tennis career helping CUW win three-consecutive Northern Athletics Conference regular season and tournament titles. He finished his career with a 67-39 overall (25-1 NAC) record in singles play and a 63-44 overall (24-3 NAC) record in doubles competition. Since graduation, he has continued his involvement in tennis and has been a part of the distinguished Paley Tennis Center for more than three years.
While being a tennis instructor, Anschutz has helped coach the top-ranked juniors in Wisconsin. He has also helped start two very strong tennis programs: the Paley Tennis Camp in Fredonia, Wis., and a kids’ summer program in Fox Point, Wis.
Beyond being a tennis instructor, Anschutz has helped coach the Nicolet High School varsity tennis teams. NHS has the highest all-time win percentage in Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tennis history and has one of the strongest high school programs in the nation. While coaching at NHS, Anschutz was the singles coach of both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams. Under his tutelage, three out of four singles competitors on the girls’ team made WIAA State Tournament appearances, along with two out of four boys’ single competitors. None of those players had made it to the WIAA State Tournament previously.
He attributes much of his personal success in tennis to being a student of the game; always learning from other players, coaches, and even his own players. “I have high hopes for the CUW Falcons Tennis programs. Our number one goal will be to continue to grow and achieve individual and collective success.”
|2015||9-12 (.429)||6-2 (.750)||3rd (NACC)|
|2016||18-8 (.692)||7-1 (.875)||2nd (NACC)|